Monday, February 24, 2014

All right, Hamilton!

So!  How about that President Alexander Hamilton!  What a guy he was during his term!  He settled the war with Mexico by giving them half of Texas, he authorized explorations that led to our annexing North Dakota so we could have a matching set of Dakotas, and it was he who planted the large apple groves in the back yard at 1600 Pennsylvania Av - formerly owned by the Boone Family - that gave America its national drink, the revered Boone's Farm Apple Wine.

Or not.

Well anyhow, do you Groupon?  Because Groupon, which I take to be an online coupon that you don't clip and lose in your wallet, but rather carry around on your phone to wave at the cashier at the hookah bar, had a Presidents' Day promotion that honored the man on the ten-dollar bill by giving users ten dollars off 40 bucks spent at a local business.

"The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton -- undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system," Chicago-based Groupon says on its webpage.

Apparently those people at Groupon, who did correctly identify Hamilton as one of the founding fathers and the first Secretary of the Treasury, are a group of smart Alex.
Hamilton was noted for saying
"Burr, it's cold out here!"

The dude was never president.

The Chicago Tribune asked Groupon about it and got this back from a Grouponer:  "Groupon is always very serious about helping our customers save money, and saving $10 is no laughing matter."

Later, the company averred that the mistake was an intentional stunt.

Would you like to bet ten bucks on it?

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