We all like coffee. We all like free stuff. These are the universal truths of the universe. Wait, I can't say "universal truths of the universe." That's redundant and hacky. Whatever, it's been a long day. We've been asked about a Dunkin' Donuts promotion for free coffee in September for teachers. Well, unfortunately that story and a nickel will get you a cup of coffee. And then you'll still need like... another $4.83 because coffee is expensive these days. It's most certainly not free.

Many moons ago, about 50 or so of them, a single Dunkin' Donuts location did run a Free Coffee For Teachers promotion every Monday in September as a sort of teacher appreciation at the start of the school year. This was 2014, in Minooka, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and hometown of one Nick "Ron Swanson" Offerman.

The Dunkin' Donuts corporate Facebook account even confirmed back in 2014 it was just a local event, NOT a nationwide campaign. But much like videos of people falling on ice, the story quickly went viral. And it persists to this day. Every year, Dunkin' Donuts has to field questions about it. You'll probably see something pop up in your Facebook feed about it. Keep this link handy so you can debunk the idea of free coffee.

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