In late August, hundreds of coffee drinkers showed up at various Starbucks locations in Denver with a coupon for free, and unlimited, grande iced coffees through September 30. But they soon discovered that the too-good-to-be-true voucher, which had been distributed across the Internet, was a hoax. But for anyone who was taken in by that phony offer, here's a new one: Jamba Juice has apparently launched a new promotional campaign in which it pays customers one hundred dollars to drink one of its smoothies.
A hundred smackers! Seriously?
Well, no. Still, one guy managed to get away with it on September 4.
That day, a middle-aged male described on a Denver Police Department incident report as slim, tall and having "bad teeth" ordered a drink from the Jamba Juice at 1685 South Colorado Boulevard. The 22-year-old cashier made the smoothie and rang it up for $3.19. The man handed over a hundred-dollar bill as payment, but then "verbally confused" the employee into giving him $96.81 in change as well as returning the Benjamin. Before the cashier could put together what had happened, though, Mr. Bad Teeth had already disappeared down the street on foot.
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The report didn't say what drink he was sucking down while he made his escape. Strawberry Nirvana? Mighty Cherry Charger? Mango Mantra? Mmmm, more like Smoothie Operator. — Jared Jacang Maher