SPOTLIGHT: The Olive Garden Act-Of-Kindness Receipt Controversy


The Web is an understandably cynical place, and it's been abuzz about the posting of what appears to be an Olive Garden receipt that showed a comped meal for a family that had lost their home to fire. What raised all-you-can-eat eyebrows was that the receipt image said "duplicate receipt. Stored order," which to many suggested that it was an employee of the chain who posted it, rather than a customer. Also, the photo was perfectly framed to show the full Olive Garden logo on a nearby menu, something that a marketer would think of much more than a consumer. The consumer who posted the image, though, is now defending it as real. Story.