Yesterday a man in Santee skipped work to partake in a free $6 Denny’s Grand Slam Breakfast, which ultimately led to his job loss, and divorce.
During last Sunday’s Superbowl, Denny’s aired a commercial that announced they would be giving away free Grand Slams to the public on the following Tuesday. After seeing the ad, 43-year-old Roy Patterson reportedly became obsessed with the idea of getting the free breakfast (which consists of two pancakes, two eggs, two strips of bacon, and two sausage links).
Tuesday morning Patterson secretly avoided going to work, then made his way over to Denny’s, where he waited in line for three hours with hundreds of other Santee residents.
While Patterson ate the free $6 breakfast, his car was towed for being illegally parked. Patterson witnessed the tow truck taking his own car away, but was indifferent to losing his vehicle, and continued to savor his free food.
After getting his car back from the impound, Patterson arrived to his job six hours late. He was immediately fired, then escorted from the building by security.
Brad Jones, Patterson’s supervisor explained, “We had a critical meeting with one of our top customers on Tuesday. Roy Patterson absolutely needed to be there, there’s no excuse.”
After learning her husband was fired because he decided to waste his whole morning waiting for a free $6 breakfast, Patterson’s wife, (now ex-wife) Lisa, informed Roy she was leaving him, thus ending their 15-year marriage.
She exclaimed, “That was the last straw! Roy makes $40 an hour working for a defense contractor. It made no sense for him to waste three hours waiting for a free $6 breakfast…which is why I’m taking the kids and leaving him.”
When asked by reporters if having his car towed, losing his job, and getting divorced was worth the free $6 breakfast, Patterson said, “Definitely. It’s a free breakfast. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”