Wendy’s offers free chicken nuggets as part of ‘GroupNug’ promotion amid coronavirus pandemic

Wendy’s is taking a page out of Taco Bell’s playbook with plans to start handing out its signature menu item amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — completely free of charge. On Tuesday, Wendy’s announced that participating restaurants across the country will be giving away orders of 4-Piece Chicken Nuggets to anyone who visits the drive-thru this Friday, April 24. The company says the promotion, called “GroupNug,” was inspired by the chain’s team members and restaurant crews who have been “going above and beyond” to help out their communities. “Wendy’s restaurant teams across the nation have been living out one of Wendy’s most important values — Do the Right Thing — by helping their communities wherever they can during this unprecedented time,” said Carl Loredo, the chief marketing officer of Wendy’s U.S, in a press release. “These actions shine a light on so many individuals both in Wendy’s and across the nation doing good for others. We want to show our appreciation with our GroupNug offer for the entire country.” Wendy’s has also been sharing news of its exceptional team members to its Square Deal Blog, which has been documenting instances of Wendy’s franchisees providing free meals to front-line workers, first responders and those in need. “We’re extremely proud of all the efforts we’ve seen and we know there are more out there,” the blog reads. “It’s people like those above who shine bright and keep us going at times like these.” In honor of the GroupNug promotion, the Wendy’s Twitter account is even taking a break from its usual snarky self to instead honor the workers and citizens who “deserve some shine right now.” Wendy’s GroupNug promotion kicks off at participating restaurants this Friday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. No purchase is necessary, but orders of free nuggets are limited to one per vehicle.

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Wendy’s giving away Jr. Frosties with drive-thru orders

The people behind the Wendy’s Twitter account took a short break from skewering rival fast-food chains to announce a bit of good news for anyone who could use a treat during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Wendy’s confirmed that it would be giving away a free Jr. Frosty — either chocolate or vanilla — with every drive-thru order, beginning that day at participating restaurants. The promotion will run for a “limited time,” according to the chain. “The little things can make all the difference sometimes,” Wendy’s wrote in a Tweet shared Monday. “Get a free Jr. Frosty with every Wendy’s drive-thru order starting today.” Wendy’s, meanwhile, has suspended all dine-in services amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, although drive-thru and carryout service will still be available, depending on the location. Food is also available for delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates. “With the rapid pace at which things are changing around us, we are continually adapting to best support the Wendy’s Family, including our team members, franchisees, customers and all of our Company employees who have been providing unwavering support to our franchisees and restaurant teams during these difficult times,” said Todd Penegor, Wendy’s president and CEO, in a statement shared Sunday. “While there is much uncertainty right now, we do know that our restaurants are essential to feeding our communities, and we are doing everything possible to keep our restaurants open, while following public health guidance and the evolving guidelines from national, state and local governments.” Wendy’s is just one of dozens of national restaurant chains to modify service in response to health and safety guidelines.

Why Wendy’s is the only fast food chain with baked potatoes

When you go to a fast food burger chain, the one side dish you can absolutely count on are fries. But for all the chopped and fried taters in the restaurant, one side is conspicuously missing from all but one: baked potatoes. Wendy’s baked potatoes might be even more famous than the chain’s fries. Customers load tubers up with chili, broccoli and cheese, sour cream and chives, and more. The “side” can get hefty enough to count as a meal of its own—each potato is about 11.5 ounces before adding toppings, according to Thrillist. Wendy’s sells a whopping 1 million baked potatoes every week, making it a pretty major revenue-builder for the company. So why haven’t more chains gotten on board? First of all, let’s go back to why Wendy’s started selling spuds in the first place. In the ’80s and ’90s, low-fat diets were all the rage. but there was definite appeal to replacing oil-drenched fries with a fat-free potato. Low-carb diets rose and fell, but the modest baked potato kept standing. We now know why “fat is bad”, but the baked potatoes are still a virtuous choice when you’re surrounded by fattier, saltier options. A regular baked potato has 270 calories, seven grams each of protein and fiber, and no fat to speak of. Ordering one with broccoli and cheese can add some green to your plate, too. Even loading a potato with cheese and bacon bits won’t put the 480-calorie side far off from the 420 calories in a medium order of fries, which only have five grams of fiber and six grams of protein. As health-conscious customers have made the push to fast food chains to serve more nutritious choices—most have side salads and apple slices—you’d think a plain baked potato would be a simple no-brainer. But for chains emphasizing the “fast” in “fast food,” it’s not that simple. “If you’ve ever cooked baked potatoes at home, you know it takes a while,” Lori Estrada, Wendy’s vice president of culinary innovation, tells Thrilist. “And we cook them from a raw state, in an oven, wrapped in foil, baked for an hour, just like you would at home.” Naturally, the cooking itself would take a lot of planning. But there’s also the matter of equipment. Fast food restaurants don’t typically have convection ovens, like the ones Wendy’s uses for its famous potatoes. Adding one in every location would be a major expense, and most chains just aren’t willing to make the move—especially if Wendy’s already has its grip on the fast-food potato market. A few chains have tried to make the jump. Carl Jr. used to sell baked potatoes, and as did Burger King during its early-’90s attempt to create a classier environment with table-service Dinner Baskets. Canadian Arby’s and select U.S. locations have them on the menu, as does the Mid-Atlantic chain, Roy Rogers. Unless anyone else decides to make push for potatoes, though, you’ll have to head to Wendy’s for your fast food non-fry fix if you’re in another part of the country.

Video released of customer throwing alligator through Wendy’s drive-thru

Surveillance video released Thursday shows a Florida man tossing a live alligator through a Wendy’s restaurant drive-thru window, providing new details on an incident that occurred in Palm Beach County last October. In the video, Jupiter, Fla. resident Joshua James can be seen paying for his drink order around 1:30 AM, then, as the female cashier turns her back to the customer to get change, James is seen tossing a blurry object through the drive-thru window and quickly driving away. That object was a 3.5 foot alligator James later claimed to have found on the side of the road, according to Florida Fish Wildlife and Conservation officials. The Wendy’s employee first appears to be smiling at the reptile but soon gets spooked and moves to the ledge of drive-thru window before hurling herself outside. The surveillance footage from Wendy’s was provided to The Smoking Gun in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with Florida prosecutors. In February, James was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, illegal possession of an alligator and petty theft. After posting $6,000 bond, James was legally banned from all Wendy’s restaurants and is prohibited from contact with “any animals except current family dog.” He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and to avoid possessing any weapons. In February, James told WPTV that is he “sorry for what he did” and that he “was just being stupid and not thinking.” He claims his “pranking” days are now over. When asked why he decided to throw an alligator through the drive-thru window, James said, “We’re just like outdoors kinda people and just anything we find we kinda just like catch – you know, snakes, lizards, anything. And we just saw an alligator and caught it and were handling it and like I said, ideas start popping and one thing lead to another.” James was scheduled to appear in court at the end of last month but an official with Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller’s office told FoxNews.com that his court date has been postponed until May.

Holy crap!!  What is wrong with some people?!?  To see the video of this craziness, click on the text above.