IHOP Free Pancake Day 2009: Free to Those Who Hate Children


It’s IHOP Pancake Day 2009, and what better way to celebrate free food than to feel guilty if you don’t pay for it? ABC has details on the event:

It’s National Pancake Day and to celebrate, free pancakes will be handed out all over the (nation) today… as local IHOPs join with that chain’s restaurants across the country to help the Children’s Miracle Network.

National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday.

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly two million dollars to support charities in the communities in which it operates. With your help, we hope to raise $1,000,000 for Children’s Miracle Network in 2009!

IHOP will serve one free short stack per customer, then ask for a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network. In other words, if you take the free pancakes and don’t donate, you’re a soulless freeloader. If you do donate, the pancakes aren’t free.

But hey, it’s for a good cause, so get out there!

Written by Drea Knufken

Drea Knufken

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