Entertainment Book Issues...
Three weeks ago, stop by a local Chinese food restaurant in the northside for after work drink / early dinner with a colleague, show the waitress the coupon, she said, "let me check with manager", manager came back and said, that was a 2009 coupon, we stopped accepting them. I showed her the expiry date on the coupon and she said, it is a misprint, we are not offering any 2010 discounts. Probably because I was making a little bit of a fuzz over it, she honored the coupon and gave us one dish free, she immediately photocopied the coupon and posted the copy as a sign on the door. On our way out, we read it, "Due to counterfeits, we no longer accept Entertainment Book coupons."
Fast forward to yesterday, went to Arby's, the clerk looked at the coupon and said, these are good at Medicine Hat locations only. Sure enough, small prints on the back says Medicine Hat locations only. Medcine Hat is a good 5 hours drive from Edmonton, why would they put Medicine Hat coupons in an Edmonton Entertainment book (and not in the out-of-town section)?
After those incidents, I went through and pulled out what I think I can actually use from the book, unlike in prior years, there are very very few coupons from popular places within Edmonton. In additions, a large percentage of the coupons are from surrounding communities, some hours away from Edmonton. I can understand putting some of those in the out-of-town section for when you are on vacation. Putting them in the local dining section seems out-of-place. Not sure if this is only happening in Edmonton of not. I still have an old book behind and the new one is about 2/3 the thickness of the old 2007 version so I am guessing the overall number of coupons also dropped.