‘Corruption’ coffee popular on voting day

2014-05-07 22:58

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David Goldschagg “seriously” considered not voting or spoiling his ballot today but decided against it: “If you don’t, you might as well not be a citizen.”

Goldschagg was among the millions of South Africans who voted today – and the over 500 people who used their inked thumb to get a free coffee at Wimpy in Greenside, Joburg.

“I’ve always voted,” said Kevin Feather, proudly showing off his inked thumb. As a regular customer, the special offer drove him to the restaurant straight from the polls.

“Today the incentive was the free coffee,” Feather said.

Mohamed Mohamed, along with his wife and daughter, joined his parents at the restaurant after voting separately. “You must realise what democracy is about. It’s about exercising your vote,” said Mohamed.

He said voting was important in order to create change. And the free coffee?

“It gave us a taste of corruption,” said Mohamed, to laughter from his family.

The Fish & Chip Co. also offered an election special – two free samoosas with an order of mini chips, or a lower price on a specific meal combo – but faced logistical problems. Its restaurant in Cresta Mall was only informed of the national deal yesterday. This left far too little time to guarantee the supply.

“We don’t even have stock for it,” said manager Basani Chauke. Voters still turned up, but couldn’t cash in on the election day special.

One customer voiced her hopes of being able to come back tomorrow to get the deal. Chauke said that was a possibility, but it had yet to be formally decided.

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