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2014-01-01 01:41:47 PM
www.hoopskills.com
 
2014-01-01 02:12:31 PM
Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'


Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.
 
2014-01-01 02:15:56 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.


There are over 1000 of its outlets in the world. He has eaten at less than 1% of them. The chances of him completing his task are miniscule, so this is really just free publicity for them with no risk of having to honor their bargain.

And besides, once he's eaten at every one, who would ever want to eat that shiat ever again?
 
2014-01-01 02:25:30 PM

Uzzah: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.

There are over 1000 of its outlets in the world. He has eaten at less than 1% of them. The chances of him completing his task are miniscule, so this is really just free publicity for them with no risk of having to honor their bargain.

And besides, once he's eaten at every one, who would ever want to eat that shiat ever again?


True enough.  I don't think I could eat at Boston Market (or KFC, whatever the equivalent is) 1,000 times, under any circumstances.
 
2014-01-01 03:32:06 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Uzzah: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.

There are over 1000 of its outlets in the world. He has eaten at less than 1% of them. The chances of him completing his task are miniscule, so this is really just free publicity for them with no risk of having to honor their bargain.

And besides, once he's eaten at every one, who would ever want to eat that shiat ever again?

True enough.  I don't think I could eat at Boston Market (or KFC, whatever the equivalent is) 1,000 times, under any circumstances.


From looking at the menu it looks like the closest US equivalent would be Pollo Tropical (though apparently Nando's does have US locations now, all apparently around the DC area).

I could probably eat at Pollo Tropical 1,000 times and not get tired of it, but it would have to be spread out over the course of decades.
 
2014-01-01 03:59:55 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Benevolent Misanthrope: Uzzah: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.

There are over 1000 of its outlets in the world. He has eaten at less than 1% of them. The chances of him completing his task are miniscule, so this is really just free publicity for them with no risk of having to honor their bargain.

And besides, once he's eaten at every one, who would ever want to eat that shiat ever again?

True enough.  I don't think I could eat at Boston Market (or KFC, whatever the equivalent is) 1,000 times, under any circumstances.

From looking at the menu it looks like the closest US equivalent would be Pollo Tropical (though apparently Nando's does have US locations now, all apparently around the DC area).

I could probably eat at Pollo Tropical 1,000 times and not get tired of it, but it would have to be spread out over the course of decades.


I can't have the chilis.  :(  When I lived in the DC Area, Chicken Out was my fave.  Day-um they made a great roast chicken.  For wings, Cluck-U in College Park (it was close, what can I say).
 
2014-01-01 04:04:09 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: TuteTibiImperes: Benevolent Misanthrope: Uzzah: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.

There are over 1000 of its outlets in the world. He has eaten at less than 1% of them. The chances of him completing his task are miniscule, so this is really just free publicity for them with no risk of having to honor their bargain.

And besides, once he's eaten at every one, who would ever want to eat that shiat ever again?

True enough.  I don't think I could eat at Boston Market (or KFC, whatever the equivalent is) 1,000 times, under any circumstances.

From looking at the menu it looks like the closest US equivalent would be Pollo Tropical (though apparently Nando's does have US locations now, all apparently around the DC area).

I could probably eat at Pollo Tropical 1,000 times and not get tired of it, but it would have to be spread out over the course of decades.

I can't have the chilis.  :(  When I lived in the DC Area, Chicken Out was my fave.  Day-um they made a great roast chicken.  For wings, Cluck-U in College Park (it was close, what can I say).


I absolutely love Cluck-U.  There was one in Newark, DE when I was in college (now, sadly closed).  They delivered to the dorms, and the chance of your order being completely correct as pretty slim, but whatever they ended up bringing was still tasty.  Global Thermonuclear Sauce FTW.
 
2014-01-01 05:08:44 PM
I've heard there might be a person in Seattle that's right up his alley.
 
2014-01-01 05:08:51 PM
media4.s-nbcnews.com
 
2014-01-01 05:08:57 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.


THIS

Now where's my farking Harrier?
 
2014-01-01 05:12:27 PM
And how much is this going to cost him to get that damn card?  He could probably eat there for life for less than the travelling, plane fares, etc.
 
2014-01-01 05:12:57 PM
Nando's is incredible. Several of them are located in my area, have made it a often-practiced late-weekday ritual to get a "hot" half-chicken and an order of garlic bread. Going to try the "extra hot" variant at some point and see if it's really as fiery as the restaurant claims it is.

But eating at over 1,000 Nando's restaurants worldwide? Good luck, dude. Hope you have deep pockets.

/DC-area resident
//who am I kidding, I'm a wuss, the "extra hot" seasoning on the chicken would probably make my throat burn and nose run so bad I'd stop eating. And then throw the rest of the food away.
 
2014-01-01 05:14:08 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: 'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'


moot?
 
2014-01-01 05:15:26 PM
Benevolent Misanthrope: You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser"

You're right, because we'd look at those pansy Queen notes and beat the snot out of him. USA USA USA
 
2014-01-01 05:15:44 PM
What is he eating?  Does he have a bowl of mashed potatoes AND french fries?  If their not mashed potatoes, what is it, cottage cheese or something?  I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE WHITE STUFF IS, YOU DAMN LIMEY'S!
 
2014-01-01 05:15:56 PM
If he can pull it off, forget the free meal card, they'll probably make him into their own Jared-of-Subway equivalent.
 
2014-01-01 05:18:01 PM

RatMaster999: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.

THIS

Now where's my farking Harrier?


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You are 6,999,999 points shy.
 
2014-01-01 05:20:35 PM
If he has enough money to travel around the world eating chicken, why doesn't he just...

You know what, never mind kid. Enjoy your frikkin chicken.
 
2014-01-01 05:25:19 PM

Uzzah: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.

There are over 1000 of its outlets in the world. He has eaten at less than 1% of them. The chances of him completing his task are miniscule, so this is really just free publicity for them with no risk of having to honor their bargain.

And besides, once he's eaten at every one, who would ever want to eat that shiat ever again?


You fail at math.

The article said he has eaten at 85 of the roughly 1000 locations.

That is 8.5%. Roughly.
 
2014-01-01 05:25:51 PM
How does he have time to do this shiat in addition to running 4chan?
 
2014-01-01 05:27:17 PM
Nando's chicken is farking delicious.  That is all.
 
2014-01-01 05:27:39 PM

Uzzah: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.

There are over 1000 of its outlets in the world. He has eaten at less than 1% of them. The chances of him completing his task are miniscule, so this is really just free publicity for them with no risk of having to honor their bargain.

And besides, once he's eaten at every one, who would ever want to eat that shiat ever again?


Uh...he's eaten at around 8.5% of them.  Learn to math!
 
2014-01-01 05:27:39 PM

some_beer_drinker: [www.hoopskills.com image 500x494]


It's always funny when losers try to point out other losers by making a backwards "L" with their fingers to do so.
 
2014-01-01 05:28:11 PM

bikerbob59: And how much is this going to cost him to get that damn card?  He could probably eat there for life for less than the travelling, plane fares, etc.


Given how much he's already eaten, he'll probably just gorge on chicken and eat there 90% of the time if he actually wins the card, which might save him money in the long run. Then again he might not live long enough to recoup the money lost with those eating habits...
 
2014-01-01 05:28:31 PM
Though people that do this kind of thing tend to be losers IMO im not entirely sure he qualifies. Its his fav cuisine and he apparently has the resources to meet the 'challenge' and the company will honor it if he completes it even though it expired 2 years ago  and if he does? his favorite food for free for the rest of his life. The journey to this goal isnt going to test his mettle in any real way and he may very well walk away from it all with a few new friends some of which are equipped with the vay.
More power to him , just dont eat like an American.
 
2014-01-01 05:29:25 PM

bangmaid: You fail at math.

The article said he has eaten at 85 of the roughly 1000 locations.

That is 8.5%. Roughly.


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2014-01-01 05:31:10 PM

smask: Benevolent Misanthrope: 'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

moot?


I sincerely hope so
 
2014-01-01 05:34:36 PM

SuddenlySamhain: Though people that do this kind of thing tend to be losers IMO im not entirely sure he qualifies. Its his fav cuisine and he apparently has the resources to meet the 'challenge' and the company will honor it if he completes it even though it expired 2 years ago  and if he does? his favorite food for free for the rest of his life. The journey to this goal isnt going to test his mettle in any real way and he may very well walk away from it all with a few new friends some of which are equipped with the vay.
More power to him , just dont eat like an American.


Yeah if he's independently wealthy and can just travel around visiting each location then sure that's cool. He could make a vacation out of it, though if it were me I might not eat it every meal. Just hope he doesn't end up overweight or with other health problems.
 
2014-01-01 05:37:54 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.


Johnson: So, Mr Corrigan, we've examined your loan application and I just have one question for you. Are you a pathetic, worthless punk?

Mark Corrigan: Er, well, no.

Johnson: Oh, right. Because I'm going to turn you down as if you were a hippy parasite. Then I'm going to make you feel like you're a turkey farker. Why? Because I'm the big man and you're a shaitheel, right? Or, I could treat Mr Corrigan like a valued and respected customer, and we'd both end up winners. Isn't that right, Mr Corrigan?
 
2014-01-01 05:39:14 PM
It's not much different to me than any other collection or completion oriented type hobby. Except that it turns out the company is going to give this guy a prize if he does manage to achieve the completion goal.   This guy is having fun eating food he likes and using the free chicken for life prize as a McGuffin for the traveling around eating it, making connections along the way with other people who like the restaurant, etc.  It's not like he invested a gigantic amount and mortgaged his house in a genuine attempt to get free chicken because he somehow thought the free chicken thing was going to be worth it.  He spent a little money, well within what is a reasonable expense to spend on a hobby, especially considering that his particular entertainment pursuit also doubles as food.  And he's having a good time.  I don't see anything any more loseresque about that than most of the stuff most folks do to pass the time.  He's gotten out, seen a little of his country, is going to even travel abroad, instead of getting take-out through the same drive-through all the time and taking it home to veg out in front of the tv.  He clearly gets that what he's doing is for kicks or else he'd be a whole lot closer to his goal already.  If he was a loser or an idiot, he'd have already managed to bankrupt himself, quit his job, ruin his marriage, etc. in pursuit of free chicken.
 
2014-01-01 05:43:06 PM

redstarr01: It's not much different to me than any other collection or completion oriented type hobby. Except that it turns out the company is going to give this guy a prize if he does manage to achieve the completion goal.   This guy is having fun eating food he likes and using the free chicken for life prize as a McGuffin for the traveling around eating it, making connections along the way with other people who like the restaurant, etc.  It's not like he invested a gigantic amount and mortgaged his house in a genuine attempt to get free chicken because he somehow thought the free chicken thing was going to be worth it.  He spent a little money, well within what is a reasonable expense to spend on a hobby, especially considering that his particular entertainment pursuit also doubles as food.  And he's having a good time.  I don't see anything any more loseresque about that than most of the stuff most folks do to pass the time.  He's gotten out, seen a little of his country, is going to even travel abroad, instead of getting take-out through the same drive-through all the time and taking it home to veg out in front of the tv.  He clearly gets that what he's doing is for kicks or else he'd be a whole lot closer to his goal already.  If he was a loser or an idiot, he'd have already managed to bankrupt himself, quit his job, ruin his marriage, etc. in pursuit of free chicken.


This. I just picture these farkers shiatting on this. In their moms basement, electric ho scale train set running, wearing a conductor uniform. Calling this guy a loser.
 
2014-01-01 05:44:56 PM
 
2014-01-01 05:45:26 PM

Misconduc: You are 6,999,999 points shy.


There was a guy who managed to get the 7 million points. He and Pepsi wound up in court over whether they had to actually cough up the Harrier. (They didn't.)
 
2014-01-01 05:48:34 PM
Reminds me of this guy who moved to Florida, and on his first week in his new home he visited his local bar. He's sitting at the bar enjoying a beer when he notices a sign behind the bar:

WIN FREE DRINKS FOR LIFE! ASK BARTENDER HOW!

After finishing his beer he calls the bartender over and asks about the sign.

"First off," the bartender said, "hearing the rules will cost you $50."

"No thanks," the man answered, "I'll pass."

The man orders a couple more beers, and pretty soon he has a nice, comfortable beer buzz going on. What the hell, he decides, and calls the bartender over, slapping $50 down on the bar.

"Well, that's more like it," the bartender grins, grabbing a big beer stein and placing it in front of the man. The bartender then fills the stein with whiskey.

"You have to do three things to win free drinks for life," the bartender said, "And after you do the first one, which is to drink all of this, I'll tell you about the next two."

No stranger to stiff drink, the man greets this first challenge with gusto, powering down the huge stein of whiskey in a matter of minutes. When finished, he slams the stein down and shouts out "Done!"

"Very good," the bartender beams approvingly. "Now for your next two tasks. For your second task we've got this alligator out back, the biggest, meanest, nastiest alligator in the whole state of Florida. His name's Big Al, and Big Al's got himself a sore tooth. You gotta wrastle big Al, pin him down, and pull out his sore tooth.

"And for the third thing, we've got this whore out back in a trailer. Fat Betty, the meanest, ugliest, fattest whore in the whole state of Florida. You gotta wrastle Fat Betty, pin her down, and f*ck the shiat out of her. You got all that, buddy?"

By this time the man is weaving a little on his feet, but he snaps a smart salute to the bartender. "Riighhhteehyooo," he slurs, and bobs and weaves his way out the back door.

A few minutes later the bar patrons are startled a a huge roar, followed by a loud bang, then bloodcurdling screaming, more loud thrashing sounds, and finally silence.

After several more minutes, the man, covered in mud and blood and grime and gore, comes staggering back into the bar and unsteadily makes his way over to the bartender.

"Barrrstendderer," he slurs, "Gimme anozzer beer and then I'll go pull the tooth outa that fat whore in back."
 
2014-01-01 05:53:13 PM
Good luck to the kid and good on the company.  but remember Research is your friend.
 
2014-01-01 05:58:21 PM
Was it a kidney or gall stone he gained?
 
2014-01-01 06:05:45 PM

Gosling: Misconduc: You are 6,999,999 points shy.

There was a guy who managed to get the 7 million points. He and Pepsi wound up in court over whether they had to actually cough up the Harrier. (They didn't.)


Damn, my Google-fu must be weak. Can't find anything on this. So what happened? They just stiffed him outright or did they give him an old MIG-21 compensation prize?
 
2014-01-01 06:07:37 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Uzzah: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'

Dear US Businesses:

This is how you do it.  You don't say, "Sucks to be you, thanks for the £1,000, Loser", you don't publicly humiliate them, you don't quote The Rules and make a non-apology apology.  You say, "...we will happily honour our promise".  The good publicity is worth the cost of the food.

There are over 1000 of its outlets in the world. He has eaten at less than 1% of them. The chances of him completing his task are miniscule, so this is really just free publicity for them with no risk of having to honor their bargain.

And besides, once he's eaten at every one, who would ever want to eat that shiat ever again?

True enough.  I don't think I could eat at Boston Market (or KFC, whatever the equivalent is) 1,000 times, under any circumstances.


I could. Boston market has good variety of sides and maincourses.

It would take me a few years though. And fwiw its been a few years since I went there... Iam just saying it wouldn't be eating the same fried chicken every day.
 
2014-01-01 06:10:10 PM

doosh: Gosling: Misconduc: You are 6,999,999 points shy.

There was a guy who managed to get the 7 million points. He and Pepsi wound up in court over whether they had to actually cough up the Harrier. (They didn't.)

Damn, my Google-fu must be weak. Can't find anything on this. So what happened? They just stiffed him outright or did they give him an old MIG-21 compensation prize?


He actually didn't have the points, he sent them money. He completely lost the lawsuit because the judge felt it was obviously a joke.
 
2014-01-01 06:11:46 PM
£1,000 (US $1,656)
85 efforts

£11.76 (US $19.48) per visit.

Each visit includes a meal.

Not a complete loser, if you ask me. Not like he spent £1,000 simply filling in entry forms.
 
2014-01-01 06:13:49 PM

doosh: Damn, my Google-fu must be weak. Can't find anything on this. So what happened? They just stiffed him outright or did they give him an old MIG-21 compensation prize?


The case is Leonard v. Pepsico. Pepsi argued, and the judge agreed, that the Harrier offer was made in jest and was not to be taken seriously.
 
2014-01-01 06:19:24 PM

Gosling: Misconduc: You are 6,999,999 points shy.

There was a guy who managed to get the 7 million points. He and Pepsi wound up in court over whether they had to actually cough up the Harrier. (They didn't.)


Actually he didn't even get the 7 million points, he tried to fork over $700,000 and get pepsi to pony up the $23,000,000 fighter plane.
 
2014-01-01 06:22:53 PM
Pledging to reward Mr Poole for his efforts, a Nando's spokesman said: 'There are now so many Nando's worldwide, that we don't run the challenge any more.

'However, if Christopher Poole completes his attempt, we will happily honour our original promise and give him free Nando's for life.'


Fail tag must be for subby for failing to read the article seeing that if he completes the challenge he'll still get free Nando's for life.
 
2014-01-01 06:32:19 PM
When he gets done finishing up the UK and Australia, he can gird his loins for the task ahead in 15 other countries.

/does he have to eat at any Nando's opened up while he's on his Vision Quest?
 
2014-01-01 06:35:05 PM

Gosling: doosh: Damn, my Google-fu must be weak. Can't find anything on this. So what happened? They just stiffed him outright or did they give him an old MIG-21 compensation prize?

The case is Leonard v. Pepsico. Pepsi argued, and the judge agreed, that the Harrier offer was made in jest and was not to be taken seriously.


From the link:

Leonard had 15 existing points, paid $0.10 a point for the remaining 6,999,985 points, and a $10 shipping and handling fee.

What a rip-off. Woot.com would have shipped it for five dollars.
 
2014-01-01 06:44:06 PM
"A free meal for life?" Wow!

Wait... what does that even mean?
 
2014-01-01 06:48:08 PM
Let's crunch the numbers, most of which I'll be pulling out of my ass.

Here's a map of all the Nando'seses out there:

upload.wikimedia.org
I don't see him being able to do that without at least 25 flights, some of them within the same country. Let's call that $20,000, and sweep his visa costs, baggage fees, and frequent-flier discounts under that same rug.

If he ups his game and starts eating (or--let's be honest--buying and discarding) more than two or three meals a day, he could do whole countries in a single day. All 14 Nando's in the USA are in the DC metro area, for example. Easily done in a day. Canada's 34 Nando's are split between Vancouver and suburban Toronto, so that'd be another three days. The quickest 17 countries could be done in 35 consecutive days, allowing for travel and bit of flexibility to choose cheaper flights.

That leaves the countries with many Nando's. Let's start with Australia. He says this: "I am hoping to do as many as I can in just 40 days - I plan on eating Nando's for every meal." Man up, Nancy: if you can't hit all 300 restaurants in 30 days, you're not even remotely serious. It'll probably take at least that long; there are some in all parts of the very large country, so it's not all intraurban travel.

However, he's also taking advantage of people willing to provide lodging in Australia, because who wouldn't want an obsessed fast-food fanatic on their couch for the night? Actually, it'd probably be worth it for the amusement. Let's assume that sort of thing knocks his overall housing costs down to, say, $40/night on average. Let's assume that per-day non-flight travel costs average out to $50. Throw in $10/day for incidentals (cholesterol medicine, laxatives, etc.) and that's a nice round $100/day.

But how many days? So far we're up to 65. India will take 3. New Zealand's inconveniently located bunch will take 5. Ireland, figure 3. Malaysia has 50 restaurants for some reason; that'll be at least a week. Singapore is a day of eating and a day of travel. Goddamn South Africa is another month  minimum, although to be fair, I gather it's theoretical South African food we're talking about here. All told, the world outside the UK is 120 days if all goes well. That's $32,000 at a bare-ass minimum; it could easily be three times that in practice, but let's stay optimistic.

That only leaves the UK. London is 4 days. The north of England's 60 scattered restaurants, another ten days. The Midlands, another 3. Everything else between Oxford and the Channel, at least ten. Scotland and Wales between them, five days. That's 32 days, but he's already done some of them, so call it 25. Car travel here won't be cheap (and they're not all in railroad stations) so for those 25 days, we have to assume no less than $4,000, even though he'll be able to sleep at home for some of them.

Add in ~$5 per restaurant (he doesn't have to eat  much) for another $5,000, and our running total is $41,000. But wait, he's not done. In the minimum 150 days he's spent diminishing his enthusiasm for fast food chicken, about 10 new restaurants will have opened, including (most likely) in at least two different places outside the UK. So that's another two weeks, another three plane tickets, another $4,000 minimum. $45,000 and counting, if everything breaks his way.

Now: will it have been worth it? He's 26. Figure 55 years more life expectancy. Figure 500 Nando's meals per year for the rest of his life. (Adjust life expectancy to only 30 more years as a result.) His per-meal tab might be $15; that means that he'd have paid for his meal costs in just six years. BUT that's only assuming he'd be buying all his food there anyway. The real question is, how much money is he saving versus his normal food costs? Annual per-person grocery bills in the UK are about $3,000. There's some inefficiency because there are foods and staples he'd need that he couldn't replace with Nando's food; figure no more than 40% of that bill can be offset. So, he can peel $1,200 off that $45,000 investment per year. At that rate, he'd make back his investment in 37.5 years--longer than I suspect he'd live on that much Nando's.

Except that's ignoring the opportunity cost. If he had $45,000 right now to spend visiting the world's casual dining chicken joints, he'd also have the seed money for a future nest egg worth about $150,000 after 37.5 years--and that's making  verymodest assumptions (3%) about his investments' performance above inflation. No way he makes that up. But it's worse than that--we have to factor in the likelihood that Nando's exists as an entity that is in anyway legally or morally beholden to this guy. The restaurant industry is boom-and-bust; chains get bought and sold and chopped up and amalgamated into totally new entities all the time. Nando's probably has about a 50% chance of surviving in its present form another 20 years. That means that even if we ignore the opportunity cost, he's only got about one chance in four that the deal will still be honored all the way through the ~40 years he'd need to recoup his costs.

In conclusion: while casual dining restaurants are often convenient and attractive options for occasional meals, I may have accidentally taken my Adderall pill twice this morning.
 
2014-01-01 06:53:46 PM
"I heard about this competition to eat at every Nando's branch and thought it sounded right up my street."

ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-01-01 06:59:00 PM
I got an expired chicken coupon
 
2014-01-01 07:00:21 PM

BalugaJoe: I got an expired chicken coupon


Did you buy an expired chicken?
 
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