Free birthday slurpee at 7-Eleven

After having dinner at Pajo’s, I needed to make a stop at 7-Eleven to buy a bus pass for the month of August.  It’s kind of depressing having to spend $110 on your birthday, but that’s what happens when it’s on the very last day of the month.

I went in and asked the clerk for a two zone monthly bus pass for August.  He then informed me that they had sold out for the day.  I was confused.  How do they sell out of August bus passes before August even arrives?  Then he said they had some in a locked box that only the manager could open and that the manager wasn’t there.  He told me they would be available if I came back the following morning.  Except the following morning, it would be August, hence I would require the use of the bus pass to get there.  Fail.

Before I left, I told him that I’d read online that you get a free slurpee on the day of your birthday.  He thought I was talking about the free slurpee day on July 11th and said that it had already happened.  So I clarified and he said “Oh, it’s your birthday?”  I’m not sure if he completely understood me, but he said I could go get a slurpee.  Which I did.  I asked if he wanted to see ID but he said it was fine.  So I got a free white out monutain dew slurpee.

I’m not sure if I was supposed to get it or not, or if he just let me take it because of the lack of bus passes along with the lack of understanding me.  But I have read online that free birthday slurpees really are a thing.  I guess it just helps if they disappoint you in some way by not having the thing you originally came in for.  I didn’t really even want it that much, so I just had a bit and gave the rest to my brother.  Because I’m a nice person.

As for the bus pass, I went to a different 7-Eleven a couple blocks away, where they still had them in stock.  I probably could have tried to get another free slurpee from this location as well, but I didn’t want to be greedy.  One free birthday slurpee is plenty enough.

Free birthday drink from Blenz

Most people know that you can get a free drink on your birthday from Starbucks if you register your card online.  But did you know that you can also get a free drink on your birthday from Blenz?  It’s not as good as the Starbucks deal, but it’s still something.  And there’s no card registration required.  All you need to show for this deal is your ID.

I went to the Blenz in the village at UBC on my lunch break on my birthday.  And I told the barista that I’d read about the deal and asked what exactly I could get.  They only let you choose between a coffee or an Americano, but I managed to get a mango rooibos tea instead.  They don’t do cold drinks for this deal, which is unfortunate if your birthday is in the middle of the summer.  But the tea was still refreshing.  I wonder if other locations allow you to get a cold drink instead or something fancier than just coffee.  I might look into this next year.

You might want to check in advance with your local Blenz as to whether they honour this deal or not, because apparently not every location will.  And it’s only valid on the day of your birthday.  But free is free.  So why not get yourself a drink?