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Wal-Mart celebrates birthdays with free cupcakes

Free cupcakes were given out Sunday at the Benner Pike Wal-Mart, and at Wal-Mart locations across the county, in celebration of all birthdays that will be, or already have been, celebrated this year.
Free cupcakes were given out Sunday at the Benner Pike Wal-Mart, and at Wal-Mart locations across the county, in celebration of all birthdays that will be, or already have been, celebrated this year. fready@centredaily.com

Everybody has a birthday — and a large subset of that demographic also seems to enjoy cupcakes.

Wal-Mart locations all over the country used the hours between noon and 4 p.m. Sunday to raise a sweet treat to all of the birthdays that will be celebrated over the course of the year.

The bakery at theBenner Pike Wal-Mart prepared 600 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. Passers-by — and there were quite a few — also had a choice between whipped or buttercream frosting.

“You don’t get anything for free nowadays. You’ve got to take advantage of it,” Beth Thomas, a bakery employee, said.

Typically, Thomas spends her workdays making bread or decorating doughnuts, but on Sunday, she was the intermediary between the customers and their early/belated/right-on-time birthday gifts. She said that the bakery was able to crank out all 600 cupcakes over the course of a week, a small fraction of the 3 million that were distributed by Wal-Mart locations across the nation on Sunday.

“I think it just promotes a healthy relationship with our customers,” Thomas said.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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