By his own account, Highlands resident Dylan Rome’s Christmas was “all good”, but he is not sure what to do with a $25 Drake’s gift card he received as a gift from his uncle.
When Rome at first saw a small envelope with his name on it under the Christmas tree at his parent’s house, he was excited. “I mean, I was pretty sure it was a gift card. But, I really thought it would be to somewhere like WHY Louisville, Monkey Wrench, El Camino, or at the very least Heine Brothers”.
Instead, Rome received a $25 gift card to Drake’s, the popular bar and restaurant with locations in St Matthews and The Summit. The gift was from an uncle that Rome “rarely” sees or talks with.
“He’s my mom’s brother, lives in Prospect or something like that. I haven’t seen him in a year or so, and he obviously knows nothing about me or what I’m all about”, said Rome. “I’m about buying and eating local, and I’m about cool places. I’m not about Drake’s. I mean, what am I gonna do, go there for ‘Happy Hour’ on a Friday and drink Bud Lights with some guys that live in Lake Forest? I don’t think so, man”.
Now Rome must decide what to do with the card. He said he considered giving it to another family member that might enjoy it, but then realized that news could get back to his uncle. In a desperate move, Rome called some of his favorite Highlands shops and restaurants, hoping they would honor the card.
“I saw some oil change place once that said they would honor competitor’s coupons, so I gave it a shot”, said Rome. “No luck, dude”.
Selling the gift card online was an option, until Rome’s internet service was shut off last week. “Goddamn Time Warner, man. Can’t give me another couple weeks to pay the bill? Whatever.”
At this point, the gift card sits unused in a drawer in Rome’s apartment, and he is not sure when, if ever, it will be used. “I don’t know, maybe I’ll go (to Drake’s) and sell it to some stiff who’s walking in. You know, sell him a $25 gift card for $20 cash or something like that. (Then) I could head straight to Monkey Wrench with that money and have a drink and an appetizer. That would definitely be cooler than going to Drake’s. Way cooler”.
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