Groupon offers bedtime tuck-in

The daily-deals site is serving up one of its employees to help you sleep better at night.

By Kim Peterson Jun 6, 2012 1:49PM
For $100, a Groupon (GRPN) employee will come to your house and tuck you in at night.

That's an actual offer from the daily-deals company -- and two Chicago residents have bought in. The employee, Ben Kobold, promises to pour you a glass of water and make sure you're comfy before leaving.

"Ben's sinewy, well-groomed fingers delicately raise each sheet and blanket over your body until you're comfortably bundled," the offer reads. "Careful not to disturb any children who may be in the adjacent room, Ben leans in and uses his summer-breeze-like voice to gently sing you one of the five lullabies he has authored."

Groupon may have lost any hope of a decent share price, but it clearly hasn't lost its sense of humor.

A company spokeswoman played it straight when contacted by Reuters. Julie Mossler said the deal was legitimate. "There's a real demand for a service like this," she told Reuters. "There's nothing strange about it. It's very straightforward." Groupon is making the offer only to people sleeping within five miles of the 60601 ZIP code.

The offer shows a photo of Kobold wearing gloves to tuck someone in. Mossler said the company prefers that he wear gloves during the service. And the offer states that Kobold will be bringing companions along, presumably for his safety.

The deal, which ends Wednesday, is typical of the irreverent humor in Groupon's culture. The CEO drinks beer during the company's town hall meetings with employees. Groupon's daily offers often contain a zinger or two, like this one noticed by Success magazine:

"Shopping for gold clubs is a lot like buying a used car: always get the one that drives into the fewest trees." The joke was for an offer for golf club regripping services.

Groupon can be allowed a little levity this week. Its share price has been climbing after dropping below $9 on Monday. The stock was upgraded to "hold" by an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, who said that "growth areas could develop."

But Groupon is still a long way from the $20 it priced at last November in its disappointing IPO.

More from Top Stocks

Tags: GRPN
1Comment
Jun 6, 2012 4:30PM
avatar

It all comes down to one thing....some asshat like Dirk People down there just HAS to put an ad in the comments section of a completely unrelated topic.

 

And then a man from Groupon with sinewy fingers and sterile gloves comes over to tuck you in........

Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

DATA PROVIDERS

Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.

STOCK SCOUTER

StockScouter rates stocks from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, using a system of advanced mathematics to determine a stock's expected risk and return. Ratings are displayed on a bell curve, meaning there will be fewer ratings of 1 and 10 and far more of 4 through 7.

113
113 rated 1
279
279 rated 2
416
416 rated 3
647
647 rated 4
548
548 rated 5
513
513 rated 6
669
669 rated 7
516
516 rated 8
317
317 rated 9
113
113 rated 10
12345678910

Top Picks

SYMBOLNAMERATING
KOGKODIAK OIL & GAS Corp10
UPLULTRA PETROLEUM Corp10
TAT&T Inc9
COPCONOCOPHILLIPS9
DVNDEVON ENERGY CORPORATION9
More

VIDEO ON MSN MONEY

ABOUT

Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.

Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.

Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.