Is Groupon Encouraging Sex on the First Date?

Grouspawn.comMashable published an article the other day about Groupon‘s new publicity stunt called Grouspawn, which the social coupon site defines as “a baby parented by a couple that used a Groupon on their first date.” If you’re doing a little bit of a double-take reading that, don’t worry, you read it correctly. The site is offering college scholarships of undisclosed amounts to couples who can prove they used a Groupon on their very first date and then had a child together. This can be in the form of photos taken with a newspaper with a date on it, testimonials, credit card statements, etc. — the site admits their standards for proof are very low. To encourage Groupon users to take advantage of this offer, they have put together their own version of a dating site to get couples hooked up — in more ways than one.

So basically, if you’re looking to hit two birds with one stone (i.e.: taking advantage of a hot Groupon deal AND getting laid), Groupon has laid out the perfect groundwork for you.

Now, the Grouspawn site does lay out some tips on how to get proof of your first date with an unsuspecting potential Grouspawn partner in their FAQ’s, but I find it hard to believe anyone using the Grouspawn site prior to meeting can be described as “unsuspecting.” Although, regular Groupon users could collect evidence of their Groupon usage to stow away for the possibility a child comes from the aftermath of the euphoria of getting a ridiculously good deal on dinner or admission to some great museum or show. I mean, who doesn’t want a little action after a successful discounted transaction is made?

And who knows, maybe Grouspawn’s combination of discount shopping, dating and baby-making will make it popular with the ladies — kind of a catch-all for women who want it all and want it now.

Or it could just be the most bizarre publicity stunt I have ever seen. So far. Way to go, Groupon.

Love  and blue light specials,



~ by Mika Doyle on October 1, 2010.

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