Beware of learning American history through Groupon promotions.
Contrary to what the online coupon company claims, Alexander Hamilton was never a U.S. president.
The discounter put out a news release announcing “Groupon Celebrates Presidents Day by Honoring Alexander Hamilton,” and offering $10 off of all local deals above $40.
“The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton, undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system,” the Business Wire release read.
Hamilton, whose portrait does grace the $10 bill, was the first treasury secretary and is credited with laying the foundation of the U.S. financial system.
But he was never president.
When people suggested Groupon’s promotion was tongue-in-cheek, it responded through its Twitter account: “Joke? We’d never joke about saving $10! #AllKindsOfSerious”
In case Groupon decides to give a $100 discount next year, Benjamin Franklin, the face on the C-note, was never a U.S. president either.