Is Your Name Don Draper? Howard Johnson's Has a Free Hotel Room For You
In Sunday's episode of "Mad Men," we saw Don Draper and his wife Megan have a pretty rotten time at a Howard Johnson's in upstate New York. It wasn't so much the fault of the HoJo itself (though Megan didn't like the orange sherbet so much); it was more about the fact that Don was being a controlling jerk and he left Megan in the parking lot, leading to him looking for her for the next seven hours.
Howard Johnson's felt just terrible about the bad fictional experience that the fictional Don Draper had at their establishment, so they decided to run a little promotion to make up for it: "To the Don Drapers of the world," said the company in a statement, "the Howard Johnson hotel brand would like to say this: We're sorry and your next stay is on us."
That doesn't just count for the Don Draper who works at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, either: anyone who is legally named Don Draper can claim a free night at a participating Howard Johnson's. No word yet if there's any free orange sherbet included, but that would be a nice touch. Just watch out for the pool.
The irony in all this, of course, is that even Don Draper of "Mad Men" isn't really a Donald Draper at all. Perhaps they should extend the invitation to all Dick Whitmans as well?