Left with the corpse flower

Stinky promotion: 7-Eleven's Free Slurpee Day isn't all it could be

Stinky promotion: 7-Eleven's Free Slurpee Day isn't all it could be

It's an unfortunate truth, but 7-Elevens are known for being robbed. Only today, 7-Eleven is robbing Houston.

Today is Free Slurpee Day (the date is 7-11) at 7,500 participating stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. As Joe Biden might say, "It's a big fucking deal."

Except in Houston. For much like Dunkin Donuts' free iced coffee day, the Bayou City isn't in the free frame. OK, it's not as bad as the Dunkin Donuts one, which involved only 14 cities in six states out of its thousands and thousands of locations. Instead, Houston is shut out because there are no 7-Elevens stores here, one of those quirky anomalies that make this town sometimes endearing, sometimes annoying.

So while people lined up across the nation (7-Elevens might be always open, but this promotion didn't begin until 7 a.m., which produced the unusual sight of crowds waiting outside unlocked doors) to get their gratis Slurpee, life in Houston went on as normal.

You could have drove to the Austin area to get in on the fun, but for something that could be bought at regular price for around a buck that seems like a bit much.

Instead of free iced sugar drinks, Houston gets a stinky corpse flower. Is that a win for a place getting more and more known as Syrup City?

It's not just a Slurpee fun day in Houston.
7-Eleven can be found almost everywhere in the world — but not Houston.
Corpse flower
There is a rare corpse flower (like this one pictured from years ago) that's going to bloom soon in Houston though.