Food & Drink

You can now get a free gin & tonic when your train is delayed

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Tom Victor
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You might be able to get a free G&T next time your train is delayed

As any regular users of Southern Rail will attest, train delays are the absolute worst, and yet another apology really doesn’t help when you’re stuck outside Three Bridges two hours late getting home.

Even a refund doesn’t always make up for having your plans ruined by a late train or a cancellation.

Sometimes you just feel the need to sit down with a drink to take your mind off the stress, and one of the country’s biggest gin brands is about to make that a whole lot easier.

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Gordon’s is launching its ‘Yay Delay’ service at London’s Waterloo Station on Friday (February 2) during the evening rush hour (5-6pm).

They’ve chosen Waterloo because it’s among the stations to experience the highest number of delays – and it’s fair to say some Londoners don’t keep quiet when it comes to voicing their concerns about late-running trains on social media.

To be in with a chance of a half-price or free gin & tonic, you’ll need to have voiced your concerns on Twitter - don’t hold back - with the hashtag #YayDelay.

Gordon’s will use an algorithm, looking at the length of delays and volume of Twitter activity, to determine whether commuters are entitled to a half-price drink or a complete freebie.

If you’re entitled to a free drink, you’ll be sent a voucher which you can redeem at The Beer House, the pub located inside Waterloo station.

According to the YayDelay website, the offer will be redeemable until February 28. And, of course, it won’t stop you from also getting any refund you might be entitled to on the ticket for that delayed train.

Meanwhile, as Metro reports, Gordon’s is looking into the potential of rolling the promotion out at more stations and in more cities. We hope Gordon’s know what they’re doing - this could bankrupt them.

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