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That Time Bend Got an In-N-Out... Not

April Fool's Jokes about free burgers are funny... kinda

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Editorial meetings at the Source involve at least a few story pitches that hit the cutting room floor... never to be seen again.

In other words, not every story that writers pitch actually makes the paper.

This week, cub reporter Isaac Biehl pitched the idea of covering the groundbreaking of the purported In-N-Out Burger on Highway 97 in Bend this week—a story he found out about in his work approving events submitted to our events calendar.



One can only dream: While Oregon now boasts THREE In-N-Out Burger restaurants as of this writing, one is not coming to Bend... yet. - PUNCTUATED, FLICKR
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  • One can only dream: While Oregon now boasts THREE In-N-Out Burger restaurants as of this writing, one is not coming to Bend... yet.
Great, we thought! We'll get our mitts on some Animal styles before all those other chumps #inBend, we exclaimed!

So we sent veteran reporter Chris Miller to call In-N-Out corporate to verify the info and get a few more details. Turns out, corporate told us in no uncertain terms that they had no plans for a restaurant in Bend. Further, the email submitted with the listing was a temporary email address—not really belonging to anyone.

That's right, peeps—we check up on these things. I mean, this one just seemed a liiiitle too good to be true.


A screenshot of the rogue calendar listing—now removed. Very much #fakenews. - SOURCE WEEKLY CALENDAR
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  • A screenshot of the rogue calendar listing—now removed. Very much #fakenews.
So while you might have seen a listing on our online calendar about the In-N-Out grand opening, you can chalk that one up to an April Fool's joke—clearly. Nice try, peeps!

In the meantime, keep submitting your real events to Central Oregon's most comprehensive events calendar. It's free! And easy! And we check to make sure things are not just a joke!! 

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Nicole Vulcan

Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. (Blame her for everything since then.) Favorite car: A Trek commuter bike. Favorite cat: An adopted dog who looks like a Jedi master. Favorite things, besides responding to your comments: Downton Abbey re-runs, Aretha Franklin albums, and pink wine.

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