In Plano, Texas, the Kwik Kar auto service is offering customers a break on an oil change if they quote a Bible verse. For the $19.99 discount price, the company's coupon says customers must quote John 3:16.
While some customers support the idea, others are not praising it.
Marshall Wei, who had been to the Kwik Kar before, declined to recite it, and ended up paying more than $46 for the service, more than twice what he expected.
“I think maybe I forgot exactly what it is, and I needed to go look it up online,” Wei said
With the verse in hand, Wei drove to the store and pulled into the garage, but as he waited he started having second thoughts: “Why should I be compelled to quote something I do not feel comfortable to quote?”
However, Kwik Kar owner Charlie Whittington said he has received phone calls from people in Oklahoma, Alabama and Florida, all supporting his discount idea.
“I really believe if you talk more positive stuff you get more positive things out of it. I want to inspire people to look where they can do more. If I’m standing for what I believe, so be it,” he said. “Bring it on!”
Whittington said he did it as a conversation starter in an effort to talk to people about what he believes: “It’s one thing about America. You can go and do what you want. I’m not making you do anything and I’m tired of people making me do something.”
The state attorney general had no comment on the issue and couldn’t point out any laws the coupon is breaking.
Dallas attorney Andy Siegel, who has handled discrimination and denial of service cases before, said with no connection to federal funds, or federal highways, the discount appears to be within the law, though he said the conversation could have been started a different way.
“The study of the Bible has many rewards. I’m not sure that God intended a lube discount to be among its many riches.”