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Viral Free Pizza 'Coupon' Wipes Out 5 Donatos Stores

COLUMBUS (Jen French/Dawn Faugl) -- Donatos is no longer honoring free pizza coupons, after a marketing mishap.

Known for its edge to edge pizza, Donatos suddenly  became known as the place that had customers in every corner Tuesday. Company officials are not telling ABC 6/FOX 28 if they suspect somebody hacked into the company's email and released the coupon, or if it was an inside job. Company Representatives say it became viral when people started printing fake copies of the coupon from social media.

Darren Milner's wife ordered a free 14 inch one topping pizza - what was promised in the fraudulent coupon. She wasn't the only one; the fake coupons made their way to 153 locations.

Company representatives told ABC 6/FOX 28 that the coupon was legitimate at one time and meant for a single Cleveland location. Though there were no plans of honoring it anywhere else, all Donatos locations honored the fake coupons until they were overwhelmed with orders, or ran out of food.

It's unknown how much the chain lost in profits. Company spokespeople believe more than 1000 pizzas were given away