TAMPA, FLA. —With pressure mounting for restaurant chains to give their marketing programs a creative boost to grab consumers’ attention, the online promotions they consider harmless may have the potential to generate unexpected controversy. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. learned that lesson in late February when the Tampa-based company launched a promotion featuring the character “Rapcat,” who stars in a commercial for the 800 twin-lane drive-thrus in the ...

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