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Jun132012

Groupon Offers to Name Babies for $1,000

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Groupon has a solution for expecting parents struggling to find an original name for their child: let the daily-deal website handle it for $1,000.

The name will not be randomly selected nor will it be generated from a personal questionnaire. It will be Clembough.

"No substitutes or modifications. Spelling non-negotiable. Any attempt to name your child 'Clembough' independent of this exclusive Groupon will be recognized by the world as a cheap imitation," the deal's fine print reads.

The baby-naming deal prompted media speculation about whether this deal was simply a publicity stunt in anticipation of Father's Day, which is June 17.

In response to a suspicious user on the deal's Q&A section, a Groupon copywriter wrote, in the company's standard tongue-in-cheek manner, "This is the most serious deal that Groupon has ever seriously run in its serious history."

On a more serious note, Julie Mosser, a Groupon spokeswoman, said the deal is absolutely real, and at least one person has accepted it.

The deal comes just a week after a different Groupon deal sparked similar bewilderment: for $100, Groupon employee Ben Kobold offered to tuck customers in and sing them "one of the five lullabies he has authored" in their homes. That deal was alternately hailed as a source of needed levity and criticized as downright creepy.

Launched in November 2008, Groupon offers one discount deal a day in each market it serves. As of 2011, Groupon was operating in 500 markets in 44 countries.

The Chicago-based company issued shares last November. The shares have fallen by 62 percent to $9.77.

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