Olive Garden sells out 21,000 pasta passes in less than a second

Enough people to fill a stadium will likely be eating lots of carbohydrates for seven weeks running, starting Oct. 3.

Olive Garden says it sold all 21,000 of its all-you-can-eat “Never Ending Pasta Passes” in less than a second. The pass gives holders access to unlimited pasta, soup, salad and soft drinks. The Italian-restaurant chain increased the number of $100 passes available -- last year, 2,000 passes were purchased in less than a minute.

Those unable to get one of the coveted passes during Thursday’s sale can make a bid for one on eBay, where 21 are being sold and one bid already tops $800. Proceeds of the auction being donated to the non-profit group Feeding America.

Two years ago, demand for the passes offered by the Darden Restaurant chain crashed the Olive Garden website before the offer had even started.  

The passes are currently being sold for $4500 on Ebay. 

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