Demand for Luckin app surges as Chinese rush to drink up after admission of fraud

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BEIJING / HONG KONG (Reuters) – Luckin Coffee’s app has rocketed to become the second most popular in China as consumers rushed to claim a free drink that it has long offered for downloading, worried the chain might collapse after it said much of its sales last year were fabricated.

FILE PHOTO: A cup of ‘Luckin Coffee,’ coffee is displayed during the company’s IPO at the Nasdaq Market site in New York, U.S., May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

“I heard that if you download the app, you will get free coffee,” said Beijing-based Gan Lin, 35, who downloaded the

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