Being stuck in a never-ending text message thread is like being stuck in a long, office-wide email that has nothing to do with you. It’s a constant annoyance that makes you want to spike your phone through the wall. But one man got the worst treatment possible yesterday, after Chipotle’s free burrito scheme made him the victim of hundreds of texters trying to get their free food.
Getting a free burrito was pretty easy. I just got my notification this morning and plan on using it before I forget about this whole thing. Simply put, all you had to do was text “RAINCHECK” to 888-222 and they’d hook you up. But if you added another “2” to that number? You went from texting Chipotle to blowing up Harry Levine, a lawyer in Washington DC.
n an interview with Tech Insider, Levine said the texts starting coming in at around 9 a.m. this morning. Eventually, he learned about the promotion and has been responding to most of the texts to tell the person they have the wrong number.
Henry might not be the only person with this problem. As he tells Tech Insider, there could be an 888-2222 number in every area code getting the same erroneous texts he is.
“There could be another 200 Hank Levine’s out there getting these texts instead of Chipotle.”
He even tweeted out a screenshot of his miserable iMessage.
— Henry Levine (@BethesdaHank) February 8, 2016
Levine even went to a local Chipotle to show a manager this annoyance, but they couldn’t really do much about the situation. Chipotle declined to reach out to the people who had texted the wrong number when contacted by Levine. Concerned, Levine even said, “I feel bad for Chipotle. They’ve got all of southern Maryland thinking I’m giving out coupons for free burritos.”
Me? I probably would’ve told everyone to fuck off. .