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This Guy Got Dozens of Texts From People Demanding Free Chipotle

A sign is posted in the window of Chipotle Mexican Grill in Bowie, Maryland, advising customers they will be closed for a company wide meeting on February 8, 2016.
Jim Watson—AFP/Getty Images A sign is posted in the window of Chipotle Mexican Grill in Bowie, Maryland, advising customers they will be closed for a company wide meeting on February 8, 2016.

Chipotle's "rain check" was the bane of this guy's day

A Washington lawyer was surprised to receive dozens of texts from strangers demanding a free burrito from Chipotle on Monday.

The fast-casual Mexican chain, which has been buffeted by a series of E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, temporarily closed locations across the U.S. on Monday for a company-wide meeting about food safety. As a goodwill measure, the company offered a free burrito to customers who texted the word “raincheck” to 888-222. But adding an extra 2 to the number gets you to the cell phone of Henry Levine, who said he received more than a hundred texts from people demanding a free meal.

The beleaguered lawyer told Tech Insider that the messages started coming in at 9 a.m. He has since tried to respond to each person, telling them he is not Chipotle.

“In theory, every area code could have an 888-2222 [number] in it, so I’m only getting a limited number [of texts],” he said. “There could be another 200 Hank Levine’s out there getting these texts instead of Chipotle.”

According to his daughter-in-law Dorry Levine, Chipotle is sending him gift cards for his troubles.

 

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