Man gets dozens of texts from people looking for free Chipotle

A Bethesda man's cell phone is finally cooling down today after hundreds of people texted him wanting their free burrito.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Chipotle closed all of its locations Monday for a few hours to educate employees on new food safety measures after the recent E. coli outbreak.  

In an effort to earn back some goodwill with people who stopped eating there because of the outbreak -- or were just inconvenienced by the closure -- the company offered a free burrito to anyone who texted "raincheck" to 888-222 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

But if you add an extra 2 to that number, you get the cell phone of D.C. area lawyer Henry Levine. So Levine got dozens of texts from people he didn't know demanding a free burrito. 

"A lot of people in our area code obviously thought it was a phone number and automatically added the last "2." I'm now up to 300 texts from people who were mostly very nice, some not so nice, really wanting their free burritos," Levine said. 

As first reported by 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.

At one point, Levine even went to a nearby Chipotle location to show the manager what was happening. The response was probably not what he was expecting.

RELATED: Chipotle closed until 3 p.m. Monday for food-safety staff meeting

"The manager shrieked and called everybody else over to look at my cell phone," Levine told Tech Insider. "The Chipotle staff were concerned about the 50 or 60 people who thought they were going to get burritos, but now aren't." 

According to Levine's daughter in law, Chipotle is aware of the mix-up and Henry Levine will get some gift cards for his troubles. 

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."

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