Maryland Man Is Swamped With Texts Demanding Free Chipotle Burritos

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One Maryland man found out what it’s like to stand between a Chipotle customer and a free burrito.

After mandatory employee meetings temporarily closed more than 2,000 Chipotle restaurants for a few hours on Monday, Chipotle ran a promotion to make it up to their customers. The fast food Mexican chain offered a free burrito to customers who texted “RAINCHECK” to 888-222. In Maryland, customers who mistakenly added an extra “2” to that number had their messages redirected to Hank Levine.

Levine told ABC News that the first text came in at around 9 a.m. and never stopped. By the end of yesterday he’d received over 200 texts.

When Levine replied to the first text with a question mark, he said the customer responded, “I want my burrito,” clearly unaware of the mix-up.

Levine had to explain that the customer had the wrong number. The customer alerted Levine to the promotion.

“The first thing I did was do it, so now I have a coupon for a free burrito. The second thing I said was, ‘This is going to be a problem,’” said Levine.

Levine reached out to Chipotle through the company's website and heard back from a customer service representative who told him that she was looking into similar situations elsewhere. The representative offered Levine some coupons for free entrees.

PHOTO:Hank Levine from Maryland received over 200 texts from Chipotle customers who mistakenly texted his number to redeem a free burrito. Hank Levine
PHOTO:Hank Levine from Maryland received over 200 texts from Chipotle customers who mistakenly texted his number to redeem a free burrito.

Despite the deluge of texts, Levine has been a good sport about the whole mix-up. He said that as word of his situation spread on social media, he only encountered nasty responses late at night “when college kids went out to get a drink.”

Even though the promotion ended yesterday, Levine said he’s still getting texts, though only half of them seem to be from people looking for a free burrito.

“The rest are, ‘Oh, you poor guy!’” Levine said.

ABC News has reached out to Chipotle for comment.