Man’s Phone Accidentally Clogged with Dozens of Text Requests for Free Chipotle

02/09/2016 at 12:35 PM ET

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Henry Levine will not give you a free burrito.

Chipotle will, though, as part of a promotion they ran Monday while the chain was closed nationwide to brief employees on new food safety measures. (They’ve been having some problems with that lately, as you might have heard.)

As a goodwill gesture, Chipotle told customers that if they texted the word “raincheck” to 888-222, they’d get a free burrito.

Related: American Hero Figures Out How to Get 86 Percent More Chipotle Burrito — for Free

But people are easily confused, and so some of them added an extra “2” to the number, which meant Washington, D.C., resident Henry Levine’s phone was swamped with one-word requests for free burritos. (Well, at least one person broke “raincheck” into two words, and another used all caps for some reason — extra emphasis, presumably.)

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

Levine’s daughter-in-law Dorry attempted to rectify the situation with Chipotle, but a rep for the chain decided — probably correctly, even if it didn’t do much to endear them to the Levines — that reaching out to every single person who texted the wrong number wasn’t necessarily the best course of action.

Besides, they have some food safety meetings to conduct.

— Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Your phone will unclog soon with a bout of e coli. Dude must have Sprint or Consumer Cellular.

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