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Let’s face it: we’re nearing Valentine’s Day after being stuck at home for nearly a year, and the temptation to text an ex is greater than ever. Normally that wouldn’t worry you at all, but it’s all weird and if you’ve been watching a lot of TV and movies lately, you’ve probably seen tons of Valentine’s Day storylines by this point and they may have reached you.
But You probably don’t want to write to your ex. And as an added incentive, a company offers free (can) wine (spritzes) to those who text them instead of their ex. Here’s how to take advantage of this.
How to get free wine when you’re not texting your ex
The premise is simple. Instead of texting your ex, type “U UP?” to 73255. You will then receive instructions on how to request your free wine. Courtesy MOVO Wine Spritzers (which is part of the Molson Coors Beverage Company).
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It’s kind of a process.
First of all, you have to buy a four-pack with all flavors of the canned wine spritzer at your local beverage store by February 28, 2021. (And yes, this means you must be 21 years old to participate.)
Then take a photo of your receipt, which must include the retailer’s name and product name or code. (So if your local liquor store is using those tiny scraps of paper with fading blue ink that is just a series of numbers and nothing else, you may want to make your purchase elsewhere – for that reason at least. Otherwise, support your local liquor store dealer regardless of the quality of their earnings.)
Send your receipt to MOVO on or before March 7, 2021, according to the original instructions you received via text. Once your receipt is received, you will receive a discount payment of up to $ 13 through Paypal or Venmo. If you do not have a PayPal or Venmo account, you will receive a notification with instructions on how to create an account and you will have to accept payment within 30 days. Otherwise the discount is forfeited. More information and The fine print here.
Additional fine print
Yes, of course this is just a clever way for Molson Coors to get your cell phone number and personal information and get you to try the canned spritzer. Plus, they don’t need proof that you didn’t text your ex. So technically, you can get your free canned wine spritzer and have an awkward text exchange with your ex.
Personally, I won’t take up this offer, but I have no doubt what would happen if I did: After settling in for an evening of sitcom reruns, I’d whip up a can (or more) of splashes. The second I started feeling it (which, to be honest, would happen quickly after a year without alcohol, to be honest) I would remember how I got that can of splash in the first place, and laugh out loud, alone in my flat.
I would inevitably think, “Do you know who would find this whole situation really weird?” – obviously related to an ex. Deciding it was too good not to share, I wrote to the person I was for was rewarded for not texting at all and telling them all about the specific reason I contacted (the promotion and absolutely no other reason). .
Perhaps this is MOVO’s true marketing strategy – in which case I’d raise a can of spritzer for this bizarrely specific but ingenious move. Anyway, please drink and write responsibly.