A young man was bombarded with free drinks after his friend used a Wetherspoons app to ask strangers to ‘send him a bev’ to celebrate his birthday.
Nick Matthewman was celebrating his 20th birthday in the pub chain on Wednesday (20 Sept) when his friend Rory McArthur, 19, decided to ask people on Twitter to buy Nick a pint.
Posting a picture of his friend, Rory said: “This is Nick and it’s his birthday.
“We’re at the Bankers Draft spoons in Sheffield, table 67, be generous and send him a Bev on the app xxx”
Nick was sent milk and alcohol free beer. Picture: SWNS
Much to the group’s surprise, the post was retweeted 8,000 times in a matter of hours, with food and drink being brought every few minutes to their table by bemused waiters.
Rory, who studies History at the University of Sheffield, said: “Basically I thought since I’ve got a fair few twitter followers it was worth a shot trying to get some free drinks.
He was also received fruit shoots and a pint of John Smiths. Picture: SWNS
“I didn’t really expect to get any but then a Becks Blue arrived.
“Then the milk started arriving and it kind of just went from there.
“We ended up with eight glasses of milk, a pint of John smiths, a bottle of prosecco, two non alcoholic bottles of becks, two fruit shoots, a pot of crispy onions, a pot of barbecue sauce, a pot of blue cheese sauce, a jug of curry sauce, a plate of peas, a bowl of ice cream and a jäger bomb.
“I couldn’t believe what happened.”
The arrivals didn’t just include drink he was also sent food including a plate of peas and sauces. Picture: SWNS
Nick, who studies chemical engineering with chemistry, was expecting a quiet afternoon drink at the pub in Sheffield, South Yorks., with Rory and six of his other friends and had no idea what was going on when the first drink arrived.
Nick said: “I can’t believe what happened to be honest, apparently that table is still getting free drinks now.
“The staff were all laughing about the situation and we just kept receiving drinks and food every few minutes for hours, it was mad.
“We were getting drinks and food about every five or ten minutes.
“You can order from anywhere on the app which is an interesting feature but I’m not complaining.
“We got bizarre free drinks and food out of it.”
Nick later tweeted: “I’d just like to thank the people who ordered me stuff in spoons today, what a bizarre (but good) birthday it has been!”
In total, Nick was gifted with £32.49 worth of free food and drink during his birthday celebrations at Wetherspoons.
Barman Steven Barnes, 19, said this it was the first time he had seen anything similar to this happen and staff couldn’t understand why so many orders were coming through.
He said: “I didn’t know what to do.
“They left at six o’clock but we were still getting orders at 10pm – we are thinking of putting a plaque on table 67 in memory of the lads.
“We must have had over 40 orders specifically for them on that table.
“It was easily over £80 by the end of my shift including the four hours after the boys had gone.
“Most of that was because it was milk they were getting bought.”
Of the incident, Wetherspoons spokesperson Eddie Gershon said: “We are delighted that as a result of our app Nick enjoyed an extra special birthday at the bankers draft.
“99.9% of transactions on our app take place from within our pubs but we have heard from people buying abroad for their friends back home in the pub.
“On this occasion the birthday boy benefitted from the tweet going viral and people buying him a range of food and drinks.”
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