The last time I was added in a group text by mistake I was told to bring three pizzas and a broom. I told the person I’ll be there in an hour and then blocked the number from my phone. Mark Chalifoux, the guy behind another group text gone wrong, was a much better person than I ever was.
Mark Chalifoux, a comedian from Ohio, saw an opportunity for humor when he was accidentally included in a family’s group chat. It started a few months ago. Chalifoux received a photo of a kid with an older woman.
More than to have a laugh, Chalifoux sent the text to make the people there realize they had made a mistake. These guys didn’t catch the mix-up. In fact, Chalifoux received more messages the following day.
The following day, Chalifoux got to know the family a bit more. “Of course I couldn’t resist buying it for him, fast and furious!” read one text, accompanied by an image of the same kid with a toy car. The texts following this image included gushing over the kid.
“Aw, give him a smooch for me!” read one text. Chalifoux thought it wise to join in on the conversation thread at this point. “I don’t know why I’m part of this,” he wrote, “but I’m happy that kid got his car.”
This family proved to be right out of a Hallmark movie. “Because you are family,” the person who sent the photo replied to Chalifoux. (Maybe if I was told this, instead of to "bring pizza," I would have done as Chalifoux has done too!)
Two weeks after this conversation, Chalifoux received another image. This time it was a photo of four soldiers standing near a helicopter. The caption read, “Christian and his unit shipping out for six months.”
The members of the group chat were quick to reply. “Wow, an officer and a gentleman, I pray for him every time we sing the anthem!” read one of the messages. Chalifoux thought it was time to make it obvious that he did not belong in this family group chat.
… he received another text. This time the person sent out details on how they could send Christian a package while on deployment. Rather than ignoring the details, Chalifoux asked himself, what the hell kind of package can someone send a stranger who is on deployment?
“I just said I’ll let it be a surprise when it shows up. I am hoping he’ll be encouraged that 90 people contributed and it will let him know that someone cares,” Chalifoux said of this plan on shipping the package. “Families are making much bigger sacrifices than most of us are. It’s a nice way for people to show some gratitude and support.”
This guy has done a good deed, great, but did he really? Sure, sending out $1,000 worth of cookies sounds like a dream! But who’s sending milk to this soldier? How can he ever eat these cookies, without first dunking them in milk?