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Chipotle’s free guac offer is breaking the internet. And people are going crazy

Chipotle’s free guacamole offer Tuesday overwhelmed the chain’s internet servers, causing an outage on its app that frustrated customers seeking to take advantage of the deal.
Chipotle’s free guacamole offer Tuesday overwhelmed the chain’s internet servers, causing an outage on its app that frustrated customers seeking to take advantage of the deal. The Associated Press file

Update, 3:45 p.m. Both the Chipotle app and website are now working, according to a tweet from the restaurant.

Update, 2:15 p.m.: The free guacamole offer is working on the mobile app, but the desktop system is still down, according to tweets from Chipotle.

Original story:

The free guacamole Chipotle offered with online orders for National Avocado Day was a “groundbreaking” idea, the food chain tweeted out, but then everyone went crazy for some free guac.

Now, the free offer is “internet-breaking,” Chipotle tweeted.

The servers on the app and online have crashed, people have said on Twitter, but Chipotle said at 11:03 a.m. Central that it is working to get the servers back up.

Chipotle said it followed an “Avocado Day Checklist,” which included the following:

Several people “edited” the checklist.

Others are frustrated the app and website are not working.

To take advantage of the offer, people have to use code “AVOCADO” when placing online or in-app orders of a bowl, salad, burrito or order of tacos, according to Chipotle. The offer expires at closing time.

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