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168,149 People Just Received Texts From Valentine's Day & Nobody Knows Why

November 7, 2019
(AP Photo/Randall Benton)
Happy belated Valentine's Day to the 168,149 people who received random texts this week that were sent nearly nine months ago on February 14. CNN reports that cell phone users on all four major U.S. carriers received the bizarre messages early Thursday, with many people claiming the texts startled them in the middle of the night. "Can you explain why MY PHONE sent a random text message at 1 a.m. to my boss?" one irate Sprint customer later tweeted at the company. "And I received a random text at 4 a.m. from someone else?" Marissa Figueroa, a 25-year-old from California, tells CBS News she got an unwanted message from an ex. “It didn’t feel great,” she said. “It just was not good for me and my mental health to be in contact with him.” While one industry analyst believes Valentine's Day messages were likely affected because of the "abnormally high" number of texts sent on the holiday, CBS News also reports, "Phone companies blamed others and offered no further explanations."