Receiving a steady stream of unwanted text messages from some acquaintance to whom you foolishly gave your number is a true nightmare scenario.
A man named Jonathan Anozie is living this nightmare, reports TMZ, and the offending creepster is Papa John. Well, it probably isn’t real-life Papa John’s founder John Schnatter sending the texts, but an automated marketing system for his pizza chain is apparently overloading Anozie’s mobile notifications with offers for discounted pies. As such, the Beverly Hills, California, resident is suing the chain for $500 per unwanted text.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court Central District of California, claims Anozie replied “STOP” on multiple occasions, but the messages just kept coming. The alleged deluge caused the plaintiff “to suffer a significant amount of anxiety, frustration, and annoyance.” Who among us hasn’t experienced anxiety, frustration, and annoyance upon a plethora of unwanted texts?
Anozie and his attorneys claim the texts violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. While the exact number of messages is not mentioned in the lawsuit, one would have to assume it must be fairly significant to elicit a legal response. That $500-per punishment could add up to be quite a sum of money. Anozie is seeking a trial by jury.
See the initial court filing below.