Nineteen-year-old Cory Hrobowski has a cautionary tale to anyone who receives texts from unknown number. Always ask who it is and never assume it’s safe to blow up on.
When the unknown number came through with a demand for him to “come at 12 on Friday,” Hrobowski explained to BuzzFeed News that he thought the text was from “a random girl.”
Not one to save numbers, the teen moved ahead with his assumption and grew irritated that someone was planning his week for him, regardless of what he was going to get out of it. So, he responded accordingly.
Or, at the very least, with the response he thought the situation called for.
“I have bad experiences with unknown numbers so I get fed up pretty quick,” he told Buzzfeed News.
In response to his text, Hrobowski received an unexpected reply. One that would change the current course of his life.
“When I found out it was my boss, I was actually super nervous,” Hrobowski explained, though he failed to respond to clear up the mix-up.
Just under nine hours later, he received a follow-up that would cause anyone’s heart to sink.
Unsure how to handle the situation, Hrobowski turned to the one outlet that everyone knows will offer no help: Twitter.
Okay I’ve still yet to respond can someone tell me wtf I say to this 😅— Cory Hrobowski (@SznVibes) July 17, 2018
I never responded and she texted me last night and said “I’ll be giving you a call tomorrow to discuss the terms of your employment with us”— Cory Hrobowski (@SznVibes) July 17, 2018
His decision only exacerbated the situation, specifically after his tweets went viral and attracted the attention of more than 85,000 people.
As everybody but Hrobowski likely expected, the responses he received were… less than helpful.
Should have replied back “I run a business after work hours I apologize “— مورجن (@morganelise__) July 17, 2018
There was the occasional reasonable suggestion, though the teen failed to follow the sound advice.
“I’m apologize for my language I thought this was someone else’s number that was given to me”— jenni (@jenbernall) July 17, 2018
Son all you had to say was "my bad. You should've said who you was in the first message. I'll be there friday" and you would've still have a job— .Rell (@NohuhRell) July 17, 2018
you literally could have just said oh my god i’m so sorry your number looks close to someone else i know, so sorry i’ll be there on friday and everything would’ve been fine. you did this to yourself m8— riley🤘 (@riley_garrett_) July 20, 2018
Don’t respond at all. Tell her you lost your phone when you call in Thursday to ask for your schedule as it was on the phone you lost.— Monique (@m0niquesilveira) July 18, 2018
According to Hrobowski, things “got out of hand” after his situation went viral, which is what tends to happen when a personal problem is made very, very public.
Two days after the awkward text exchange, Hrobowski decided he had to take the appropriate action. “I resigned due to the fact that Twitter blew the situation,” he told BuzzFeed News.
Though he learned his lesson and now knows to ask “who’s this” before responding, blaming the outlet that he publicly posted his personal dilemma on is a cop out.
According to a later tweet, however, he quit for an entirely different reason that had nothing to do with the awkwardness of the scenario going so public.
If you’re wondering why I quit it’s because in the last few days just Bc of a few tweets I’ve made over $3,000 from my music, and it was only summer job I didn’t like anyway.🤷♂️— Cory Hrobowski (@SznVibes) July 19, 2018