It's John Lewis versus John Lewis
The good thing about Twitter is that it can allow people reach out to celebrities, well-known figures, and stores that would otherwise be difficult to contact. The bad thing about Twitter is that one wrong letter or word can send your comment to a totally different person than you were trying to reach.
John Lewis of Blacksburg, Virginia is a 50-year-old father who writes computer science textbooks, and he wants everyone to know that he’s not a store. He can’t help you with unsatisfactory purchases. The American man shares a name with a British department store; he chose the Twitter handle @johnlewis, and the store uses @johnlewisretail. Yet that doesn’t stop thousands of people form tweeting him every year about the purchases they make from the store.
So Many Tweets
For instance, Twitter user @kosher_medic wrote to the American man, “Hoping @johnlewis will issue an official apology and perhaps throw in a gift card.” Naturally, the tweet went to the American author, so John wrote to them, “It’s good to have a dream.”
User @steelhal said, “Tonight I will be dressed head to toe by @johnlewis, lovely shoes, dress, and jacket.” John replied, “Sounds good. What time should I come over?” He always includes the store’s actual Twitter handle in the Tweet in hopes that people will someday learn the difference.
John’s been such a good sport about replying to the mistaken tweets with wit that the retailers have even sent him gift packages. Among a few high-tech gadgets, John was sent a cookie made in his visage! They clearly appreciate his patience with their customers, and his humor about the situation.
John Meets Moz
The store is known for releasing heartwarming commercials for the holidays, and the latest advert featured a big furry creature named Moz the Monster who lived under a child’s bed and played with the kid during the night. The commercial reached John, and he tweeted to the store, “I say this is one of your best! It brightened my day (which I needed, ironically, thanks to you).”
The store thanked him right back, not only for his compliment, but for his humor about the constant messages from their customers. John Lewis (the store) released a clip in which Moz’s big furry hand writes, “That means so much coming from the other John Lewis! [Love], Moz the Monster.”
Moz the Monster was given his own Twitter page by the store that created him, and he’s been publicly chatting with John for some time. John said that Moz is funny, and Moz replied, “What’s the difference between myself & Donald Trump? One of us is a big dumb monster, & the other stars in an advert for a well-known retail chain.”
A few days later, Moz wrote, “I’m not a man I’m a monster. But if I was a man, I’d like to be John Lewis. #InternationalMensDay.”
More John Lewises
Mr. John doesn’t just get confused with the John Lewis store. A quick look at his Twitter page will show you that he’s also been confused with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia on a few occasions. The congressman’s Twitter handle is @repjohnlewis.
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