Here's the scenario:
You walk by a food stand and the delicious smell of impeccably marinated chicken (or eggplant, for our vegetarian friends), sizzling on a grill wafts through the air and stops you in mid-stride. Your insides are wrestling and all of a sudden, you can't control your mouth from salivating. Alright, you say. I'm going to fix this. So you march on over, determined to satisfy your piercing appetite. But your mission hits a roadblock. There's about 30 other individuals who are just as hypnotized as you are, but got to the food stand or truck before you did.
So you wait in line for 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes. Your friends play nice at first and stand on the side, but they start to lose patience and tell you to meet up with them after you get your food. You're standing in the sun and the temperature is hiking up. The opening chords of your favorite band is starting to play. Panic is setting in. All the while, you're inching closer and closer to the front of the stand. Finally, the line gets to you and you're holding your coveted food in your hands. Now comes the frustrating task of finding your friends and hopefully catching some parts of your favorite band's performance.
Enter Chris Evans. Evans is the owner and founder of Next Message. Recently launched this month, Next Message "[provides] a way for customers to easily place orders to vendors via TEXT MESSAGE, while allowing those vendors to easily manage those orders online and with smartphones." So instead of waiting in outrageously long lines, customers can text their orders beforehand and enjoy the rest of the event, whether it's lounging with friends, sifting through arts & crafts vendors, or catching every minute of your favorite band. When your order is done, the vendor will text you back alerting you that your food is ready for pick up. It's as simple as that. No more standing in frustrating lines and experiencing a serious case of FOMO, that's Fear Of Missing Out for those of you that are missing out on pop culture lingo.
So next time you're queuing up, think of Next Message.
Hope everyone had a great weekend and got to eat some great food.
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