As Daily Dot points out, the singer seemingly shared the card in an Instagram Story posted last year. However, the details are just now drawing attention — largely thanks to a TikToker named Neil Shankar (@tallneil).
Shankar posted about the card in mid-July, drawing millions of views and instantly sparking a debate about celebrity freebies.
The Chipotle celebrity card reportedly gives its user access to free, unlimited Chipotle for a year. Celebrities ranging from Tony Hawk to Abby Wambach to Big Sean all claim to have received cards in the past.
Based on that timeline, Rodrigo’s card may not even be active anymore. However, that didn’t stop commenters from arguing in Shankar’s comments section.
“Olivia Rodrigo does not pay for Chipotle,” Shankar says at the beginning of his clip.
Shankar’s video, for its part, doesn’t seem to take a stand. Instead, the TikToker explains the card’s supposed benefits (Chipotle has been historically cagey about the details), then breaks down why it likely only last for one year.
The video references the AAirpass, which Shankar calls “a cautionary tale in marketing.” The cards, rolled out by American Airlines in the late ’80s, allowed customers to purchase an unlimited, lifetime ticket, essentially granting them as many flights as they wanted.
Ultimately, the airline discontinued the AAirpasss and canceled the service for cardholders. That move led to years of controversy and lawsuits from customers who felt they’d been cheated out of their free flights.
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“So Chipotle learned from [American Airlines’] experience and made their card expire after a year,” Shankar says.
However, many TikTok users didn’t seem bothered by the timeline. Some were curious as to why Rodrigo — or any celebrity — would need that much free food.
“Crazy how we give so much to people who already have more than enough,” one user wrote.
“How the rich stay rich,” another agreed.
“Rich people literally pay for nothing,” another added.
Others, meanwhile, argued that it didn’t make sense to complain about the cards, which, at the end of the day, are really just a marketing strategy.
“We’re complaining about it, but Chipotle now has us talking about them because of Olivia Rodrigo,” one user wrote. “So however much money they’re ‘losing’ is worth it.”
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