The biggest news to hit UC Berkeley this year is a hoax.
As students walked to campus Monday morning, they were greeted by a huge banner that appeared on Southside stating In-N-Out was coming to Telegraph Avenue summer 2014. But according to information provided by an In-N-Out representative, no Berkeley location has been confirmed for the near future. In a tweet, GoldenBlogs said an In-N-Out rep also stated that the banner placed on Telegraph Avenue is not the typical banner used for prerelease.
The sign appeared over 2333 Telegraph Avenue, a prime spot previously held by Adidas. According to the city of Berkeley’s website, In-N-Out has not applied for a zoning permit as of Monday morning. Councilmember Kriss Worthington said hoaxes like these happen frequently.
Worthington said a few years back, some students pushed to incorporate an In-N-Out into the Lower Sproul Plaza renovation. He said when students reached out, corporate representatives said a campus location didn’t fit the company’s model. Currently, a petition by Matthew Brueckmann to bring the chain to Lower Sproul or nearby campus has garnered more than 1,200 supporters.
As expected, the news of a possible In-N-Out garnered a lot of attention as students both walked by the location and posted on social media.
“I feel like my life has been completely played by this hoax,” said sophomore Linda Nkemere. “I don’t even like In-N-Out, but I was excited.”
On social media, students, alumni and, well, pretty much everyone who ever ate at an In-N-Out are freaking out. Check out the full storify of emotions from students below.
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Staff writer Michelle Pitcher contributed to this report.