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Grandma's wrong-number text ends in Thanksgiving invite for teen stranger

By Ben Hooper

MESA, Ariz., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- An Arizona grandmother's wrong-number text led to a 17-year-old stranger being invited to join her family for Thanksgiving.

Jamal Hinton, a senior at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, posted screenshots to Twitter of his conversation with a Mesa woman who texted him that Thanksgiving dinner would be served at 3 p.m. on the holiday.

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The woman identified herself as "your grandma," but a suspicious Hinton asked her to send a picture.

The woman sent a selfie, leading Hinton to respond with one of his own along with the message, "You not my grandma. Can I still get a plate tho?"

The woman, unfazed, responded: "Of course you can. That's what grandmas do... feed everyone."

Hinton said the woman started receiving messages from other strangers asking her for Thanksgiving dinner, leading her to change her number. He said the woman's grandson told him his invitation still stands and gave him the woman's new number.

"I thought, 'Wow, this lady is really nice,'" he told KNXV-TV. "Any other person would probably blow me off, and be like, 'No, never text my number again,' but she was actually pretty nice and sweet about it."

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"There really are still nice people out in the world," Hinton said.

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