Pizza Place Overwhelmed By Five Nights at Freddy's Calls

The New Jersey restaurant Freddie's "is trapped in a sea of never-ending telephone calls, and it is hurting business."

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A real-world pizza place in New Jersey is being overrun by calls from gamers asking if the restaurant has anything to do with the video game Five Nights at Freddy's. It doesn't.

Asbury Park Press (via Kotaku) reports that the pizza joint in question, Freddie's Restaurant and Pizzeria in Long Branch, is seeing its phone lines ring off the hook--but not always for pizza orders.

"The calls are from children nationwide, who want to know if Freddie's is, in fact, Freddy's Fazbear Pizza, the setting for a popular online video game called Five Nights at Freddy's," the report said.

"Freddie's is trapped in a sea of never-ending telephone calls, and it is hurting business. The restaurant added phone lines. It shifted employees around to handle incoming calls," the report added. "And its regular customers have had trouble getting through to place their orders."

The restaurant opened in 1944 and continues to be family-run to this day.

Simply changing its number might be a bad idea for business. New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association president Marilou Halvorsen said, "Think about much business would be lost" if Freddie's were to get a new number.

"That number has been in existence for so long, and then all of the sudden you change the number and people think you're out of business. It's not that easy. Hopefully, it will die down," Halvorsen said about the huge volume of non-order calls.

How many calls are actually being placed? More than you might think.

"I've never seen anything like this," said a waitress who has worked at Freddie's for 34 years. "You can get 200 calls in an hour. It's very annoying. You try to do your job, and you keep picking the phone up."

Freddie's has added new telephone lines to compensate for the huge influx in calls. Additionally, employees examine the caller ID in an attempt to get an idea who wants pizza and who wants to know about fictional animatronic bears.

This Five Nights at Freddy's problem isn't unique to Freddie's in New Jersey. A pizza place in Roseville, California--Fast Freddie's Pizza & Pasta--is also being inundated with calls about the video game, the report said.

For his part, Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon told the Asbury Park Press in an automated response, "Please do not call any phone numbers that you think may be associated with the game; there are NO phone numbers associated with the game or marketing; all locations are fictional."

Go to the Asbury Park Press to get the full story.

The first Five Nights at Freddy's debuted in August 2014 on PC and has since been ported to iOS. Three sequels have been released since, while spinoff Five Nights at Freddy's World came out in January this year. However, it was removed from sale after complaints that it had been released too early and felt unfinished.

A new game, Sister Location, is due out this fall. You can watch an ultra-creepy trailer for it here.

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Figures -.-, "The calls are from (american soil)children nationwide,".

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G amers wonder why there is the stereotype of the stoner gamer/anime otaku virgin or the 13 year old on COD screaming profanities. It's crap like this that only re-enforces that a large enough group of them really man-children and they aren't doing anything to help that image.

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Perhaps parents should teach their kids A) How to Google, B) Not to call businesses without permission, and C) That Video Games aren't real. Any similarities will be coincidences and great heaping piles of disappointment in real life.

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Just...make it all stop...

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It boggles my mind just how stupid some people can be.

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This is precisely why children these days need more adult supervision and shouldn't own mobile phones until they're in High School at the soonest. I feel sorry for the poor employees of that restaurant.

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morons

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Pretty simple solution. Get an automated keypad answering service and have "If you're calling about whether or not we're related to the game Five Nights at Freddy's, press 5." Then have an automated voice say that they're not affiliated and hang up on them. Done. Worth the little extra cost to not have it impact business, imo, and it filters out all of those calls.

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@Merex760: i would have the call to be placed into indefinite hold.

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Spent an hour with the first game and that was it. Never went back to that pile of crap. Seriously, what's with kids these days ? jeez. Feel sorry for the business owner and all his employees. Call Freddie's Pizzeria only for your pizzas kids !!!

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Game is shit, kids are stupid.

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First step - block any out of state numbers.

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What is the point of Calling them on the phone anyways? What if they said "Yes, we are the 5 nights Freddie thing." What does the caller say now? "Oh, cool. OK, well umm. Bye I guess."

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Sounds like a business deal. Retool the shop and make it Freddy Fazbears. Here come the visitors with cash... The real experience. lol

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Wow, what is the matter with these kids. This game must be a lot more popular than I thought. I mean 200 calls per hour would be a nightmare and may drive him out of business or force the business to change its name.

Why would these kids think this place has anything to do with the game. Maybe it's a prank call of some kind?

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@csward: 1) Both have Freddy's in the name, but spelled differently. 2) Kids are morons these days. Too many trophies for sucking. Not enough encouraging to improve and be smart.

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For all the whining about the Undertale fanbase, you don't see them doing anything like this.

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Come to the 21st century Freddie's Pizza; set up ONLINE/MOBILE APP ordering.
Then at least part of your problem is solved.

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I 'd say yes, it is, and scare them senseless.

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This proves people who enjoy indie garbage are the lowest tier of human scum on the planet. Pretty much a bunch of jobless hipsters who like making life hell for the hard working americans.

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@wheepitup: Hey, it was an idea that caught on, you blame innovation and an idea that caught on? Instead of the commercial AAA regurgitated crap that we are showered with year to year?

Who isn't sick of NEED FOR SPEED or COD?

I personally have no interest in Five Nights, but I do have interest at what makes money, what gets attention. Ask the indie guy that made the concept if he thinks kids are the lowest tier of human scum on the planet, he might check his bank account and get back to you with a nope!

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@wheepitup: I think you just succeeded in sounding like scum yourself

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@wheepitup: What an idiotic comment. Nothing else to say except that if you're prepared to call an entire group of people "lowest tier of human scum" (which is so hyperbolic, it's not even funny. I remind of you the horrific people who actually do exist) based on a fucking gaming article - then you, yes you, are very probably the one most people would refer to as 'human scum'. Sorry.

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@wheepitup: "The calls are from children nationwide" - Just Kids ... no need to get all crazy and dramatic .. you'l start sounding like a Hipster !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: So you're saying if you like indie garbage, you have to be either a kid or the mentality of a kid? I knew this already.

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@wheepitup: No, that is the requirement to write comments such as yours. Don't worry, you will grow up.. hopefully.

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Just use an extension.

Machine: Thank you for calling Freddy's Pizza. Dial 1, to order. Dial 2, to address our haunted animatronics.

-Dial 2-

Machine: Kill yourself.

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@bluebugblood: I cannot imagine they wouldn't already have done this.

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@bluebugblood: This. And multiple lines until the fad dies down.

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How can people be so stupid.

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Get some marketing skills. Change the number, but keep the old one. Sell yourself to the people calling about the game and say that orders can be placed on a different line.....The line can even be fully automated....

You don't just up and change the line.....

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Ugh, that poor guy.... Such fucking stupidity hurting a business..

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I would tell them that it might be as long as they order pizza and make some money out of it at least lol but I dont believe this article it might be PR scam.

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WP doing typical WP shit. Dont know when to separate make-believe from reality. That disclaimer at the beginning of shows that end with "Don't try this at home" was created because of them.

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@mi_hung_lo: Wow you're racist.

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bullshit they are getting 200 calls an hour...what crap

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@zerohournow: I find that hard to believe at well. Maybe the did one time, but I doubt it's that like heavy too often.

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@zerohournow: Autism is a hell of a drug.

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meh, free publicity is all this con is.. good job.

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The stupidity of humanity sometimes. Really............

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I live in the UK but whats there number I want to make a long distance phone call.

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It's days like this I'm ashamed to admit I enjoy this series. I hope people can realise that not everybody that enjoys it is an immature idiot that goes out and does this kinda stupid garbage.

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What's the number to Freddie's Pizza. I got a question to ask em lol

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wow, you people act like you never did stupid shit when you were a kid. My friend and I literally called Nintendo's support asking why our Virtual Boy was only displaying red. Of course, we knew why but had nothing better to do.

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@monkeyman22xx: True, but this a dumb question to ask really, Not even a fun practical joke like Bart does on "The Simpsons" or something. Not to mention every kid that plays this game seems to think this is a funny idea...

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@monkeyman22xx: I accidentally had my fingers slammed in the car door once [no major damage, a finger nail fell off] that's being carelessly stupid, this is just moronic.....

hey dat pizza joint is a Freddies is it connected to 5 nights?? completely wrong Freddy too.....yet I bet Robert Englund never get's called asking if Freddy was the inspiration for 5 Nights.....ugh

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