When Katie Camlin arrived at work Monday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo., her boss had news for her.
Some Chiefs employees, he told her, had come to their Plaza Liquor store in search of six bottles of Dom Perignon champagne. A big signing, it appeared, was on the way.
Camlin’s first thought: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was about to cash in.
"Off the cuff, I tweeted it because I’m a Chiefs fan and I was beyond excited," Camlin told USA TODAY Sports by phone Monday evening. "It’s kind of fun to have a scoop."
A Chiefs spokesperson declined to confirm a local champagne search to USA TODAY Sports.
Camlin didn’t leave her 12:21 p.m. tweet live for long. She became anxious, wondering if she’d broken any company policy at Plaza Liquor, where she was hired as a beer manager in late May after she was furloughed from her sampling job at Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company.
She was "terrified I was going to be in trouble," Camlin said. She worried: Would the Chiefs be upset?
"I didn’t want to lose their business," she said by phone, as Plaza Liquor colleagues fielded more media requests off store phones through the evening. "I was afraid they’d be mad. So I deleted it. But of course, screenshots are forever."
And less than two hours after Camlin’s short-lived tweet, ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke news that Mahomes and the Chiefs had agreed to terms on a 10-year extension beyond the two seasons remaining on the contract of the 24-year-old who’s already won MVP honors and brought Kansas City a Super Bowl.
When she saw the ESPN report, Camlin tweeted, "Holy (expletive) I beat Schefter hahaha."
Twitter users began tagging Camlin and requesting she be credited. Messages streamed in from family and friends — "all profane," Camlin laughs. Customers, upon buying liquor, pointed at Camlin and exclaimed: "I saw your tweet!" Plaza Liquor’s owner, who had participated in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade, let Camlin and colleagues know their owner loved it.
Camlin sighed with relief and returned to beer orders and deliveries as the Chiefs released a socially distant picture of their quarterback and Kansas City general manager Brett Veach. Mahomes’ agency, Steinberg Sports, announced that the contract is worth $477 million in guarantee mechanisms with a maximum value of $503 million.
But one order of business remained before Camlin felt fully comfortable celebrating her hometown locking up its MVP quarterback for the next decade.
Was the Chiefs employee tasked with amassing champagne in trouble? Camlin spoke with him by phone before her 10-hour work shift came to a close.
"I wanted to make sure he was OK," she said. "We just wanted to clear that he didn’t spill any beans.
"It was just me guessing!"