PALM COAST, FL (WFTV/CNN) – Family members of an 87-year-old Florida woman are now breathing a sigh of relief knowing she’s safe after Hurricane Matthew.
It had been days since anyone heard from her, so her grandson thought of a way to get someone to check on her.
There is only one Papa Johns in Flagler County, FL, and when residents realized the worst of Matthew was over, the phone rang off the hook.
“They sure do order pizza after a hurricane,” said Papa John’s employee Lance Tyler.
But as he grabbed a pizza destined for Parkway Drive over the weekend, he had no idea the payoff he was about to receive.
A man named Eric called in the order from Nebraska. When Tyler got to the neighborhood he pulled out the box and took a look at the receipt. And as it turned out there were some special instructions: A phone number to call.
At the time, Tyler figured it was because the owner of the house had some big dogs they needed to put away. But a man answered the phone.
“The way that he answered the phone, ‘Is she there? Is she OK?’ It sounded like he was worried,” Tyler said.
“So he knocked on the door and said ‘delivery.’ I said ‘I didn’t order anything!’ He says ‘Your grandson did,'” said Claire Olsen, the recipient of the pizza.
At 87, Olsen has weathered her share of hurricanes, but she’s never had a pizza delivery guy put his phone to her ear – and heard her grandson.
“Grandma, I haven’t talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now,” Claire Olsen said.
The pizza was plain pepperoni, and Olsen appreciated it.
Tyler said it topped every tip he’s ever gotten.
“Her expression was just priceless. The way that she was like ‘Whoa!” Tyler said.
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