A family spread across three states collectively breathed a sigh of relief after a man called a Florida Papa John’s to deliver a pizza to his grandmother’s home, checking in on her, after Hurricane Matthew.
Claire Olsen told ABC News her family waited days to find out if their 87-year-old mother and grandmother had survived Hurricane Matthew.
ABC News reports Flagler County’s sole Papa John’s received a delivery call from a man in Nebraska, with very specific instructions for the delivery person.
The delivery person turned out to be Lance Tyler, ABC News reports. Tyler told ABC News he grabbed the pizza destined for Parkway Drive, having no idea what was in store for him.
"It was quite a surprise for me," Tyler told ABC News.
After receiving the call from the Nebraska man named Eric, Tyler made his way to Olsen’s door.
Olsen said she was reluctant to answer, thinking the person on the other side of the door could have been a scammer, because she didn't order a pizza, ABC News reports.
"He knocked on the door and said 'Delivery.' I said, 'I didn't order anything.' He says, 'Your grandson did,'" Olsen told reporters.
Tyler pulled out the pizza box and read the accompanying receipt, which included the special instructions and a phone number to call.
"The way that he answered the phone, 'Is she there? Is she OK?' It sounded like he was worried," Tyler told ABC News.
Olsen had weathered a few hurricanes in her day, she told reporters, but she'd never had a pizza delivery man put his cellphone to her ear to talk to her grandson.
"(My grandson said) 'Grandma, I haven't talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now," Olsen said.
Olsen told ABC News her pepperoni pizza was "fantastic" and much appreciated.
Tyler said the tip he received was his best one yet.
"Her expression was just priceless,” Tyler told reporters. “It was like, 'Wow!'”
Olsen told ABC News her phone has since been reconnected, and she had a lot of phone calls to make as soon as it was.
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