Thursday, October 13, 2016

When police and firemen are busy, who ya' gonna call?

Claire Olsen is 87 and lives alone in Palm Beach, FL. As hurricane Matthew hit the beach, she phoned her grandson Eric in Nebraska to say she just lost power and "this is a nightmare." For the next two days, Eric tried to call her, but nobody answered. He called Palm Beach police and fire department to ask for a wellness check, but their lines were tied up because of the storm. He didn't know anyone else in Palm Beach, so as a last resort he called Papa John's.

He wrote special instructions when he ordered the pepperoni pizza for his grandmother. The delivery man was to call Eric when the pie was delivered and put his cell phone to Claire Olsen's ear so he could talk to her and be sure she was okay. Pizza deliveryman Lance Tyler said that when Claire Olsen spoke with her grandson, her expression was "just priceless." She described the pizza as "fantastic." Later Eric joked, "Police and fire couldn't do it, but Papa John's got there in 30 minutes and put a cellphone to her ear."

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