A pizza delivery man named Benjamin Houston from Flint, Michigan showed what dedication really means when his car broke down during a delivery. The Domino’s employee was faced with a big decision, and chose to put the customer first.
Ashley Schafer had ordered a pizza and soda late one night after putting her three daughters to bed. “My husband is third shift so sometimes we have dinner for breakfast and all eat together. This night I decided to order the pizza to have it for the morning,” she said.
The pizza order was made and sent off with Houston in his 2006 Chevy HHR. About a half mile away from the Shafer’s home, his car broke down on the side of the road. Houston decided to walk the food, going above and beyond, especially considering he is hearing impaired.
“I don’t like sitting in a car doing nothing for so long,” he said. “Even though the area where I live is not safe for people to walk, especially a deaf person.” So he set out for the Shafer’s home, determined to deliver their pizza.
Meanwhile, Shafer had been waiting about an hour and was confused. Finally, she received a knock on the door, but it wasn’t her pizza. It was Domino’s assistant manager who was very concerned about Houston when he realized the deaf driver decided to walk.
“I told him I wasn’t worried about the pizza,” Schafer said. “Go find Ben. It was 12:30 in the morning and being a delivery driver can be dangerous as it is.”
Thirty minutes later, Shafer heard another knock on the door. When she answered she saw Houston standing on her doorstep with a pizza, soda, receipt, and pen in hand. When she realized he had walked, she gave him a big tip and called the restaurant to let them know he left on foot.
“I know he has a huge heart and is dedicated and loyal,” she said. “Nine and a half times out of ten someone else would not have done that. That speaks a lot about his character.”
To show her appreciation, Shafer set up a GoFundMe page for Houston to help him fix his car. The page has already raised over $11,000, a great reward for someone who is doing their job in such a spectacular way.
“It might seem silly, but in a world that right now feels tumultuous and full of hate and in a city where itself and it’s people are constantly put down, there was this bright light that was Ben,” she wrote in her Facebook post about the experience.
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Last night my faith in humanity was restored all because of pizza. I ordered late, around 11pm, from Dominos on Court street. Using the tracker I saw my pizzas had left the store at 11:24. An hour later I still had no pizza and was about to call having a fit when there was a knock. It was a manager informing me that the delivery drivers car had broken down, a Deaf young man named Benjamin, and he was worried. Because it was late and he was Deaf he was concerned he wasn’t getting the help he needed. I felt awful. He’d delivered to me a few times and was always very nice. He called the woman who’d reported Ben and his broke down car, found his exact location and said he’d be back. Half an hour later there was another knock, it was Ben with my pizza who was apologizing profusely and explaining what happened. I said I’d heard, I completely understood and it was not a problem at all. I got in, put the pizza up and let my crying dogs out from lock up when it dawned on me I didn’t see a car. I looked out my window to see him trucking down the street on foot. He had WALKED me my pizza. If I wasn’t alone with two young kids asleep I would’ve went after him. I immediately called the store to let them know so they could go find this amazing young man. I’m happy to say they found him and he is safe and sound. It might seem silly, but in a world that right now feels tumultuous and full of hate and in a city where itself and it’s people are constantly put down, there was this bright light that was Ben. He went far above and beyond, caring more about getting me my stupid pizzas then staying at his car and waiting for help. It’s more than pizza of course, its an enormous understanding of responsibility, respect for self and another human being, and above all unsolicited kindness. He deserves a HUGE pat on the back, in the very least. Please like and share for humanity at its best, doing for others at the cost of self when you don’t even have to. You’re all kinds of awesome Ben!!!
“He went far above and beyond, caring more about getting me my stupid pizzas [than] staying at his car and waiting for help,” Schafer added. “It’s more than pizza of course, its an enormous understanding of responsibility, respect for self and another human being, and above all unsolicited kindness.”
Houston is a perfect example of sacrifice and selflessness simply through the way he does his job. If he can make a difference delivering pizzas, we can all do something to make the world a little brighter!
-She looked out the window and suddenly realized what the deliver man had done…