POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 5:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 5:20pm
The rain fell, the streets froze, and the cars got stuck in the north Georgia ice last Wednesday night... not the ideal time to try and deliver food.
That didn't stop one Marietta man from going to great lengths to get a family its Domino's pizza.
Lyle and Ginny Maude Schaefer live at the top of a hill on Beauregard Drive in Marietta.
Last Wednesday they ordered a pizza to be delivered before the streets froze up; they didn't realize the challenge it would present.
"I had no idea when we ordered the pizza that it was going to become such an event," Ginny Maude Schaefer said.
But it was.
And the unwitting star was Domino's employee Reggie Redding.
"It was just a normal delivery," Redding said. "But when I started out, that's when the adventure began."
Redding reached the bottom of Beauregard Drive.
He tried to go up, but then, he says, his car stopped and slowly slid down.
That's when Redding got out and took on the hill by foot.
"I slipped," he recalled, "and my glasses had fallen off my face, so they were gone.
"A couple of people saw me, and they were offering me cash money -- I mean big dollars -- for this pizza."
Lyle Schaefer said he got a call from Redding and "told him, 'You don't have to deliver it.' And he said, 'Oh no; when you're hungry, you want to get your dinner.'"
Twenty minutes later, Redding finally arrived at the Schaefer house.
"He was icy and wet," Ginny Maude said, "and there he stood with this pizza box!"
When asked what he was thinking, Redding simply says as follows: "I believe we're on earth to help each other."