Under normal circumstances, buying someone a pizza would be considered a generous and friendly act. But rather than deeming it an act of kindness, one supermarket employee from England used a pizza delivery as a tactic to track down a missing toddler. The extraordinary story made the news on both sides of the Atlantic, and it’s an incredible case of the internet making the world a much smaller place.
Harry Brown worked in a branch of the British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, and one day he was surprised to discover that he’d been messaged by two people he didn’t know. What’s more, this couple, Gary and Kim Forester, were reaching out over someone he had met through online gaming – and unfortunately the pair had a problem.
In a nutshell, the Foresters were desperately searching for their granddaughter, Yvette Henley. Gary and Kim had won custody of young Yvette following a court battle, but her father Virgil Henley had allegedly absconded with the little girl. The Foresters were therefore at their wits’ end.