A young car salesman from the U.K. hit the headlines in September 2017 after doing something bizarre while his girlfriend was in labor. The couple had been in the delivery room for a few hours when he decided he simply couldn’t wait any longer – and set about sorting out a special delivery of his own.
Tariq Quareshy is a 23-year-old father from Leicester with a frankly hilarious story. At the end of August 2017 he did something pretty cheeky, and once he had tweeted about the episode there was no going back. The internet lapped it up and soon Quareshy became a media sensation.
It all started when he and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Cardine Frank Whitmore, were preparing for the arrival of their baby. It was their first child together and the plan had always been to have the birth at their home in Leicester. Unfortunately, however, this wasn’t to be and the expectant couple had to adjust their ideas.
The home birth had begun okay, with midwives in attendance when Whitmore’s waters broke on the afternoon of August 30, 2017. But then the mom-to-be’s blood pressure started to rise. Before long, the reading was dangerously high and the midwives made a decision. Whitmore was to be taken to hospital for the birth, in the interests of the safety of mother and baby. An ambulance was called and Whitmore checked into Leicester Royal Infirmary at about 4:00 p.m.
It soon became clear that baby wasn’t going to pop out anytime soon. And by the time 10:00 p.m. was approaching, it was Quareshy who was thinking of popping out – to get something to eat. He had been trying to sell cars all day, had come straight to hospital and was now ravenously hungry. “I was starving, I hadn’t eaten all day,” he told U.K. tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail in September 2017.
Quareshy tried his best to be present for his girlfriend who, by this point, was getting pretty close to delivering their baby. But the car salesman simply couldn’t get his famished feelings out of his mind. So the young man did something most expectant fathers wouldn’t dare when their partner is in labor.
First, he took out his smartphone – he knew the hand-held technology held the key to unlocking the solution to his hunger. His mind was set on finding a way to get some food. But, because Quareshy knew he couldn’t abandon Whitmore to leave the hospital and buy some, the food would have to come to him.
This is when the food delivery app Deliveroo came to the forefront of his famine-fevered mind. Deliveroo dispatches restaurant food to its clients via riders on bikes, motorbikes and scooters. But despite thinking it a genius idea, Quareshy fell at the first hurdle – he didn’t even have a Deliveroo account. Instead of bailing on the idea, however, he got busy registering his details direct from the delivery room.
After successfully creating a profile on the app, the father-to-be got started on the important work of putting his delivery request together. While his poor girlfriend was suffering on, Quareshy placed an order for a double cheeseburger and fries – oh, and some buffalo wings.
Quareshy told U.K. tabloid The Sun that the wings were just a precautionary measure, in case he was in hospital all night and got peckish later on. Before he sent the order off, the well brought up Quareshy made sure to remember his manners. So he checked if Whitmore’s midwife wanted anything too.
It appeared that the nurse didn’t share Quareshy’s appetite. Instead, she shot the young man “a stern look” and told him tersely she didn’t want to add anything to his Deliveroo order. Having made his polite enquiry, there was just one last thing for Quareshy to do before completing his order. He needed to add a note to the delivery rider.
Normally, customers use this section of a takeaway app to give specific directions – but not this guy. Although Quareshy did tell the rider specifically which part of the hospital they were in — the Kensington Building – he also wrote another little detail that he hoped would speed up the dinner delivery. He pressed “confirm”, and now he really was an expectant dad.
In his message to the delivery rider, Quareshy had written, “Go to the Kensington building. My girlfriend is in labor.” Our hero subsequently posted a screengrab of the note to his Twitter account. The picture immediately picked up a few likes and retweets from social media users who thought his single-minded dedication to buffalo wings was hilarious.
Time was ticking by and Whitmore was getting closer and closer to giving birth. Quareshy was pacing up and down, understandably anxious that his meal might not make it in time. The poor young man’s stomach was fully dilated by this point. But relatively soon after placing the order, he received a message to say his food had arrived. Quareshy ran straight downstairs to pick it up from the Deliveroo rider, who – as far as the starving dad-to-be was concerned – was the hero of the day.
“[The delivery man] was shaking, he’d looked like he’d cycled really fast to get here,” Quareshy told the Daily Mail newspaper. Not wanting his customer to miss the other kind of delivery going on upstairs, the rider urged Quareshy to hurry back up to his girlfriend, who had already been pushing when he had left her.
Quareshy got himself back up to the delivery room – cheeseburger, fries and buffalo wings firmly in hand. It was clear that things had ramped up in his absence. Nevertheless, he began to tuck into his meal. He had to ask Whitmore’s mom if she wouldn’t mind rubbing her daughter’s back for him. His hands were busy with the fast food.
Considering his order had only arrived at 10:00 p.m. Quareshy had really cut it fine. His baby girl arrived only one hour later, at 11:04 p.m. “My [fries] were still hot when the baby came out!” he joked while recounting the episode to the Daily Mail.
Luckily, the hungry boyfriend didn’t miss out on the delivery of his baby, but his girlfriend was still unimpressed with him, to say the least. When the exhausted Whitmore was offered a buffalo wing by Quareshy shortly after giving birth, she simply swore at him.
But all’s well that ends well. A healthy baby girl was welcomed into the world, and Quareshy made sure that his experience wasn’t ruined by a rumbling tummy. And once Deliveroo heard about the unique story, the company couldn’t help but reach out to the new parents.
“We’re sure every mum-to-be would love a delivery in 30 minutes,” Deliveroo said in a message to the family, accompanying a money voucher and a baby grow. “We’re on a mission… so it was an honor to deliver… their first ever family meal!” it continued. The message finished with an irresistible pun, “After-all, who wouldn’t want a burger after a hard day’s labor.”