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Richard Meadows‘ plan began simply enough: The Auckland journalist was feeling weak and out of shape, with nagging injuries that hobbled his amateur career in strength sports.
“What better way to restore myself to peak physical condition,” he writes in a first-person account in this morning’s Star-Times newspaper, “than to hit the gym hard while devouring an entire pizza every day? With a whopping 1,600 calories and a decent chunk of protein, the Domino’s $5 range represented absurdly good value for money.”
But then social media, plus a tad bit of Meadows’ oversharing, led to a betrayal by an unhappy Domino’s — throwing a wrench in his plan. “To commemorate my 100th pizza, I’d posted a photo to their Facebook page, reclining on the boxes I’d collected and sharing a few highlights from the journey to date: ‘Bowel movements now arrive every hour on the hour, and the cheese nightmares are becoming less frequent!'”
His post racked up several thousand “likes” that same night. But when he woke up the next morning, “my heartfelt tribute had been deleted without explanation,” he said. “The relationship was over.”
That’s when Meadows — who also documented his caloric journey on Instagram — turned to a Pizza Hut restaurant on Dominion Road in Auckland. Within days, he and the manager, identified only as Hriday, were on first-name terms. “Hriday never judged me for my gluttonous ways, and we soon built a rapport. He worked long hours, and Sunday was his only day off. If I went to a different branch during the week, he would worry.”
The latest crime news across the world of 48,000 restaurants.*
In Deland, Fla., about 41 miles north of Orlando, an employee was jailed yesterday after being arrested on a grand theft charge for faking a robbery at a Papa John’s early yesterday morning, according to news reports.
A dozen deputies and officers from the DeLand Police Department, plus a K-9 unit and a sheriff’s office helicopter responded to a 911 call at 1:30 a.m. from Justin Miller, a night-shift manager at the restaurant at 1129 N. Woodland Blvd.
Miller, 24, claimed he was robbed by a man armed with a pocketknife outside the back of the restaurant as he was closing for the night, authorities said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He told cops the robber took two deposit bags with $1,332 inside.
“He was maybe a couple inches taller than me,” Miller told 911 dispatchers. “I couldn’t really tell. It looked like he was wearing all black clothes — maybe a hoodie and a ball cap. I couldn’t see his face.”
Authorities searched the area for about 40 minutes, but couldn’t find a robber, said the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Growing suspicious, they reinterviewed Miller. He began showing signs of deception, the newspaper said, and finally told deputies there was no robbery. He then led deputies to an outside chimney house where he removed a cement block and pulled out the missing money.
In addition to grand theft, Miller was also charged with giving false information to law enforcement and making a false report of a crime. He was being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail after being booked in what looks like his Papa John’s uniform.
In Rockford, Ill., a man entered a KFC restaurant at 1502 Kilburn Ave. through a side door at about 5 p.m. yesterday, then stood by one of the cash registers, unnoticed by employees in the back.
Alerted by a banging noise, one female employee came to the front, where she was confronted by the suspect, who pointed a small black handgun at her.
“The suspect demanded the employee open the register and put the money in a white bag he was carrying,” according to the Register-Star newspaper. But she couldn’t open the register because she didn’t have a key.
Seeing what was happening, the manager pushed an alarm to alert police. The suspect, later described as 6 feet tall, then fled.
* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants in five countries. With that many locations, crimes inevitably will occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.
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