Chick-fil-A employees across the state of Florida helped a couple locate their 16-year-old daughter after she ran away with an older man she met online.
Steve and Tammy Harp of Jacksonville found a note their teen daughter Kaitlyn left on Tuesday that said she was running away with 19-year-old Daniel Bridgeman, according to First Coast News.
When the couple found an Instagram picture of Bridgeman wearing a Chick-fil-A uniform shirt, they traveled to the restaurant near Jacksonville International Airport to ask if he worked there. No one there had seen Kaitlyn or knew Bridgeman, but managers helped the Harps get in touch with a store at Yulee. They emailed the store pictures of Bridgeman.
The manager of the Yulee franchise posted the picture to Facebook so hundreds of Chick-fil-A operators could see the image.
Two hours later, Chick-fil-A manager Elio Florin in Winter Haven recognized the employee. Florin picked up the girl and drove her 200 miles back to her home.
“Tears were shed in our driveway this morning," Tammy Harp said. "[Florin] could not go to bed without resting, knowing that she was home safe."
"We can't thank them enough, we can't thank them enough. They went the extra mile, above their call of duty getting involved," she added.
Bridgeman reportedly picked up Kaitlyn from her home in the middle of the night. He road to Jacksonville with Florin and Kaitlyn.
He was not charged with a crime, but he was given a stern lecture by Jacksonville Sheriff’s officers.