When a regular customer at a Domino's in Salem, Oregon, hadn't called in an order in more than a week, employees sent a driver to check in on him. That decision appears to have saved the man's life.
Kirk Alexander, 48, had been ordering food from the northeast Salem location almost every day for more than seven years, according to Statesman Journal.
Sarah Fuller, the store's general manager, said she and her employees were concerned when they realized they hadn’t heard from Alexander in 11 days.
"He orders every day, every other day," she told KOIN. "His order pops up on the screen because he orders online. So we see it come across the screen and we're like, 'Oh, Kirk's order.'"
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"We saw the last order was 11 days ago," she continued. "We knew something wasn't [right], that wasn't normal at all."
Restaurant employees knew Alexander suffered from health issues, so they tried calling him on the phone when they hadn't heard from him in days. The call went directly to voicemail, heightening their concern.
"It was about 1 a.m. Sunday morning, and we weren't terribly busy," Fuller told the Statesman Journal. "So I asked one of our regular drivers who knew Alexander to stop by the customer's home on Penticton Circle NE and check it out. We all know Kirk and he only lives about 6 minutes from our store, so the whole team was concerned."
When Alexander failed to answer his door, the driver was told to call 911.
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When authorities arrived at the house, sheriff's deputies could hear a man calling for help, according to the Statesman Journal. They entered the residence and found Alexander lying on the floor, immobilized.
"It's crazy," Fuller told KOIN. "It wasn't what I was really expecting would happen at all."
She said she and a few employees paid a visit to Alexander in the hospital. It is not clear what Alexander's illness was, but Salem Health spokesman Mark Glyzewski said he was in fair condition, according to Statesman Journal.
"I think we were just doing our job, checking in on someone we know who orders a lot," Fuller said. "We felt like we needed to do something."