A prankster pulled a dirty trick on this mom-and-pop pizza shop. But this Army veteran saved the day

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There’s a difference between a joke or prank and actively attempting to cause people harm.

Case in point a prankster recently pulled a dirty trick on this mom-and-pop pizza shop.

But this Army veteran saved the day.

A pizza shop prank call is turned around by an Ohio businessman

A small pizza shop in Maumee, Ohio was the target of a nefarious prank call after a woman put in an order for 16 large pies – eight cheese and eight pepperoni.

The prank caller said they were planning to pick up the order the following day, but never showed up.

PizzAroma manager Rocky Keefer told Houston’s Fox 26 that his pizza shop occasionally caters for events, so he and his workers didn’t think the massive order was too unusual.

Keefer said the woman called back the next day to ask when the pizzas would be ready, and he told her they were being put in the oven.

The order for 16 pizzas came to $112, and Keefer expected the caller to pay for it when they picked it up.

However, as time passed and no one came to pick up the pies, they became old, so the shop had to throw them out.

Not only did the business waste their time and money making the pies, but the prank delayed other customers’ orders in the process.

The pizza shop reportedly traced the caller’s phone number back to an app that lets people make prank calls with a fake number.

“I can’t believe this happened because we took time out to make sure it was done,” Keefer said. “I just don’t understand why people can do that to somebody.”

Fortunately, things turned around for Keefer when a local business owner heard about the prank via social media.

Travis Truesdell, a US Army veteran and owner of True Aerial Signs in Toledo, decided to foot the bill for the pies that were left behind.

He compensated the pizzeria, and even bought additional pizzas for his own employees.

“It just automatically resonated with me,” Truesdell said. “I understand how hard it is sometimes to make ends meet.”

A kind gesture from a fellow businessman

Truesdell noted that “doing the right thing is so easy, and it really makes a difference to other people.”

Keefer said that he hoped faith in humanity was restored thanks to the kind gesture from Truesdell.

“It’s nice that we have other small businesses looking out for us,” Keefer said. “Small businesses looking out for each other and have each other’s backs. It makes me proud.”

PizzAroma says that after the prank call, they have changed their policy.

Now, customers who order 10 or more pizzas must pay for the order upfront either in person or over the phone.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.