It was nearly pack-up time as the clock struck 10.45 pm. Everything seemed like just another weekday night at Domino’s Pizza Outlet, Zirakpur, near Chandigarh. That is when a customer walked in and informed the two pizza-delivery boys that there was a kid just outside their outlet, who had been dropped off by a Duster (vehicle).
Surender and Harpreet immediately rushed outside and found the boy crying on the dark road. They were about to close down the shop but seeing the helpless child, they decided to take things in their own hands and get the child home, safe and sound.
They did what everyone of us would have. Surender and Harpreet asked the people in and around the outlet about the kid. They were hoping that some relative or family friend might have been looking for him. But it was to no avail. Suddenly, one of them noticed that boy had a bank passbook in his hand. They held on to this discovery and retrieved the contact details of the boy’s father.
Apparently, even this wasn’t helpful, as nobody answered the phone when they tried contacting the boy’s parents. That’s when they had a brilliant idea. While anyone else would have had returned the kid to the nearest police station, they put in the father’s phone number into their company’s database to check if they had ever ordered from Domino’s.
Harpreet and Surender soon found out that a family had ordered from them from Domino’s outlet from Sector 20, Panchkula. Even though the kid was safe and there were no physical harm done, they sensed there was something odd about the fact that a kid from such a far-off place was doing outside their outlet at such an odd hour. Putting two and two together, they assumed the family lives near Sector-20 and went on to take the kid to that Panchkula area.
When the two guys, along with the kid, reached the Sector-20 police station, they realized their job was done as soon as they saw the parents of the kid were already present there. It took them 35 minutes to reunite a lost boy with his parents because of their efforts and presence of mind.
Once the kid was reunited with his parents, they went through the timeline of what happened. The family (son, mother, and father) had gone to grab some ice cream, when an assailant got into the car and had the mother at gunpoint. The engine of the SUV was in ignition so the youth simply drove off in a matter of seconds. It wasn’t clear if his intention was to kidnap the kid. But as soon as he found out the kid in the backseat, the driver dropped him off at the Domino’s outlet, where Surender and Harpreet were working.
Harpreet say that ever since the incident they have been showered with congratulatory messages and praises for their composure in adversity and their quick-wittedness. Not just their own company, but even the cops are praising their level-headed approach to the situation. They are our everyday heros who do not wear a cape.