Hancock County

Diamondhead pizza driver fuels family adventure

COURTESY KATRINA KINDERKatrina Kinder, left, and her sister Isabella Kinder pause for a quick photo with Diamondhead Domino's Pizza driver Bob Davis on Oct. 8. Davis brought them gas after they ran out on Interstate 10 near Stennis Space Center en route to Biloxi for a vacation.
COURTESY KATRINA KINDERKatrina Kinder, left, and her sister Isabella Kinder pause for a quick photo with Diamondhead Domino's Pizza driver Bob Davis on Oct. 8. Davis brought them gas after they ran out on Interstate 10 near Stennis Space Center en route to Biloxi for a vacation.

HANCOCK COUNTY -- When a family driving to Biloxi found themselves in an emergency, a Domino's delivery driver served up more than just a pizza pie in under 30 minutes. And a photo of his act of kindness has gone viral on Facebook.

Katrina Kinder's family was on Interstate 10 on Oct. 8, going to spend the day in the Gulfport-Biloxi area. Kinder, of Grenada, said her aunt and uncle were in town from Wisconsin and wanted to see the Coast. Kinder's sister, mother and grandmother joined them on the excursion.

Heading east from Louisiana, Kinder noticed the family SUV was very low on fuel.

"We hadn't passed a gas station in a while and my uncle was worrying about the gas," she said. "Then eventually the car just shut off and we coasted to the side of the road."

Kinder said they didn't know what to do. Her uncle spent 40 minutes on the phone with his insurance company, which hadn't yet sent fuel.

Then, Katrina's sister Isabella Kinder suggested they call Domino's and see if they would deliver gas along with a pizza.

The store declined to help at first, so the group considered other options.

Bob Davis, a driver at Domino's of Diamondhead, said Katrina Kinder and her family were well outside their delivery zone, but they originally said they couldn't

help because of the volume of customers they had at the time.

"We had been a little bit busy, so we didn't know if we'd be able to do it," Davis said.

Katrina Kinder called the Mississippi Highway Patrol, but learned troopers couldn't deliver gas. Not long after, Davis called back.

He was delivering an order to a customer on nearby Mississippi 603, so he decided to run gas out to the family.

"We were totally shocked," Katrina Kinder said.

In about 15 minutes, Davis arrived and ran to the vehicle with the gas can. He brought them $3 of gas.

"He saved the day and our trip," Katrina Kinder said. "I think we'll be talking about this for a long time to come."

Davis said the only requests he's ever gotten on delivery trips have been to also make a beer run, so he was happy to assist the traveling family.

"It was somebody who was in need, and I had the opportunity to help them," he said.

Davis said the family tipped him nicely for the delivery.

As of Thursday, a photo Katrina Kinder posted to Facebook of Davis with the gas can had 410 likes and 131 shares.

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