Belgian man has been receiving pizzas he never ordered for almost a decade

‘I start shaking every time I hear a scooter on the street’

Chiara Giordano
Thursday 04 June 2020 17:13 BST
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The thought of a delivery driver dropping off a stack of pizzas unexpectedly may sound like a dream come true to many.

But not for Jean Van Landeghem, who shakes with fear every time he hears a scooter outside his home in the Belgian city of Turnhout.

The 65-year-old says he has been plagued by delivery drivers turning up on his doorstep with pizza he hasn’t ordered at all hours of the day and night for almost a decade.

At first, he put it down to a mix up with the delivery address — but the orders, which reportedly included other fast food such as kebabs, kept turning up, sometimes several times a day.

Mr Van Landeghem’s “pizza terror” came to a head in January last year when 10 separate delivery drivers turned up on the same day, including one with 14 pizzas.

He told Het Laatste Nieuws: “I cannot sleep anymore. I start shaking every time I hear a scooter on the street.

“I dread that someone will come to drop off hot pizzas yet another time.”

Mr Van Landeghem says he has not had to pay for the pizzas because he has always refused the orders, but the situation is frustrating for both him and the restaurants.

A friend of his, living about 20 miles away in Herenthout, has experienced a similar situation for the same amount of time.

The incidents have been reported to the police who, along with the two victims, believe it must be someone they both know.

Mr Van Landeghem says it “will not be their best day” when he eventually finds the culprit. But for now, it remains a mystery.

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