If we didn’t already have enough reasons to love Chick-fil-A, we now have a new reason. According to USA Today, Chick-fil-A workers across the state of Florida are being credited with helping in the search and return of a runaway. Kaitlyn Harp, 16, left a note for her parents on Tuesday telling them she had run away with her 19 year old boyfriend that she had met on the internet. The only thing her parents had to go off of was a picture posted to Kaitlyn’s Instagram page showing her hugging her boyfriend, Daniel Bridgeman, who was wearing a Chick-fil-A uniform.
The Harp’s went to a local Chick-fil-A in Jacksonville, Florida where they asked the employees if they had seen the two, the employees had not, but put her in touch with the manager of a store in Yulee, Florida. The Yulee Chick-fil-A manager, Lita Fanin, then asked the Harp’s for the picture of their daughter with her boyfriend, which she posted on a Facebook page for Chick-fil-A operators. According to the USA Today article,
Within two hours, a Chick-fil-A manager in Winter Haven, Fla., recognized the employee, called the parents and told his worker to have the girl call home. Then Elio Florin, the manager, drove the girl about 200 miles back home to Jacksonville from Winter Haven, arriving at 1:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.
The Harps were extremely grateful to all the Chick-fil-A employees for their help, but especially to manager Lita Fanin who had posted the picture on the Chick-fil-A operators Facebook page saying, “She could have just wiped it away, ‘Aw, no big deal,’ but she put it upon herself, being a mother, said ‘I have to get involved”.
Kaitlyn Harp’s boyfriend, Daniel Bridgeman, did not face criminal charges, but received a stern warning from the Police regarding his involvement in Kaitlyn’s choice to run away.