If you’re an avid coffee drinker, chances are you’ve developed a relationship with your barista. That’s exactly what happened with Gary Phillips, a 73-year-old Lisbon, Ohio resident, who formed a caring relationship with the lovely ladies who made his coffee for him every day at Dunkin’ Donuts.
Phillips visited the Lisbon-area DD for his daily fix of vanilla Coolatta with six extra pumps of vanilla beans. Naturally, he developed a relationship with the employees, specifically Megan Schriner (age 18) and Danielle Hastings (age 27). “We all love him to death. He is just a sweet old guy,” said Schriner.
When Phillips stopped coming in, the girls knew something was up. The store had organized an early birthday party for Phillips and was expecting him on March 23. When he stopped coming in that week, Schriner and Hastings decided to do some investigating.
Hastings decided to stop by Phillips’ mobile home to check on him and thankfully she did. After locating an opening window, she was able to call out to Phillips and got a response. He was conscious and told her he fell, was on the floor and could not get up.
She called 911 texted her friend and she came over to help. Paramedics and the fire department arrived and removed the air conditioner so that a petite Schriner could climb in and locate Phillips and open the door for the emergency responders.
She found him in a confused state on the floor and stayed with him until he was transported to the hospital. The Dunkin’ duo visited Philips in the hospital and later at a nearby rehab center.
“I would do that again in a heartbeat for anybody, for any of my customers,” Schriner said.