For the past nine years Antwerp resident Jean Van Landeghem has been receiving regular pizza deliveries – sometimes as many as 14 in one day.
Which might sound great – but Jean has never ordered a pizza. He says he only buys chilled pizzas from his local Aldi.
The 65-year-old explained that nine years ago his doorbell rang: “Suddenly, a pizza delivery man handed me a whole load of pizzas – but I hadn’t ordered anything.”
He assumed it was a simple delivery mixup at first, he told Het Laatste Nieuws, but from that day to this, the torrent of takeaways hasn’t stopped.
He says that the deliveries come from a wide variety of nearby fast food outlets.
“It can be on a weekday or during weekends, and at any time of day… I have even had orders delivered to me at 2:00 am!”
On one particular day in in January 2019, 10 different delivery men showed up at his house.
One of them, incredibly, was carrying 14 pizzas.
Jean says the non-stop pizzas are running his life: “I cannot sleep anymore. I start shaking every time I hear a scooter on the street. I live in fear that someone will come to drop off hot pizzas yet again”
He says that he always turns the delivery drivers away, so he isn’t being charged for the nuisance deliveries.
But, he says, apart from the constant irritation he knows that the takeaways are wasting money on all these unwanted pizzas and kebabs.
“It costs them money and they have to throw the food away. On the day that 10 deliveries showed up, I did the maths: it cost €450,” Jean said.
Perhaps the most incredible part of Jean’s story is that he’s not alone.
A friend of his who lives in another Flanders town about 15 miles away is also a victim of the phantom pizzas: “Sometimes we both get them on the same day. When that happens, we warn each other to expect a delivery.”
Jean theorises that the prankster must be someone that they both know.
In desperation he contacted the police, but they’ve been unable to help.
Sooner or later, Jean says, he will track down the culprit. And when he does, he warns: “it will not be their best day.”