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Pizza Order Mix-Up Turns School Lunch Into Slice Of Heaven

Sun., Oct. 26, 1997

Would you like a box for that?

A school’s order for 400 slices of pizza Friday was mistakenly translated into an order for 400 pizzas - at 10 slices a pie.

When the third wave of pizzas arrived at Crystal River High School, school officials realized there was something amiss. The pizza onslaught was stopped at 233 pies from Hungry Howie’s.

Shirley Poe, school district food service director, had put the order in on Thursday because kitchen equipment was being moved to a new cafeteria.

“Shirley Poe was talking servings and I was talking pizzas. I don’t talk in servings,” Hungry Howie’s owner David Amen said.

Although there was pie aplenty, it didn’t go to waste. Some extras were sent to nearby middle and primary schools; others were sold to high school staff and football players to serve as dinner before the game.

“It was perfect for the kids,” Poe said. “The kids got fed - abundantly.”


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