The case of the mysterious pizza sender
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At first, it sounds like the greatest problem you could ever have: A German lawyer is peeved because someone keeps sending pizzas to him… over 100 in about a two week window. Except for one major issue: Since he never placed these orders in the first place, the lawyer is simply rejecting the food at the door, meaning the only thing getting eaten is the cost of unwanted pies by innocent pizza shops.

The Dortmund-based lawyer, identified as Guido Grolle, first pressed charges against his harasser in January, according to the Associated Press. However, since he isn’t sure who is sending the pies, no one knows who those charges are against. In the interim, the unidentified prankster has gone on to switch his tactics: Yes, he’s still placing unwanted delivery orders, but he’s apparently also moved on from pizza to things like sushi, currywurst, and Greek food.

Beyond the obvious financial issues for the restaurants, Grolle says that all those deliveries have made his life a real headache. He said sometimes the notifications start coming through to his phone early in the morning while he’s in the shower and continue through to his workday. “It's so irritating,” he was quoted as saying. “I don't even get my work done anymore.” Grolle told the German news site Ruhr Nachrichten that he’s resorted to filtering his email and shutting down his work phone to focus on getting things done.

But the biggest mystery that remains is determining the culprit. Seeing as Grolle is a lawyer, a disgruntled former client would seem like the obvious answer. However, Grolle now suspects that whoever is handling this harassment might have set up an automated system to do his bidding. According to the BBC, one morning 15 orders were placed over the course of just 27 minutes—a rate that would represent some pretty fast typing no matter how much your fingers were fueled by revenge. Grolle even suggested that the whole thing might not have anything to do with him: The building he works in has a number of legal professionals; maybe he’s just getting targeted to mess with someone else.

Assuming the enraged orderer is eventually caught, reports suggest that the criminal could receive up to three years in jail for stalking or be formally charged with harassment for ordering goods for someone else by using their personal data. On the day that happens, maybe Grolle will finally treat himself to one of those pizzas.