A grocery delivery driver says she found herself living in her customer’s home for several days after her car became stuck in the snow during a storm in Texas.
32-year-old Chelsea Timmons says she usually drives 3-hours from her home in Houston to Austin, Texas several times a week to drop off groceries to customers in that area, however, last Sunday was a day she would never forget.
Timmons says she noticed during her finally delivery of the day, it began to snow pretty harshly but decided to complete this final delivery because the delivery was already two days late.
Timmons was able to make to the delivery address, however, when she got to the customer’s driveway, that’s when the trouble began:
“I was going down very slowly, remembering to tap my brake,” Timmons said. ” I tapped more aggressively and it just still kept sliding. My heart just dropped as I just slide right towards their house and I just closed my eyes and just prayed that I did not hit these people’s home, that I did not damage my car. I just knew- definitely knew- if I hit their home, that was my tip.”
Thankfully the car drove into the homeowner’s flowerbed leaving Timmons unharmed, but the car unfortunately became stuck.
Timmons says she eventually texted the couple to let them know she had arrived but that her vehicle was stuck in their flowerbed.
Homeowners Doug Condon and Nina Richardson went outside to check on Timmons and to help her get her vehicle up their steep driveway but it was no use.
Timmons then decided to call AAA and planned to wait inside of her car, but Condon and Richardson invited her inside their home.
“They invited me inside and of course, at that point, I was feeling very awkward coming into a stranger’s home. But they were super kind,” Timmons said. ” When they invited me in I sat with my mask in their kitchen for about two hours.”
Thankfully the customer’s invited Timmons inside because Timmons’ wait for AAA would end up being five days longer than expected due to winter storms over Texas.
Timmons ended up spending Sunday through Friday with the customers and says she is extremely grateful for their hospitality:
“I’m extremely fortunate that this is where my car crashed,” Timmons told CNN. “It was in their flower bed. It wasn’t in a ditch. It wasn’t on the side of the road… I was stuck someplace safe and warm.”
Richardson and Condon say they didn’t even hesitate, taking Timmons in was the right thing to do :
” As soon as we found out that AAA couldn’t come and the conditions were getting worse, it seemed silly to even imagine that she would go to a hotel,: Richardson said. ” It didn’t even occur to us.
The couple also said that they hope that if our daughters were in a situation similar to Chelsea, that there would be someone that would treat them like they treated Chelsea, “I don’t think we even thought twice about it. ”
Timmons was able to make it to her home in Houston on Friday once the weather let up.
Timmons and the couple have decided to stay in touch and Timmons even baked them a coconut cake to thank them!