In June 2018 Kayla Speer took to Twitter to make a confession about one of her past relationships – and her revelation has since gone viral. “I feel like I need to share my @jimmyjohns experience,” the youngster wrote ominously before launching into a stream of tweets that relayed her shocking story. At the time the Iowa native, 23, had been dating her college student beau for a matter of months.
Speer’s relationship was long-distance, as her partner lived a few hours away from her due to his college studies. Assuming that her boyfriend was hard at work revising for his exams, Speer wanted to give him a treat. The doting girlfriend decided to order him a Jimmy John’s sandwich, which she arranged to be delivered to his house.
“I was at work one evening and thought I would do something nice for my bf and order him @jimmyjohns for dinner while he was studying for finals,” the West Burlington resident recalled via social media. Speer explained the couple’s long-distance set-up while she was making her order with the sandwich chain. She wanted to let the Jimmy John’s employee know that she couldn’t be there to sign for the delivery.
Speer tweeted, “I let them know that this was for my boyfriend who lived in that city and that I wouldn’t be present when the food was delivered since I’m 3 hours away. I also asked if it was okay for him to sign for me. The order was placed & my bf had texted me a little bit before letting me know he was going to take a nap.”
Deciding to reveal that a gourmet sandwich was winging its way to him, Speer texted her sweetheart and encouraged him to give the delivery driver a tip. “I didn’t hear back from him for a bit, but I just assumed he was sleeping,” she explained. And it wasn’t too long before Speer received a response from her partner saying thank you.
But very shortly after that text message arrived, Speer was called by a Jimmy John’s employee. She decided to answer, thinking that there might have been a problem processing her payment or that it was just a courtesy call. “But I was dead wrong,” Speer revealed.
It turns out that the delivery man had in fact caught Speer’s boyfriend in the act – and the takeaway driver was calling to tell her just that. Speer wrote, “They @jimmyjohns delivery driver asked me if this order was for my bf and I said yes it was and that I didn’t live in the same city as him and that I was surprising him. I thought that was odd because I told them originally that the order was for my bf.”
“Look, we don’t usually do this,” the Jimmy John’s employee then told Speer. “But I think you would like to know, when we walked up to the door to your boyfriend’s place we were able to see into his apartment. He was in his boxers with a naked woman on top of him on the couch.”
Feeling “extremely upset and confused,” Speer quizzed the good Samaritan to find out more details about what he’d seen. Unfortunately, all of the man’s “gracious” answers just served to confirm Speer’s worst suspicions. “So that’s how I found out my boyfriend was cheating on me,” she tweeted. “By the Jimmy John’s delivery guy.”
And despite the emotionally scarring experience, Speer was nonetheless pleased that the driver had informed her about the whole debacle. She concluded her surprising Twitter tale by thanking Jimmy John’s for their “incredible” customer service. “Not many would do what that delivery driver did, and I’m very grateful he called me and was honest about the situation,” Speer wrote.
Speer’s Twitter stream, detailing step by step her experience of being two-timed, subsequently garnered thousands of likes, retweets and comments. And plenty of social media users praised the courageous delivery driver. One wrote, “Give the man a raise! Not all heroes wear capes!”
Others chimed in to slam Speer’s unfaithful partner. For instance, one appalled Twitter user wrote, “Please tell me the sandwich wasn’t delivered… this dude does NOT deserve JJs.” Another added, “He needs to reimburse you for the sub at least!”
Speer later opened up about the debacle to INSIDER, explaining how hurt she was by the affair. “I fully trusted my ex and believed he was a good guy,” she said. And when Speer went on to challenge her partner about what had happened, he refused to own up to his actions. Somewhat unsurprisingly, their relationship has since ended.
Speer told BuzzFeed News about how that conversation with her then-boyfriend went down. “I was like, ‘Jimmy John’s just told me the situation,’” she recalled. “And he tried to make up a lie, saying, ‘It wasn’t me.’ But it was.”
Speer dumped the cheater just days later. In contrast, though, her relationship with Jimmy John’s has gone from strength to strength. When the gourmet sub company heard about the split, they reached out to the Iowa State alum and offered to cater her break-up party.
Jimmy John’s tweeted, “Kayla, I’d love to cater your break-up party! Let me know when and where! Please DM me your address and contact info and I’ll make it happen!”
And it seems that Jimmy John’s made good on its promise. Because in July 2018 Kayla shared a series of Instagram snaps from her break-up bash. Gathered in a garden with a group of friends, she brandished a sign that read, “Jimmy John’s is my new boyfriend”.
In the caption, Speer gushed, “Best break-up party ever. Thank you to @jimmyjohns for the awesome sandwiches! And thank you to my amazing group of friends for attending. You made this night so special.”
The singleton’s images racked up more than 200 likes, while her Instagram followers flooded the comments section. “Nice,” one wrote. “Awesome way of getting over someone.” Meanwhile, another added, “Wow! That was super nice of Jimmy John’s to cater your break-up party. You are a very brave strong woman and I congratulate you for that. Best wishes on the next chapter of your life.”
However, the delivery driver who broke the scandal in the first place never came forward. He didn’t attend the break-up bash and Speer doesn’t even know who he is. But, Speer told BuzzFeed, she wishes she could “thank him again” for making a tough call in an awkward situation.