Lisa Stephenson is a waitress at Blue Grab Grill in Newark, Delaware. As a waitress, Lisa sees all types of people come in to the restaurant, but when two teenage girls came in to apply for jobs, she felt that something was off.
Lisa told the Bangor Daily News, "They said they were traveling and their phones and wallets were stolen in New York. I guess that was their story -- they were trying to get money.”
Lisa thought it was strange that these teenagers would come in on a school day looking for a job. Especially curious was the fact that they didn't put down home addresses on their applications.
“Of course, it didn’t add up,” she said.
Lisa then started looking up the teenagers online and discovered a Brunswick mother who was looking for her 16-year-old daughter. The girl had vanished with a 14-year-old friend, taking her mother's car.
Lisa got in contact with the 16-year-old's mother. A few days later, the teenagers were spotted panhandling. Without either of them having a driver's license, the duo managed to drive through New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.
The mother of the older teenager told the Bangor Daily News, “One of the scariest parts for me was that the social worker who found them a place to stay for the night said they were just south of Washington, D.C., and in that area [human] trafficking is huge."
They stopped at Lisa's restaurant to thank her on the way home.
Lisa spoke to the girls directly, “I said, ‘Do you understand why that was putting a target on you? At your age?’. I told them how serious it was, and it seemed to dawn on them the things that could have gone wrong in that scenario.”
Lisa's motherly instinct might come in part due to the fact that she's six months into her pregnancy with her first daughter.
“All I could think about was that in the future, if something were to happen with my daughter, I would want someone to get in contact with me to tell me she was all right, that she was alive and OK,” she said.
Lisa denies she's a hero.
“I don’t feel like a hero,” she told Yahoo Parenting. “I just feel like a normal person who needed to speak up and did. Hopefully more people will speak up when something seems off.”
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H/T: Opposing Views