Pizza Hut delivery man defends self with gun, Pizza Hut Corp. shoots self in foot
The news wires are hot with the story of a delivery man for Pizza Hut in Des Moines who successfully defended himself with a handgun during a robbery attempt while making a delivery. As it turns out the delivery man had a concealed carry permit and was carrying the weapon legally.
Well, legal in the law sense. But apparently not legal in the Pizza Hut Corporate sense. He has been suspended from his job at Pizza Hut and it is doubtful if he will get his job back.
Vonnie Walbert, vice president of human resources at Pizza Hut's corporate offices in Dallas, made a statement that "as per company policy Pizza Hut delivery personnel are to remain stripped of any effective means of defense and that from this point forward it needs to be widely known that they are all to be considered extremely soft targets. Especially the women drivers."
Okay.....what she actually said was "employees are not allowed to carry guns 'because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.'" Which is the same thing.
Certainly it is Pizza Hut's right as an employer to make helpless their drivers before sending them into really crappy neighborhoods...at night...with cash...over and over and over again, but it needs to be said here that just because Pizza Hut believes that it is safest for everybody when their drivers are disarmed, that doesn't make it so. The driver had a valid CHL which means that statistically he was far less likely to commit any sort of crime than is the general population.
And then there is this guy over at Pajamas Media, who wrote:
But as a Des Moines resident - who like many people across the country frequently exercises my God-given right to order pizza and have it delivered to my door at any hour by a stranger - this is where I start to get almost as wary of the delivery guy as I am of the alleged assailant. They've both got guns, and neither is afraid to use them.
.....wondering whether the pizza delivery guy trotting up my walk is packing heat along with my pepperoni isn't likely to do my appetite any favors.
It is a weird world out there. The vast majority of the times you go to answer your door it involves no danger. But sometimes.....well...you've read the papers. Attacks, assaults, rape, home invasions, etc. It does happen.
Now with that in mind, what if Pizza Hut announced a new company policy stating that, henceforth, all of their drivers before showing up on your doorstep and getting you to open your door to them, had to pass a background check that confirmed the following:
- The driver had never been convicted of a felony.
- The driver must not be currently charged with the commission of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or an offense under Texas Penal Code, §42.01, or of a felony under an information or indictment.
- The driver must not be a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor.
- The driver must not be chemically dependent.
- The driver must not, in the five years preceding the date of application, have been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or an offense under Texas Penal Code.
- The driver must not be currently restricted by or subject to a court order that restrains the applicant from injuring, harassing, stalking, or threatening the applicant's spouse or intimate partner, or the child of the applicant, the applicant's spouse, or intimate partner.
- The driver must not, in the 10 years preceding the date of application, have been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a penal law of the grade of felony.
- The driver has submitted a full set of fingerprints to both the state and the FBI in order that a full background check be done.
Now who wouldn't feel better about their spouse or teen-aged daughter opening the front door to a guy who has met all of those requirements? I know I would.
And if she is opening that front door to someone who has a valid concealed carry permit that is exactly what she is doing.
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