A Pizza Hut deliverer fired shots at an armed robber who threatened his life, wounding him and leading to the criminal’s capture by police. What kind of reward did James Spiers get for his self-defense? Unemployment:
A Des Moines pizza driver who was suspended from his job after he shot an armed robber said today he has been overwhelmed by support from people who cheered what happened.
“But no one had contacted me directly about a job offer,” said James William Spiers III, 38, who was sent home by Pizza Hut managers after he fired multiple shots at a man who put a gun to his head Thursday and demanded money …
Spiers, who has a valid handgun permit, said he’s been “pretty much in the dark” about his job since the incident. Vonnie Walbert, vice president of human resources at Pizza Hut’s corporate offices in Dallas, said last week that employees are not allowed to carry guns “because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.”
“I just know that, given what happened, it’s not likely I’ll have a job anyway,” Spiers said. “Right now, I’m just taking some time off, trying to cool things down.”
I believe Pizza Hut has every right to set its employment conditions; I personally think it’s wrong.
If they think Pizza Hut’s corporate image is better served by having their deliverers die on doorsteps around this nation than to have the ability to defend themselves, that’s entirely their decision.
In the past few decades more and more of these companies who routinely put their employees in harms’ way (7-11, pizza companies, food delivery services, etc) have insisted that remaining defenseless is the best defense; a dubious proposition and one that has backfired more than once.
Here’s one story
that ended with two dead deliverers. Here’s another
from earlier this year.
I’m lazy but Google search turns up 574,000 hits for pizza delivery murder including Pittsburgh that had one two years ago that remains unsolved; one from December in Wisconsin, where earlier another deliveryman wound up prosecuted for defending himself; a Chicago woman got murdered in 2006 while delivering pizza. Almost three months ago, another pizza-delivery murder occurred in South Carolina.
I don’t much like Pizza Hut so any threat from me to stop using their products is an empty threat, regardless; I informed them that I would.
All Americans have a legal right to protect themselves. A company that puts its workers in harms’ way while insisting they risk martyrdom over a ten-dollar delivery ain’t one I’m going to support.