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A Republican state lawmaker called on Iowans Friday to boycott Pizza Hut restaurants after the company fired a Des Moines delivery driver who shot an armed robber last month.
"You tell me any Iowan that was in his situation, that had a gun put to his head, how they would've reacted differently," state Sen. Brad Zaun of Urbandale said. "I think it's the wrong decision by Pizza Hut and I will not be buying any more Pizza Hut products."
James William Spiers III, 38, fired multiple shots at a man who accosted him March 27 and demanded money at the Sutton Hill Apartments, 2100 S.E. King Ave.
Spiers said Pizza Hut officials asked for his resignation in exchange for at least two months' pay and counseling.
"I was terminated, but they're not going to kick me to the curb," he said Friday. "When they terminated me, I had asked if they could provide me with counseling. That's all I asked for."
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
I've already written to the management of local Pizza Huts and told them I am upset about this and that they wouldn't be getting any of my business until they reversed their policies.
How can anyone be expected to make deliveries in some of these neighborhoods unarmed? I always figured every deliver person was armed as a matter of course until here in New Haven we had a rash of delivery guys getting beaten and robbed.
I sure as hell wouldn't be walking up to a strange building at 1AM in a crappy neighborhood unarmed. Only a moron or suicidal would.
Originally posted by _Phoenix_
That's why I feel sorry for pizza delivery guys in the uk, they have nothing to defend themselves, and people like to target them.
[edit on 23-4-2008 by _Phoenix_]
Originally posted by 3vilscript
I also wonder if Pizza Hut has policies regarding firearms. Do they prohibit their delivery boys from carrying them while they work.