posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 10:43 PM
I'm a manager at a pizza hut location in texas, and I know all about the dangers that delivery drivers face. It's actually a very sensitive
No- drivers (like any other employee of any regular company) are not allowed to carry any kind of weapon on them while at work. What they have in
their car is their own business, but what is on their person while they are on the job is the company's business.
I've been the manager on duty when a few of our driver muggings have occurred. The drivers are always reimbursed, and are required to undergo medical
examination for any injuries they sustain. Therefore, it IS always better to just hand over what the robbers are asking for. I know alot of extremely
paranoid people on this thread have the opinion that these robbers "might just be looking to kill someone". Seriously? Then why would they ask for
the money? Why wouldn't they just shoot the guy? A very low percentage of sociopaths aside, there is always a reason for someone to threaten someone
else. Give that person what they want, and you'll more than likely come out of it okay.
The man who got fired was ONLY fired because the violated company policy, twice- he carried a firearm outside of his vehicle while on the clock, and
he did not follow robbery protocol. If there were no policies that dealt with this specific type of incident, then it would be a "gray" area, and
subject to opinion and discussion. Since there are, however, the driver was well aware of what he was doing.
As for those posts about sending drivers into bad neighborhoods, these people obviously haven't thought about handling those customers who live
there. When someone calls and asks for a delivery, and you deny them because "it's a bad part of town", those people can sue you for libel. It
happened once at our store: an employee refused service based on that reason, and the customer took our area (district?) manager to court. As a
result, we have to keep delivering there without question, because of course, everyone in that neighborhood heard about it.
I'm glad the guy's okay, but I'd call him more lucky than brave. He happened to be quick enough to shoot his attackers before they could shoot him.
And he risked his life for MAYBE $150 (policy states that drivers can only carry change for a $20, for this very reason), when it would be safe to
assume he would have gotten away safely (or maybe only slightly injured, but completely compensated for medical care, time off, and the money he lost)
if he had just given them what they asked for.
Specifics could be offered to determine more about the situation and the demands of the robbers, but from what we know, it just looks like an armed
robbery in which the drivers happened to come out on top.