No word from Domino’s yet as to whether this driver’s employment will be terminated for violation of their company’s policy.
This driver carried a gun for obvious reasons. Pizza delivery drivers are prime targets for burglaries because of the amount of cash that they carry and the fact that many pizza chains and franchises have an explicit anti-firearm policy for their workers. They’d rather have a dead employee than risk any liability issues dealing with a dead or injured criminal or innocent bystander caught in the crossfire. From NBC Miami:
A Hollywood [Florida] pizza delivery worker fought back against a pair of would-be robbers, shooting and killing one of them overnight Wednesday, police say.
Hollywood Police are investigating the shooting which happened just after midnight outside a Domino’s Pizza located at 5737 Hollywood Boulevard.
According to police, the delivery worker, identified as Slayde Henry, was returning from a few deliveries when two suspects approached him and attempted to rob him.
Henry was armed, and pulled out a gun and shot at the suspects. One was killed, while the other got away and remains on the loose.
“The suspect was wearing dark clothing and we are actively investigating the case,” said Meredith Elrich of the Hollywood Police Department.
Witnesses told NBC 6 that they saw Henry shoot at the men six times.
Police have identified the suspect who died as Aldaberto Hernandez. The second robber who took off on foot has not been identified.
A Domino’s spokesman said the company is fully cooperating with authorities but can’t comment because there is an active police investigation.
“He’s fine but right now I don’t have anything from corporate telling me to talk to you guys,” an employee said.
In this case, the employee broke the rules and carried a gun anyway, because he valued his life more than his job. He knew that the worst that could come of defending himself from a criminal is that he would lose his job. In the grand scheme of things, losing your job isn’t that big of a deal compared with losing your life, especially when you could have prevented it.