A pizza delivery driver is obviously a prime target for criminals because of all the cash he or she carries. And they drive around at nighttime when criminals are most active. That pizza deliverers are disarmed as a condition of employment just makes the situation that much worse. Criminals depend on and expect their victims to be defenseless. They operate best in gun-free zones where citizens aren’t allowed to protect themselves with any kind of weapon.
But every now and then, an employee breaks the rules and carries a gun anyway, because he values his life more than his job. He knows that the worst that could come of defending himself from an armed 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.
As for this particular pizza driver’s occupational fate, it remains unclear. The Daily Caller reported:
A Papa John’s pizza delivery driver in Georgia is worried she will lose her job after she shot an armed robber in self-defense Sunday night.
The employee was making a delivery in Decatur when she says she was ambushed by a man wielding a gun.
“She arrived at the location and a male began approaching the vehicle she thought was there to pick up the pizza,” DeKalb County Police Department Capt. Stephen Fore said, according to WSBTV. “When he got to her he produced a handgun and forced her out of the vehicle and on to the ground.”
But the woman, who has not been identified, had a gun in her pocket and was able to reach it while on the ground. From there, she was able to shoot her assailant, hitting him in the face.
The man, identified as 24-year-old Donquaz Stevenson, was arrested after being found in a nearby yard.
“She had no other choice,” Fore told WSBTV of the delivery driver. “She must have been in fear for her life and she reacted.”
Though the gun possibly saved the woman’s life, she is worried that she will lose her job because she was carrying a gun while on the clock, her mother told reporters.
According to numerous past reports, Papa John’s is one of many pizza delivery chains which prohibits employees — including delivery drivers — from carrying firearms, even for protection.
That despite food delivery being among the riskiest occupations, due to the cash workers carry with them.
Some companies have sought to protect employees from being targeted by limiting how much money they are allowed to carry at any given time.
While information on the company’s gun policy is limited, a Papa John’s franchisee in Houston posted its employee handbook online which instructs employees, “Never carry any kind of weapon on your person or in your vehicle.”
Reached by phone Tuesday, the manager at the Decatur store where the woman works said that she could not comment on the incident or on the woman’s job status. She also refused to answer questions about the company’s policy pertaining to delivery drivers carrying firearms and hung up on The Daily Caller.
I hope they’ll be able to use some common sense in this case and see that without her gun, the delivery driver would have been in danger of losing her life. She was in danger of losing her life even with her gun, but at least she had a chance to defend herself.