We all know that being a cop is a dangerous job. They encounter armed suspects and sometimes find themselves in the middle of a shootout.
As risky as it is being a cop, their job may not actually be as dangerous as being a food delivery driver. And what’s worse, these delivery drivers are often barred from carrying any kind of weapon. At least cops are afforded the right to self-defense.
Armed robbers know that most pizza delivery drivers aren’t going to be packing heat. But every now and then, they encounter a rule-breaker:
It happened Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, when police say the driver was out delivering and two men confronted him with a gun and demanded money. But the driver wasn’t about to let the would-be robbers make him a victim, so he pulled out his own gun and shot one of them, WJAX-TV reported.
Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre told TheBlaze that while the company prefers that drivers do not carry weapons Florida state law supersedes any company’s policy.
“In this case, the employee of the independently owned franchise has a concealed carry permit and was not charged with anything. We’re simply grateful that he was unharmed,” McIntyre said.
Crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson told WJAX-TV that the incident was an act of self-defense and that the delivery driver was totally in the right to protect himself with the gun he had.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department said the suspect who was shot was in serious condition. It was not clear whether the second suspect, who was not shot, was arrested.
Liberals will likely respond that the driver should have abided by the company’s preferences and left his gun at home. And then when he was confronted by the two armed robbers, he should have just complied and given them whatever they asked for. They wouldn’t have killed him. They just wanted his cash.
But see, you can’t ever be sure what criminals will do in these situations, especially when they’re pointing a gun in your face and making demands. Maybe they did only want the cash. But maybe they wanted the cash and then to kill the driver so that there would be no witnesses to the crime.
Earlier this year, the Daily Caller had reported:
For the second time in six months, a Domino’s pizza delivery driver in New Orleans has been fatally shot while on duty.
Though food delivery is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., Domino’s is one of several national pizza delivery chains that has a corporate policy against employees — including delivery drivers — carrying guns while on duty, even for self-defense.
New Orleans police found the driver, 36-year-old Michael Price, dead in his car from multiple gun shots in the city’s high-crime Lower 9th Ward shortly after midnight Tuesday, The Times-Picayune reported.
Price, a married father of three, had warm pizzas in his car and less than $20 on him when he was shot, WVUE reported.
A spokesman for New Orleans police could not tell TheDC whether Price was carrying a gun with him. But it is likely he would not have been if he was following Domino’s company policy and that of franchise owner RPM Pizza.
“The franchise does have a no weapons policy, as does virtually every delivery and restaurant company,” Domino’s corporate spokesman Timothy McIntyre told TheDC.
Saying that “all you have to do is comply with the criminal, and your life will be spared” is quite naïve to say the least. If someone is pointing a gun at you and making demands, and you have the capacity to defend yourself from him, you should fight back.
I’m fine with a company like Domino’s having “preferences” regarding guns and their employees. I’m glad and pleasantly surprised that they didn’t fire this driver for violating their policy. Unfortunately, so many companies today would rather deal with a murdered employee than a dead criminal.