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Outrage Of The Week: "Safest for everybody?" Pizza Hut punishes employee for defending himself

Friday, April 04, 2008

“The incident wasn’t something quick and simple. ... It was a long ordeal…my life was, without a doubt, in danger.”

On the night of March 27, 2008, Pizza Hut deliveryman James Spiers of Des Moines, Iowa was delivering pizzas--just as he had many times before over the past 10 years. He walked into an apartment complex thinking he was making another routine delivery, but found himself in a battle for his life: he had been set up by a “customer” who had lured him into the complex by pretending to order the pizza over the phone, but who had an armed accomplice waiting in ambush.

Spiers soon found himself trapped in a hallway with a gun to his head, his assailant demanding money. “Without a doubt,” he said, “my life was in extreme danger.”

The thug (who, not surprisingly, has a long list of prior arrests) thought he had the upper hand. Fortunately, Mr. Spiers has a valid concealed carry permit, and was carrying a pistol for personal protection at the time of the attack. He struggled with his attacker and managed to draw his own firearm. He shot the assailant, who fled the scene but was later arrested after he sought medical treatment.

Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story. As a result of his actions, Mr. Spiers, a single father trying to make an honest living, was suspended from his job by his employer, Pizza Hut. That’s right. A man who, as a result of doing his job, was forced into a life-threatening situation, defended himself, and whose actions helped take a career criminal off the street, was deprived of his livelihood. Pizza Hut suspended James Spiers for defending his life.

Vonnie Walbert, vice president of human resources at Pizza Hut, said, “We have a policy against carrying weapons. We prohibit employees from carrying guns because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.”

“Safest for everybody?” This inane policy certainly makes things safer for criminals, like the one who attacked Spiers. But it does nothing to aid the safety of Pizza Hut’s employees. Every night, hardworking deliverymen and women must do their job in potentially dangerous areas. In fact, their jobs are statistically among the most dangerous in the nation. Yet Pizza Hut would deprive them of self-protection.

Thankfully, people are taking notice. Spiers has said that he has been “overwhelmed by support from people who cheered what happened,” including Iowa state senator Brad Zaun (R-32), who noted, “If I was in a situation to protect my family, protect myself, to continue being a father, I would’ve done the same thing. What I want everybody to know…is that there [are] people out there supporting this man and his right to defend himself. I’m going to be watching Pizza Hut.”

To voice your outrage over Pizza Hut’s disciplinary decision, please contact the Corporate Offices by phone at (800) 948-8488, or by e-mail at this webpage: http://www.pizzahut.com/contactus/Conta ... px?l1=2024.

This corporate policy is outrageous.



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sheepdog says:I sure won't be putting any deliverymen in danger...they'll never see a penny from me again.....what idiots...the man deserves a medal!!!
 

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I got that in my e-mail this morning. How can a company be so cold and callus towards those that are making money for them?..... :evil:
 

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I sent the Hut an e-mail and said I was not going back until I heard they had done their employee better. If the concealed carry is so dangerous why are almost every one of the states allowing it??
 

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My Question on this type of issue is, if we boycott P. Hut (Owned by Pepsico) then where do we stop? We'll have to stop buying Pepsi products, KFC, Taco Bell & all the others (can't recall them all) produced by the Pepsi Nazis. Oh yea, Wallyworld has asked its customers not to carry in there stores & Target won't let the Salvation Army set-up at their stores. The list goes on & on, pretty soon we'll go broke driving all over hell & back trying to find somewhere to shop.
 

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I did the email thing voicing my objection. I also read this week about McDonald's putting up a heck of a lot of money in support of the gay community. Sometimes I don't recognize this world anymore. sigh
 

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Wallyworld posted in Tx. in the beginning....then took them down....they can "ask" till Hell freezes over...they gotta post...when they do...my dollar don't go there....I've got my gripes with the Salvation Army, so that's not an issue I'll fight for...yeah, the list does grow long.....because we don't unite and make a BIG noise that we won't stand for it...the ONLY thing business respects is the bottom line...if we'll hit that...they'll flip flop and be giving us free magazines and ammo for shopping with them...trouble with Americans, we're big on grumble and slow on action....shame on us!!!

I thought Big Macs tasted a little funny last time I had one....never again..........
 

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Deadeye said:
My Question on this type of issue is, if we boycott P. Hut (Owned by Pepsico) then where do we stop? We'll have to stop buying Pepsi products, KFC, Taco Bell & all the others (can't recall them all) produced by the Pepsi Nazis. Oh yea, Wallyworld has asked its customers not to carry in there stores & Target won't let the Salvation Army set-up at their stores. The list goes on & on, pretty soon we'll go broke driving all over hell & back trying to find somewhere to shop.
Sheepdog is right Deadeye. The bottom line is the only voice that your Nazi's seem to hear.
 

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well, if enough people let it be known that their dollars are going to pizza inn or dominos instead of the hut, perhaps they will pay attention since they only care about dollars.
 

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deputy125 said:
well, if enough people let it be known that their dollars are going to pizza inn or dominos instead of the hut, perhaps they will pay attention since they only care about dollars.
True enough, or even patronizing your own local mom & pop pizza shop. Some of them have far better food than anything Pizza Hut could hope to offer up.
 

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I use the little place on Main st. It's called Famous Pizza. I don't think it's really all that famous, but the food's good. :)
 

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I just don't get it. Why would you not want employees to protect themselves? You would think they would want the reputation that you shouldn’t mess with their drivers, as they could be armed.

It's counterintuitive, even if money is the deciding factor. Sounds like somebody at the top is a moon bat.
 

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I think the problem is that these corperations are afraid that things will go bad and then they will end up on the wrong side of a civil suit. They figure it's cheaper to have a driver killed than be held responsible for a by stander being killed by their driver.
 

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But aren't they worried that the family of a driver that gets hurt or killed will sue them for something? People come up with stranger law suits everyday for a lot less cause.
 

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I agree. There are very few things that won't result in a law suit these days. Most places don't allow their employees to CCW. I guess ther is liability if their employee accidentally kills someone, but if their employee gets killed, it's chalked up to [email protected] happens and they can't be held liable. Of course this is speculation on my part. I don't know for sure.
 
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