02 April 2008

Pizza Hut Getting Heat For Suspending Driver Who Used Gun To Defend His Life

Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2008, 9:24 pm -- The pizza delivery driver has been fired for defending himself against an armed robber who put a gun to his head.

Updated: Friday, April 4, 2008, 1:47 pm -- An update on the Pizza Hut story. Plus, UCLA law prof Eugene Volokh looks at the legalityof firing employees for lawfully carrying a firearm.

Pizza Hut is coming under fire for suspending a delivery driver who used a firearm to defend himself against an armed robber.

He fired multiple shots at his assailant.

"Spiers said it was the first time in 10 years on the job that he’d been a robbery victim.“Anytime you’re involved in delivery, I suppose you’re an easy target,” he said. “But crime is random and it can happen to anybody.

"Spiers, who has a valid handgun permit, said he’s been “pretty much in the dark” about his job since the incident. Vonnie Walbert, vice president of human resources at Pizza Hut’s corporate offices in Dallas, said last week that employees are not allowed to carry guns “because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.”

And . . . Mr. Spiers is getting all kinds of calls of support from the general public for his actions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm for Pizza Hut's freedom to fire the dude, freedom of contract, and employment at will and all.

However, I would also be happy to communicate to Pizza Hut that I will deny myself their cardboard crust and fake cheese should they choose to exercise that right. Idiots.

Pizza Hut delivery people across the country should wear empty holsters for a day a la the campus protest.