So have you read the saga of the gun-toting pizza delivery guy in Des Moines?
A week ago, William Spiers, 38, was delivering a a pie for Pizza Hut when his would-be customer abruptly turned into an armed robber and reportedly put a gun to Spiers’ head. The bad news for the robber was that Spiers has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and was indeed packing more than just a piping hot pizza.
Spiers disarmed and shot the robber, according to press accounts. The wounded bad guy lived to be arrested for first-degree robbery.
And on Wednesday, State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, threatened to stop ordering from Pizza Hut if the chain fires Spiers. Although he wasn’t breaking any laws by carrying a gun, he was breaking Pizza Hut’s corporate policy.
From the Register story linked above:
“I think what he did was the right thing,” Zaun told fellow senators today. “If was in a situation to protect my family, protect myself, to continue being a father, I would’ve done the same thing.”
Personally, I have mixed feelings about gun-toting delivery men.
I understand why a delivery guy would want protection. Just Google ‘pizza delivery robbery’ and you’ll get a long string of scary stories stretching from Spingdale, Ark., to Columbia, Mo., The Enterprise newspaper in Beaumont, Texas, carried a story about a woman who “brandished a weapon” after furniture delivery men refused to take of their shoes as they entered her home.
Delivery drivers are vulnerable to violence. And I think they have a right to take legal steps to protect themselves. Gun ownership is as American as pizza delivery, as long as you abide by the law.
But I guess I can also understand Pizza Hut’s reluctance to send an lightly-trained, armed force into the nation’s neighborhoods.
I have a buddy who used to deliver pizza in Ames while he was in college. He has lots of stories about students trying to play malicious pranks on him and other delivery drivers. It was mean and frustrating, to be sure. But if you allow drivers to carry heat, do you raise the possibility that a prank or non-violent harassment would end in gunfire?
One thing is certain, if I knew my pizza guy or girl was armed, my tips would become more generous in a big hurry.
What do you think? Do you like your pizza armed or unarmed?