The increasing high risk of robbery and injury for pizza delivery drivers across the United States has prompted two popular pizza chains to allow their franchisee's to impose their own restrictions on deliveries in high crime areas. After a week where one Domino's delivery employee was robbed and a Papa John's delivery employee killed, spokesmen from both companies said that they will allow their local franchise owners to decide on a case-by-case basis whether a particular delivery address is unsafe or not.
Claude Brake had worked for
Papa John's in Memphis, Tennessee for six years before he was killed
making a delivery in an area that was not determined to be a restricted
or particularly dangerous zone. The Papa John's store he worked at was
closed for a day as grief counselors were made available for the
remaining employees. In the second incident, the suspect who robbed the
Domino's employee in Olive Branch, Mississippi is still at large, as is
Domino's spokesman, Tim McIntyre said, "Our
hearts go out to the victim of this, and to his family and to the
employees that he worked with," and added that local Domino's franchise
owners can look for things like street lighting and whether or not an
apartment complex has multiple exits to determine when a certain
delivery might be unsafe. Local franchise owners were also encouraged to
work with law enforcement in their areas to review the incidence of
crime statistics for a particular area, street or building.
"no delivery zones" will be decided on a case-by-case basis and some
areas will be designated for no deliveries at all or deliveries only
during daylight hours when a delivery address has been deemed unsafe.
Noting that it was a bit unfair that some areas will be denied pizza
deliveries, McIntyre said that if people can't get delivery because they
live in a restricted zone, it is because they are also the victims of
the high crime rates in their own respective neighborhoods.