Another pizza delivery driver returns fire:
A pizza deliveryman told Des Moines police that he shot a man who robbed him at gunpoint when he delivered a pie late Thursday to a south-side address.
The alleged assailant, Kenneth Jimmerson, 19, was taken to Mercy Medical Center in serious condition. He was charged this morning with first-degree robbery and will be taken to Polk County Jail when released from the hospital, police said.
Melanie Stout, 18, the woman who placed the order for the pizzas, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
I'm sure we're all pleased that young Mr. Jimmerson will be OK (erhem), but exponentially more so for the delivery guy, James Spiers, bless his gun-toting heart.
But his employer doesn't see it that way:
Restaurant officials have suspended the Pizza Hut driver, James William Spiers, while the case is under investigation. Polk County officials today confirmed that Spiers holds a valid gun permit, which was renewed in November.
Pizza Hut, eh? I'll have to remember that and go somewhere else. On the other hand, if someone can give me an address, I'll send $100 to Mr. Spiers. Damned good work, all told, and based on a much better understanding of the real world than is this twit's analysis:
Vonnie Walbert, vice president of human resources at Pizza Hut, said:
“We have policy against carrying weapons. We prohibit employees from carrying guns because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.”
Walbert said Pizza Hut trains employees to report such incidences to police.
Um, is an "incidence" different from an "incident"? I'm sure she isn't referring to angles of entry....
But there we have an excellent example of the purpose of pc-speak: To ignore the facts and, using a non-word to grease our way past reality, hope that no one will notice that bad guys have a bad habit of using their guns and that James Spiers had only a moment to consider the rest of his life.
Mr. Spiers calculated as well as a person can when he chose to get his permit, to carry a gun as legally authorized, and to defend himself from an Assault with a Deadly Weapon (and "first-degree" robbery, which probably just means "with a gun"). And, you will note, he handled the police brilliantly: He removed himself to relative safety, called the police, and fully co-operated before being asked. I'm giving nine out of ten points for that performance. The only question is whether a jury will think that he was in reasonable fear for his life. Juries can be funny that way, but his behavior with the police will surely count in his favor.
If Pizza Hut really cared about the safety of its employees (rather than, say, its own exposure to lawsuits), it would have long since discovered that the alleged data behind their "capitulation is safer" argument is bogus.