12
Mar
09

Self-Defense & Pizza Hut

This week, in South Carolina, there was a story of a 43-year-old pizza delivery guy getting mugged. This is the initial statement he released to the media, in its entirety, according to WLTX TV 19:

My name is Christopher Miller, I am the Pizza Hut delivery driver that was robbed Saturday night and I would like to make the following statement.

I would like to tell the family of Paul Sturgill how very sorry I am about the death of their son. I cannot begin to imagine the pain that you are going through and for that I am deeply sorry.

When I arrived at the house I was confronted by four individuals, believing I was about to be robbed, I ran. All four individuals chased after me. After running about a hundred feet, Mr. Sturgill caught up to me, he jumped on top of me punching me several times in the face and head, I pushed him away but he continued to attack me. Knowing that the other three would soon arrive to help him and believing I would be gravely injured or even killed, I pulled my weapon and fired two shots in self defense. The other three ran off. I immediately called 911 from my cell phone and told the operator what happened and to send the police and an ambulance.


I believe that night all four of them meant to cause me serious harm and possible kill me. I have delivered pizzas on and off for ten years and have worked at the store in Irmo for the past four years and this is the third time I have been robbed delivering pizzas.


I am married with a five year old daughter and this whole ordeal has been very difficult for me and my family. However; I believe everyone has the right to defend themselves if their lives are threatened.

Thank you for your support and prayers.

And this is the second statement he released, according to WLTX 19:

My name is Christopher Miller; I am the driver who got robbed last Saturday. I would like to make the following statement regarding my leaving Pizza Hut.

I have read a lot of comments that have been posted on the websites and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your support; they have greatly encouraged me and my family through this very difficult time. I also ask that you have some sympathy and compassion for the family of the boy that died, they are suffering more than I, please keep them in your prayers. I have been delivering pizza on and off, both fulltime and part-time for 10 years and this is the third time I have been robbed. I have delivered for both Dominos and Pizza Hut and both companies have a no weapons policy. I advised my manager the night of the robbery that I will no longer work at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver. I knew after what happened that my career as a driver was over. I have read a lot of comments about boycotting Pizza Hut; I am asking that you to not do that. I ask you this because I have a lot of friends at that store and they are all good people and they need your support. I am friends with all the drivers there and they are very apprehensive about every delivery they take. Those drivers need the support of good customers. Instead of boycotting the store, I ask that you have your order delivered and thank the driver by giving them a good tip. I care for the people at that store and I don’t want them to be punished for something that is not their fault. Again, I thank you for your notes of support and encouragement, I am doing ok. I’m taking it one day at a time and I do have a fulltime job that helps support me.

First of all, all parties involved should be held personally responsible for their actions and positions.

The pizza guy should be held responsible for carrying a concealed weapon, in violation of the terms of his employment–but, to be clear, I would have done the exact same thing if I was in his shoes.

The robber got justice served hard and cold when he attacked the delivery guy. I see no need to cry over this person, when he attempted to harm and rob another person. And where were the parents of this 17-year-old minor, when all of this was going on?

The police should be held accountable for violating their own government policies, as recorded in the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution–not that we should have to get governmental permission to defend ourselves, in the first place.

If the delivery guy didn’t agree with the terms of his employment, he should have found another company for which to work. And if he couldn’t have found a company that would have let him carry a concealed, self-defense device, he could have chosen another line of work, or better yet he could have started an improved, competing company and driven his former employer out of the market.

As for the robber, if you don’t want to take a risk of getting shot you shouldn’t engage in using force against others.

Concerning the police…well, don’t even get me started on police and what they represent. This story wouldn’t even be news, if government officials respected their own self-proclaimed “Bill of Rights.”

In addition to everything else that has been stated about this situation, Pizza Hut (and Domino’s) should understand one huge point: If the majority of everyday people didn’t know about the no weapons policy before, surely many do, now – and that policy will potentially put more drivers in increased danger, since more would-be robbers have learned that pizza delivery drivers are not allowed to effectively defend themselves.

Finally, I don’t believe in rewarding these companies and their policies just because “good people” are still working there. These “good people” choose to remain at a place that forbids them from using effective self-defense, so they have to accept personal responsibility for ‘sinking with the ship’ due to any consumer backlash that may come.

Personally, I’m going to make a conscious effort to avoid ordering pizzas, because I don’t want to contribute to creating a need to have unprotected drivers on the streets risking their lives over boxed pizza pies.

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