I have read about your decision to fire delivery driver Ronald B Honeycutt of Indianapolis for his decision to defend his life against a violent criminal while delivering pizza for your company. I recognize that you have liability and public relations concerns regarding employees acting in self-defense while in your employ.
I would like to remind your company publicly, in this open letter, that a man's life is worth more than any amount of publicity; that the liability associated with forbidding your employees from acting in self-defense upon pain of termination is a potentially lucrative legal area for our litigious society; and that your policy in this matter has ensured that I will never patronize your establishment in any fashion until the policy has been adjusted to respect the lives of your employees.
Please feel free to contact me via email should you reconsider your present policy.
Lots of posts out in the blogosphere have mentioned the "Pizza Hut shooting", where a pizza delivery driver trying to deliver a pizza shot and killed an armed attacker. The driver was not charged, but Pizza Hut fired him. It is the policy of Pizza Hut to prohibit self-defense by their drivers, and particularly to prohibit carrying a weapon to defend yourself (even with a license).
On one level, you have to accept that as a private entity, Pizza Hut can have this policy. On the other level, Pizza Hut doesn't have to have this policy, and maybe we can help them decide it would be better not to.
Contact Info for Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut, Inc.
14841 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75254
Franchise and Investor Relations: 1-866-298-6986
Customer Satisfaction: 1-800-948-8488 (U.S.)
VIP Hotline: 1-866-VIP-3444
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