Better BS, Better Hypocrisy, Papa John’s Stance on Guns

On Sunday January 11th a pizza delivery girl was attacked at gunpoint by two thugs looking to rob her and who knows what else.  Thankfully, since this took place in Decatur Georgia and not New York or Washington DC, things turned out a little differently than the attackers would have thought as the girl pulled out her own gun and shot one of them, 24 yo Donquaz Stevenson, in the face after she was knocked to the ground.

For this act of self defense the woman faced termination of a different sort as her exercising her right not to be raped and murdered by thugs goes against Papa John’s corporate policy.  Word came out yesterday though, no doubt in large part to the public outcry, that Papa John’s will NOT be firing the employee.

When I first heard about that I felt like going out and buying a Papa John’s Pizza to support them in making the right decision.  Then I looked into it and realized what they REALLY did.

All Papa John’s did was weigh the cost of the public outcry and symbolically caved.  If this story wasn’t picked up by the national press I don’t believe that this woman would still be employed.

Now, why do I say that?  Because Papa John’s is NOT changing their policy.  Employees are still required to drive out to unknown locations, alone, with cash and UNARMED.

The employee that saved her own life has been told that she can no longer carry her firearm while working and has been “reassigned to another role.”  So in a way she did lose her delivery job.

That’s the BS party.  The hypocrisy part comes when Papa John’s attempts to talk out of both sides of their corporate mouth.

First by stating this:

“The safety of Papa John’s employees is a top priority for our company”

And following it up with this:

“Company policy prohibits employees from utilizing firearms in the performance of their duties. We plan no changes to our current policy, which is designed to protect customers and employees. Upon investigation and considering the specific facts of the situation, we have reassigned the employee to work in the store and are offering her counseling to help her recuperate from the incident.”

First of all, their policy is designed to protect criminals and their own bottom line.  They couldn’t give a crap about their employees because the delivery girl is probably alive because she was armed.  Had she followed Papa John’s policy she would have definitely been robbed, was in the process of being beaten and most likely would have been raped if not killed.

So NO, Papa John’s, you do NOT care for the safety of your employees and if it wasn’t for the bad press you would receive this woman would no doubt have been fired.  That’s why it took you nearly 5 whole days to come out an announce she wasn’t being let go.  Had to weigh the cost of that bad press.

So this is not a win for gun owners.  Papa John’s is NOT a pro gun store.  In the future employees caught defending themselves will STILL get fired if the story doesn’t get picked up nationally and Papa John’s still endangers their employees for the fear of losing money.

If I owned a pizza chain I would mandate and advertise that my delivery personnel were ALL packing heat and trained to use it.  I guarantee MY drivers would be the LAST people criminals would want to seek out.

That’s how i’d protect MY employees.

Papa John’s is a fraud and their pizza tastes like lies.


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