Some pizza delivery drivers arming themselves

Pizza drivers (WISH Photo/ Nick Nebesny)
Pizza drivers (WISH Photo/ Nick Nebesny)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Bill Bruton spent Super Bowl Sunday delivering pizzas all over Indianapolis for Aunt Polly’s Pizza. But when Bruton hits the road to make a delivery, he’s carrying more than a pizza. He’s also carrying a gun.

“I’ve got a lifetime permit and I carry,” he said.

The manager at Aunt Polly’s said their drivers have carried for years.

“As long as they have gun permits,” said manager Jeff White.

Not everyone allows their employees to carry weapons. But restaurants are reviewing their safety policies after two pizza delivery drivers were shot and killed in Indianapolis in two weeks.

“We took it real seriously,” said James Hines, a spokesperson for Pizza Hut.

The shootings didn’t involve Pizza Hut employees, but the chain did call its locations in Indianapolis to stress the importance of doing everything possible to stay safe.

“We’ve coached every store – every employee on driver safety and different steps we can take internally to make sure our number one priority is the safety of our team members,” said Hines.

Some of those steps including making sure drivers lock their doors, carry no more than $20 cash at a time, and have a valid call-back number to call customers and confirm the order.

Hines also said customers should turn lights on and make sure the delivery location is in a place that can be seen by others.

“If they’re willing to make sure they have a porch light on, and they’re willing to give us a good phone number that our driver can call once they’re at that location to verify the delivery, then we’re fine, but we just won’t send somebody to an unknown location out of public view,” he said.

Bruton said carrying a gun gives him some peace of mind.

“It just kind of helps you even the odds up a little bit,” he said, but added a gun won’t automatically keep him safe.

He said the most important thing to do is to always be aware of his surroundings.

“You’ve got to be ultra vigilant,” he said.

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