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Pizza Hut Delivery Man Demoted After Defending Himself Against Attackers
Freedom Outpost ^ | December 29, 2012 | Tim Brown

Posted on 12/29/2012 4:56:15 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sam Swicegood, a Pizza Hut delivery man in Maryland fought off a group of attackers as he was attempting to deliver pizzas, and what happens? Pizza Hut gave him a demotion.

According to Swicegood, he was sucker punched, which caused his glasses to “fly off.” He then dropped the pizzas he was carrying and began to swing a small piece of a tent pole he had at his attackers, while covering his face. “It’s a little fiberglass road I had up my sleeve not thinking I would actually have to use it but more or less having a little comfort up my sleeve,” recalled Sam.

Swicegood faced five attackers and said those odds “is just not a good situation to be in.”

He said, “I thought I was about to die.”

The attackers fled without his money or his pizzas. However, Fox News Insider says that Pizza Hut cut his hours and his pay for violating their “no weapons policy.”

The local Fox affiliate in Baltimore reported, “During the days that followed Pizza Hut made Sam a cook, slashing his hours and salary. Sam had violated Pizza Hut’s weapon policy which states that a driver cannot be armed.”

Swicegood is college student simply trying to make ends meet delivering pizzas. He said, “I was making about 11 or 12 dollars in tips,” which helped pay for college.

Sam said,

“I’m not saying we should arm all delivery drivers, but I’m saying that punishing delivery drivers for defending themselves as they’re being attacked is unjust.”

It is unjust.

In November, one of Sam’s co-workers was held at gunpoint and robbed in the same area that Swicegood was attacked. So far 3 of the 5 individuals that attacked Swicegood have been arrest. They are all juveniles.

Not that I’m a fan of Pizza Hut, but I’ll take my business elsewhere when I’m purchasing pizzas from now on until they make this right. After all, Sam and people like him are performing a job for them and in these cases they are doing it by putting their lives on the line, literally. This is just one more area where if the company wants to exercise the right to disarm their employees they should be able to also be sued if the employee is attacked for the company’s failure to provide adequate protection. Otherwise, allow people to exercise their Second Amendment rights.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; baltimore; demotion; glenburnie; pc; pizzahut; rkba; samswicegood; selfdefense
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1 posted on 12/29/2012 4:56:20 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 12/29/2012 4:57:18 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In America, and especially liberal MD, “no good deed goes unpunished,” and now so does self-defense.


3 posted on 12/29/2012 5:00:31 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How do you get demoted from pizza delivery? What the h311 is below that?


4 posted on 12/29/2012 5:00:57 PM PST by crosshairs (They are only assault weapons in the hands of tyrannical governments and criminals. Ban both.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WARNING PIZZA HUT driver wannabes.

Drive for a company that values YOUR life!


5 posted on 12/29/2012 5:01:59 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: crosshairs

Pizza eater.....


6 posted on 12/29/2012 5:02:22 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: crosshairs

my question also


7 posted on 12/29/2012 5:03:53 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah, but he got the greatest promotion of all...to continued living.


8 posted on 12/29/2012 5:04:00 PM PST by moovova
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To: crosshairs

I was thinking the same thing. How do you demote a pizza delivery man? Make him deliver on foot?


9 posted on 12/29/2012 5:05:21 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

For all those who have been asking: “Pizza Hut made Sam a cook.” Less pay and loses tip income, apparently.


10 posted on 12/29/2012 5:09:54 PM PST by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Fiberglass road” road?


11 posted on 12/29/2012 5:09:54 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“If the company wants to exercise the right to disarm their employees they should be able to also be sued if the employee is attacked for the company’s failure to provide adequate protection”

Yes, this policy probably came from one of their Effing lawyers who wouldn’t even eat their product, but makes a good buck designing “rules” that “protect” the company at the expense of it’s employees.


13 posted on 12/29/2012 5:12:32 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ll bet there are a lot of muggers that are glad to know about Pizza Hut’s no weapons policy.


14 posted on 12/29/2012 5:14:49 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Obviously, the company doesn’t want to be involved in a law suit if one of their employees injures an attacker. So they let the poor delivery man open for attack.


15 posted on 12/29/2012 5:16:33 PM PST by kitkat
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To: vette6387

Odds are employees have signed documents, recognizing that the company cannot protect them, so if a driver ends up seriously harmed, they cannot look at the company for compensation.


16 posted on 12/29/2012 5:34:53 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: MotorCityBuck

probably a livestock sorting stick. 4-5 ft long beefy and
has a nice heft.


17 posted on 12/29/2012 5:38:31 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obstreperous gentleman..)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Like liberals, pizza hut could care less if their drivers get murdered. They’ll just hire someone else.

A driver’s widow and children or an injured driver should sue them for a purposefully designed, deadly working enviornment. States should make laws against employers denying drivers’ second amendment right to self defense.

A policy of no self defense is a policy of death.


18 posted on 12/29/2012 5:44:28 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I saw him on the news. His story is a bit weak as he tells it.

There are two sides to every story and his lacks credibility.


19 posted on 12/29/2012 5:50:11 PM PST by tired&retired
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To: crosshairs

“How do you get demoted from pizza delivery?”

My first thought too.


20 posted on 12/29/2012 5:50:22 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maryland - the state where a fiberglass tent pole is considered a weapon, and a handgun would have landed the victim in prison.


21 posted on 12/29/2012 5:55:27 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: MotorCityBuck

I think it was meant to be “rod.”


22 posted on 12/29/2012 5:57:39 PM PST by ShasheMac
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Boycott Pizza Hut until they restore his position. Do NOT go there to eat. Call them and tell them why. If we do not begin to act, then the company is going to keep doing this.


23 posted on 12/29/2012 6:10:41 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: oldbrowser

“I’ll bet there are a lot of muggers...”

That is exactly what crossed my mind. Pizza Hut has essentially granted “open season” on all of its drivers. Want some easy cash? Rob the pizza delivery person who isn’t allowed to even fight back. It is shameful.


24 posted on 12/29/2012 6:21:28 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

OK, just so I get this straight.......he defended himself from thugs that might have killed or maimed him. So Pizza Hut’s thinking is let them kill or maim you to save our sorry skin from a lawsuit because one of our employees’ defended himself with a fiberglass rod? OK, I think I get it now......and I will NEVER eat another Pizza Hut pizza for the rest of my life. Incredible!


25 posted on 12/29/2012 6:25:55 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Get enough of those pizza delivery guys demoted and the sorry a$$ed manager will have to deliver them.


26 posted on 12/29/2012 6:30:00 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: FoxInSocks
For all those who have been asking: “Pizza Hut made Sam a cook.” Less pay and loses tip income, apparently.

It appears many posters fail to read the article.

27 posted on 12/29/2012 7:11:59 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: ShasheMac

Agreed. Journalist’s. Lol.


28 posted on 12/29/2012 7:17:43 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: Theodore R.

This happened in Baltimore. Baltimore is a real hellhole.

Maryland is a one party Democrat state and Baltimore is a one party Democrat city. Gun control laws are extremely strict. Criminals are armed and dangerous. Citizens who defend themselves are subject to criminal charges.

Companies in Maryland are liable if any of their employees ever defend themselves. That is the same for individuals in Maryland. The criminal is always right. He is a victim of society. The citizen defending himself is always wrong.

This will be the case throughout the country soon. Get used to it.


29 posted on 12/29/2012 7:35:10 PM PST by detective
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
well if you can't defend your self according to Pizza Hut...lets all take our pizza business to ‘papa John's’ better pizza any way...
30 posted on 12/29/2012 7:55:35 PM PST by haircutter
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I don’t go there anymore anyway, I think they may have quit using real cheese a few years ago or at least made a big change, they just don’t taste good to me anymore.


31 posted on 12/29/2012 7:59:42 PM PST by duffee (Newt Gingrich for Speaker)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He’s not the first employee they’ve treated like this.

Yo, Pizza Hut, you just lost a customer.


32 posted on 12/29/2012 8:04:25 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: tired&retired

“There are two sides to every story and his lacks credibility.”

This is why I always pick-up my pizzas. The delivery men are always plotting and scheming.

/s


33 posted on 12/29/2012 8:10:13 PM PST by Justa
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To: bgill

Word of mouth is the best advertisement!

Papa John’s pizza is TONS better!

So is Papa Murpheys, even if you do have to bake it yourself at home.


34 posted on 12/29/2012 8:11:47 PM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: tired&retired

OK, how does it lack credibility?


35 posted on 12/29/2012 8:19:41 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This kind of crapola just burns me up to no end.


36 posted on 12/29/2012 8:34:36 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: detective

They reduced civil liability for individuals in 2010 - an election year, by some coinky-dink (wink wink).


37 posted on 12/29/2012 8:36:08 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Merry Christmas!)
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To: duffee
they just don’t taste good to me anymore.

None of the chain's pizzas taste good to me any more. I really believe it's because they started a long time ago on "cost savings" ideas such as, "Let's omit two pepperoni slices per pizza, while at the same time raise the price slightly and we'll save x amount of dollars every year".

Hey, since that worked so well, let's use an ounce less of sauce and an ounce less of cheese too, a year or two later, do the same thing all over again.

Resulting in today's chain pizza that's a thinly covered piece of card board tasting crust.

In my opinion, Papa Murphy's is a cut above the rest of the lot, not cheap and you do have to bake it yourself but not too bad for a "store bought" pizza. I still like the pizza I make myself better though.

P.S. I do not ever buy pizza with pepperoni on it, since manufacturers figured out how to make it out of "mechanically separated" turkey and/or chicken, instead of pork. I detest poultry and buy my pepperoni separately. They make it from birds for one reason, birds are cheaper than hogs.

38 posted on 12/29/2012 8:40:11 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights¬Ē leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Local Pizza Hut doesn’t deliver - the manager’s actually know better. We’ve got some pretty rough ‘hoods around here, even as rural as we are.

With that said - the Food Lion store’s own brand frozen pizza is far superior to anything coming out of PH - and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper!


39 posted on 12/29/2012 8:41:04 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: detective

Doesn’t it just figure that Nancy Pelosi is from Baltimore and her father was mayor?


40 posted on 12/29/2012 9:00:28 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 6, 2012.....A day that will live in infamy!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I bet the CEO of Pizza Hit has armed security.


41 posted on 12/29/2012 9:01:38 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 6, 2012.....A day that will live in infamy!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Gamecock; F15Eagle

Demoted? Demoted to what, busboy?


42 posted on 12/29/2012 9:02:38 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: duffee

They used to use a 3-cheese blend and several years ago they switched to mozzarella only (and u could also b right about it being imitation)
That’s why it isnt good anymore


43 posted on 12/29/2012 9:03:24 PM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He is now first assistant delivery boy.


44 posted on 12/29/2012 9:04:28 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He is now first assistant delivery boy.


45 posted on 12/29/2012 9:04:50 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: detective

Companies in Maryland are liable if any of their employees ever defend themselves.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

I heard a couple of years ago it was illegal in MD for a ‘citizen’ to wear a Bullet Proof Vest.

If true, bad enough I can’t carry (well, that is the law..<:) to defend myself, I can’t wear anything to help me in case I get shot.

BIZARROLAND is here and now.


46 posted on 12/29/2012 9:26:33 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

very easy problem to solve...when you call in your order to be delivered, you provide a debit,credit,food stamp card and include a tip for the delivery person...NO CASH is used.....if you can’t do that, eat spam at home.


47 posted on 12/29/2012 9:27:49 PM PST by terycarl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe it’s actually a promotion. Since he’s the only one in this story with any brains, they might have promoted him to being a cook (on trial pay) because nobody else in the chain knows how to make a pizza.


48 posted on 12/29/2012 9:40:40 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (we)
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To: crosshairs; Daffynition
How do you get demoted from pizza delivery? What the h311 is below that?

Room service?


49 posted on 12/29/2012 9:40:56 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; All
We need Right to Self Defense laws to prevent any prosecution or retalliation against those who have to defend themselves.

To many Business Socialists think businesses have the right to deny someone their right to defend themselves....that is absurd when many service related business put their employees in danger everyday when handling money and merchandise.

50 posted on 12/30/2012 4:06:34 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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