Jan. 29, 2004
ATHENS, Ga.—A Pizza Hut delivery driver here was fired for speaking to a reporter about a recent robbery in which he was the victim.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Shawn McWhorter, 26, is one of several local restaurant employees to have been robbed at gunpoint recently while making deliveries. He was interviewed by the newspaper last week, but speaking to the media is a violation of Pizza Hut policy, and resulted in his firing.
"We put policies in place for very specific reasons, and one reason is people at the restaurant level are expert at operating restaurants and not speaking," Pizza Hut spokeswoman Patty Sullivan said. "When an employee gets a call from a reporter, he's supposed to call our P.R. people, and in this case that didn't happen."
McWhorter said he hadn't thought of the policy when relating the events of Jan. 9, when someone put a gun to his head and robbed him of $43 and a cellular telephone.
'It's not right what they've done,' said McWhorter, who delivered pizza to support his wife and 2-year-old son.
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