A Papa John’s pizza driver was robbed at gunpoint, had his car stolen, and was fired from his job last weekend. And you thought you’ve had a bad couple of days.
Reza Abolhassani was delivering a pizza to an apartment complex Saturday night when two men approached him.
“I thought he was the customer waiting for the pizza,” Abolhassani said. “As I walked up the stairs, two men ran at me, said, ‘shhhh, where’s the money.’”
The men held Abolhassani at gun point.
“I just told them, ‘please don’t shoot me. I have a three year old kid,’” he said.
The men didn’t shoot Abolhassani, but they did steal all of his money and his 2006 Nissan Sentra. He reported the holdup to his shift manager, who put his call on hold. When his shift manager never got back to him, he reported the theft to police.
The next day, the Papa John’s store manager called him.
“He asked 'What happened? Why did you not put your money in the red box?' which he never gave me."
Drivers are never supposed to carry more than $20 cash on them at a time. The rest goes in the aforementioned red box. But according to Abolhassani, management didn’t give him a box.
“(The manager) gave me a box for about week, then took my name off of it and gave it to someone else,” he said.
Regardless, management fired Abolhassani for violating company policy.
“They said, ‘I’m sorry Reza. We know you’re a good driver, but we can’t keep you because it’s the policy,’” he said.
Abolhassani suspected from the start that the delivery he was making when he was robbed wasn’t legitimate.
“I told [the manager] before I left the store, ‘if I don’t come back in 20 minutes, please call the cops,” Abolhassani said.
One estimate claims two-thirds of pizza delivery driver robberies happen on fake orders made with the intention of robbing the driver.