Papa John’s has announced that the company stands by one of its employees, a pizza deliverywoman in Georgia, who shot an armed robber in the face in self-defense. Papa John’s confirmed with Fox News that the employee would not be terminated from her position, even though the unnamed woman was concerned that she would be fired.
The pizza deliverywoman was on her delivery route Sunday night when a man approached her car at gunpoint, and forced her to get to the ground. The woman, who had a gun on her, fired at her assailant while on the ground, striking him in the face. He was later found in a nearby backyard, and was identified as 24-year-old Donquaz Stevenson. Stevenson was charged with armed robbery and is being treated for his wounds.
Papa John’s’ policy, according to Fox News, is to not allow employees to carry guns while on the job. But the fast food company, likely in response to the woman’s quick-thinking and heroic self-defense, will not be firing her. Instead, she will be assigned another role in the company.
"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,” Papa John’s said in a statement. "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."