Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Is East Charlotte Pizza Hut an Easy Target for Thugs? Not Last Night!
Three would be armed robbers should have ordered a cheese pizza to go late Monday night, instead they pulled a couple of guns and ordered employees into the back of the restaurant.
Gregory Hardy and Dauntrae Wallace were shot dead by a still unnamed Pizza Hut employee, both of the dead men were 21 year olds who had prior arrests and run-ins with law enforcement. Hardy was also a father of a little boy.
When one of the robbers began to beat an employee, the delivery driver who works at the Independence Blvd Pizza Hut drew his weapon and wasted no time in dispatching two of the three idiots.
Two of the thugs were declared dead at the scene and the third was still on the run early this morning. The employee a former Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff believes he hit the third crook solidly between the shoulder blades as he ran out of the store but say he may have only winged him.
According to WSOC TV:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said at about 11:15 p.m., two employees were in the back of the business cleaning up for the night, when three men entered through the front door.
Police said the men attempted to rob the business by forcing the employees into the cooler, when one of the employees shot one of the men with his personal gun. The employee shot a second men, while the third fled the scene.
East Charlotte may be down but there is hope even if it has to become the Wild West to restore some law and order to the area.
Sadly it has reached a point where Chief Monroe's comstat numbers can't hide the truth. Crime is out of control in East Charlotte.
While bagging two thugs is nice it still speaks to the fact that crime rules East Charlotte and unless Charlotte's City Council wakes up and holds Chief Monroe accountable East Charlotte won't survive the next decade.
Cedar Posts Update:
Chances are pretty good the employee will be terminated, based on the Pizza Hut Employee Handbook that was emailed to CP this morning.
Excerpts of the manual as follows:
7. It is not possible to list all of the forms of behavior that are considered unacceptable in the work place. The following are examples of infractions of rules of conduct that may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment:
7.14 Possession of firearms or any dangerous weapon anywhere on company property or in any employee’s vehicle while at work or on company property.
7.23 Failure to protect company assets
7.41 Failure to follow proper internal and external security procedures
7.49 Admittance into the restaurant of unauthorized personnel before or after closing hours, including but not limited to, off duty employees
21. In the Event of Robbery
If a robbery occurs, follow these steps:
Remain calm and cooperate with the robber. The safety of employees and customers is what is most important.
Lock the door immediately after the robber leaves
Call the police
Call the Area General Manager/Coach
Direct employees not to discuss the situation but have them write down what they recall
Tell no one, other than the police, the amount of money stolen
But things could have worked out much worse for the Pizza Hut Employee. Last year a Brunswick, Georgia Pizza Hut Employee was shot and killed by robbers news coverage is here.