“Najeh Masaeid was found dead in a hallway at the District at the Summit apartments near the Summit shopping center in Birmingham [Alabama] Sunday evening in what police say appears to be a homicide,” al.com reports. “Authorities are investigating robbery as the possible motive and believe he might have been set up. Domino’s workers said the victim was called to deliver an order to an apartment there that turned out to be vacant.” This is hardly the first pizza delivery robbery ending in murder that we’ve reported. Domino’s is aware of the dangers. In fact . . .
The company doesn’t allow drivers to carry more than $20 on their person. In this case, as well as dozens of others, I don’t think the robbers got the memo.
Domino’s, Pizza Hut and other national pizza chains have a strict no-guns policy for their delivery drivers. It’s an open secret that many drivers carry anyway (at least on deliveries) – especially in high crime urban areas. From the sound of things, though, Mr. Masaeid was not the kind of guy to violate company policy.
Jordan Hosey said her father and mother moved to the U.S. almost 20 years ago. He took a job with his close friend at Domino’s and worked at least 80 hours a week to make ends meet.
“His income wasn’t that great, but he got his citizenship the right way,” she said. “They got their green cards, paid taxes, did everything right,” she said. “They did everything that half the Americans don’t do.” . . .
Money wasn’t flowing into the Masaeid household, but that was Ok with him, his daughter said. Though he was eligible for government assistance, he never would have taken it. “He never once went to the government for money, although is legal status entitled him for it,” Hosey said. “He never believed in this. He was just earning his money. That was it. He said he didn’t need anything fancy. He was happy with what God gave him.”
God gave Mr. Masaeid the right to protect himself. Domino’s took that away. And for what? It should have been a defensive gun use.
Masaeid didn’t have active life insurance. Hosey has set up an online fundraising site to help care for her mother who she said can’t work.
“We are just mourning a loss that we didn’t expect,” Hosey wrote on the gofundme site. “I pray to God that we find healing and swift justice and get this murderer off the street.”