It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: Playing Domino’s Edition

“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,” 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.”

[h/t CS]


  1. avatar Mk10108 says:

    No government or corporation can dictate disarmament to its citizens or employees. To do otherwise is complicit in murder.

    1. avatar fishydude says:

      States can and should mandate that employers who have disarmament policies must carry $1M life insurance policies on their employees, payable to the surviving heirs.
      Companies that only allow criminals to bring guns on their property must also be held financially liable for damages to customers when criminals take advantage of the free fire zone the property owner created.
      Property owners have a right to keep guns out of their property. But that right comes with responsibility.

  2. avatar Scrubula says:

    Carry anyways, find a new employer if they fire you.

    Your life is not worth a higher wage.

  3. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    Dominos doesn’t want their drivers to be armed for one reason and one reason alone, their bottom line.

    If Dominos condones it’s drivers carry and someone used their weapon, the company will be opening itself up to liability. And thy don’t want anything to do with that, so they ban firearms.

    But, if drivers get shot like this guy, they’ll just find some else to do the job and move on with business as usual.

    So, I guess the only question would be do you think your company’s money is worth your life? I know my answer.

  4. avatar jim eccles says:

    Self defense is a gaurantee of the first amendment, screw Dominoes or anyone else who denies that right.

    1. avatar JasonMfromSoDakota says:

      We all know what amendment you meant as it is the second that protects the usage of our first on this forum. People have to work for money even if it means choosing a paycheck over risking your life. That is the greatest trick the devil ever pulled and for you moral but not Christian folks it is called trading individual liberty for state security, which didn’t help this innocent man.

  5. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    “God gave Mr. Masaeid the right to protect himself. Domino’s took that away.”

    Dominos didn’t “take” anything away. The company and this driver voluntarily entered into an employment agreement, one of the terms of which was that he not carry a firearm. He agreed to those terms. Is that a dangerous decision? Perhaps, but that’s a decision this grown man made absent fraud or force.

    It’s no different from the decision millions of others make not carry a self defense firearm. Far from Dominos taking away his right, this man traded away his right.

    1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      Correct! I worked for a national pizza chain during my college years. They had a “no carry” policy. I accepted that I would get fired for carrying a gun. I didn’t care and neither did many of my co-workers.

  6. avatar Geoff PR says:

    As of now, 11:50 EST, the GoFundMe is at $71,000.

    It can’t replace him, but it will help his family.

  7. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Pizza guys getting robbed and shot in Chicagoland too. And most idiots know pizza guys carry very little cash. Scum is scum…

  8. avatar Andy says:

    Domino’s is where I first started carrying, back in 1975. The company didn’t have a rule against that in those days, as far as I know, but it was definitely illegal. I just adopted an early version of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

  9. avatar Johannes P. says:

    These kinds of policies will continue until someone holds companies accountable. Clearly, Domino’s isn’t worried about public pressure. So, perhaps the threat of a lawsuit might wake them up a little?

  10. avatar Amok! says:

    Carry. Defending your life with legally articulated deadly force is worth more than Dominos rules.

    Second, getting fired indirectly forces the correct tactical decision for the victim of a DGU to reduce the risk of retaliation.

    The perps friends and family know where and when you work unless you are fired. Whether or not they choose to ambush is out of the DGU’s victims control.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Which means if you are not fired, make sure you clean and reload, maybe even upgrade your carry arm.

  11. avatar Tom W. says:

    From Mom’s Demand Action;
    “Once again a no gun policy has resulted in our desired result”.

    Alright, it’s not a “real” quote, but might as well be.

    I hope the Domino execs are also contributing to his family.
    MDA also needs to step up.

  12. avatar Gs650g says:

    Carry anyway. You can’t change jobs if your dead, and if you have to pop someone your not rich enough for them to sue you for much.

  13. avatar Fuque says:

    A guy can slip a little LCP or P3AT in his pocket everyday and no one would be the wiser..

  14. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Y’know, I’d rather fire and get fired than get dead by following the a policy enacted by anencephalic shareholders.

    So fu¢king glad that I’m my own (if underpaid) boss.

  15. avatar JoeVK says:

    Once I get a CHL and a gun to go with it, I’m violating the f*#k outta my company’s policy. I already violate it by having my knife on me every day, so what the hell.

    The store I work at is a prime target for robbery. People in my town seem to think “robberies never happen here”, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t misplace the tools that went missing from my basement the other night. All the local heroin addicts find drug money wherever they can.

  16. avatar JJ48 says:

    Wow. Very different mentality from the software company for whom I used to work. There, some of the upper management decided they wanted to carry at work, so they made it company policy that anyone who can legally carry concealed in Ohio may do so in the office. Then, they struck a deal with the local gun range (which was already hosting our shooting league) to allow employees to take the concealed carry course for half price. And just recently I noticed they put up signs all over the property showing a handgun in a green circle, with the words, “Notice: Concealed Handgun License holders on premises.” I don’t recall any incidents while I was working there, and I’m glad to see management took steps to practically ensure it stays that way.

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