A Des Moines pizza deliveryman did his part to make the world a better place:
A pizza deliveryman told Des Moines police that he shot a man who robbed him at gunpoint when he delivered a pie late Thursday to a south-side address.
The alleged assailant, Kenneth Jimmerson, 19, was taken to Mercy Medical Center in serious condition. He was charged this morning with first-degree robbery and will be taken to Polk County Jail when released from the hospital, police said.
Melanie Stout, 18, the woman who placed the order for the pizzas, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
The story is not entirely cheery though. In keeping with the “no good deed goes unpunished” principle:
Restaurant officials have suspended the Pizza Hut driver, James William Spiers, while the case is under investigation. . . Vonnie Walbert, vice president of human resources at Pizza Hut, said:
“We have policy against carrying weapons. We prohibit employees from carrying guns because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.”
It’s exactly that sort of thinking that made this deliveryman look like an attractive target.