JACKSON, MISS. -- Jan. 27, 2019 -- FN -- Hundreds of Mississippi residents gathered at the statehouse today to protest a proposed merger of police patrol with pizza delivery. Precincts across Mississippi are considering partnership with Bad Boys Pizza, a statewide chain offering home delivery.
Paul Carter, CEO of Bad Boys Pizza, spoke to the crowd from the statehouse front steps. He described his company’s offer as both fiscally responsible and environmentally conscious: “Pizza will cost less because training and delivery will take less time. Officers already know the maps, and they can park wherever they please. My plan also cuts the number of vehicles on the road.”
Protestors expressed concern that food delivery would interfere with community protection. “I don’t want an officer thinking about parmesan packets when something serious is happening,” said one woman, who identified herself as a mother and teacher.
A 911 dispatcher predicted a flood of pizza-related calls.
Carter’s arguments were drowned out by the crowd. He left after just four minutes of addressing the crowd.
In a follow-up interview with FN, Carter explained that police in Mississippi are paid less than officers in all other 49 US states. Also, pizza delivery times aren’t always optimal.
“Police need more income. With Bad Boys Pizza, they can earn extra income without working extra hours. Fresh police, fresh pizza. I don’t see a problem.”