Sunday

Seacoast Pizza Bowl, New Hampshire

If you're near the NH seacoast today, January 27, 2008, stop in for the second annual Seacoast Pizza Bowl, sponsored by the Hampton, NH, rotary club.

For $7 admission adults (children attend free) you can sample pizza from all of the NH Seacoast's fine pizza restaurants and vote on your favorite pizza pie. The price of admission allows you to sample as much cheese and specialty pizza as you can eat. Categories for best crust, best sauce, best cheese and best specialty pizza will be voted upon.

The proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Hampton, NH, which donates $30,000 annually to worthy charities.

Monday

Domino's Expands in Turkey

Domino's has announced plans to expand its presence in Turkey, opening up 33 new locations. What I found truly interesting is that in Turkey, the pizza delivery drivers often go on to open up their own Domino's franchise store.

Domino's Pizza Turkey General Manager Aslan Saranga said that pizza sales go up in rainy weather or when there's an important sports event on TV. Hmmm... sounds familiar. He also said that both the Italian style pizza and their local Turkish pizza are big sellers. For a recipe for homemade Turkish pizza go here.

Turkish Daily News

Sunday

Domino's Driver Shoots Robber

Almost every day I see news items about a pizza delivery driver who is robbed, assaulted and even killed. And yet, a Domino's delivery driver who shot an assailant who robbed him (the accomplice fled with the pizza, the soda and the money) would have faced disciplinary action if he hadn't resigned after the incident.

Domino's has a strict rule against their drivers carrying weapons. They think that telling the driver to be careful and not carry a lot of cash is going to help keep them safe. The number of robberies every week in the news is proof that their precautionary measures don't keep drivers safe.

Even if a driver empties his wallet of order payments and tips each time he returns to the shop, he is still going to have some money on him after just one trip. Obviously these guys who rob delivery drivers are willing to accept a small take. They are also willing to kill for it.

Although it may not make anyone feel safe to think that their delivery driver has a loaded weapon, it doesn't change the fact that in this case, that weapon saved the driver and stopped a criminal.

Of course, customers suspecting the driver is armed might make them think twice about stiffing him on the tip.

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