The Domino's pizza deliverer who was fired for resisting a pair of armed robbers last week in a Baltimore suburb will be offered his job back today, a spokesman for the corporation said yesterday.
Ronald Hingst, a Detroit public relations consultant dispatched to Catonsville, Md., to deal with the publicity surrounding the firing of John Gilson Jr., 18, by the Domino franchiser there, said that corporate officials and franchise owner Joyce P. White had decided that rehiring Gilson "is the best alternative for all the parties involved."
Gilson was fired after he reported that he fought off two robbers who accosted him while he was delivering pizza early Friday in Woodlawn, near Baltimore. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Domino has a company-wide policy of not offering resistance to robbers. Hingst also said the Baltimore County police had asked Domino's management "to encourage employes not to take the law into their own hands. This is a common-sense policy used by every business -- banking business, gasoline stations, you name it."
However, Hingst said, "after looking at all the circumstances involved in this particular case . . . there was nobody injured . . . I think the best alternative is to offer him his job back."
As to Gilson's request that he be reimbursed for the money he lost by not working last weekend, "I'm sure that will be discussed," Hingst said. "Joyce White is more than a fair person."
Meanwhile, Domino's is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone committing armed robberies of Domino's pizza deliverers. Baltimore County police, who will be conducting a crime prevention seminar for Domino's drivers today, said there have been about 20 assaults on pizza deliverers since November.