When ordering a pizza, hungry customers generally expect that their food will be delivered hot, intact, and within a reasonable time frame. But apparently those expectations proved too much for a delivery driver in Covina, Calif. over the weekend.
According to NBC Los Angeles, 31-year-old Domino's Pizza employee Michael Charles Parker showed up 90 minutes late to a customer's house on Saturday night. It was then that police say "an altercation ensued over the delivery time" and Parker stabbed the 20-year-old customer, who sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries to his neck, hands, and wrists.
A less calm and collected delivery driver may have freaked out and fled at this point, but not Parker: After the stabbing he returned to his place of work, where he was soon arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. No word on whether or not the customer ever got to enjoy his pizza, which was probably quite cold by then. Parker was released on $30,000 bail and is expected in court in March.
In a statement to NBC, Domino's denied any knowledge of the situation, with a spokesperson saying, "All the stores in California are owned by independent franchisees and because we have no information, we can’t provide comment other than to say we are shocked by the allegation and hope the customer is OK." The store could not be reached for comment.
It's certainly not the first time the quest for a pizza has ended in violence: Last year in Kentucky, a delivery driver who was stabbed and carjacked still managed to complete his delivery before collapsing in the ER (thankfully, the pizzas were going to a hospital). And just last month in Ohio, a very unlucky delivery driver was shot in the leg when a customer's dog somehow managed to fire a gun.