Relatedly, was in a local Pizza Hut the other day and noticed their delivery map includes a note not to make deliveries to Sistrunk, the historically African-American neighborhood, after dark. pic.twitter.com/BoSAgomaHV— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) December 1, 2017
Pizza Hut, a franchise that promotes itself as family friendly and promises quick delivery to more than 16,000 locations worldwide, actually discriminates against minority neighborhoods.
The fast food giant refuses to deliver pizza at Sistrunk neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after 7 p.m. While writer Adam Weinstein was picking up his pizza in Fort Lauderdale recently, he clicked a picture of a display inside the food chain.
The sign told its employees to not accept nighttime deliveries to the district that includes Sistrunk Boulevard — a historically African-American neighborhood home to several important historical places in the black community.
Some notable names and places that come from the community include the Old Dillard Museum, which commemorates the city’s first school for black children and the Dr. James F. Sistrunk historical marker, named after Broward County’s first black doctor.
However, it was a policy for the branch employees to not accept deliveries for the northwestern district after 7 p.m., but noted that any orders made before 7 p.m. must be delivered.
When asked about this discriminatory behavior, a manager told Miami NewTimes, the delivery cutoff, which begins each night at 7, is a corporate policy.
Sadly, this discriminatory behavior of Pizza Hut towards minority neighborhoods is not new; in fact many other pizza shops actively practice prejudicial policies.
In 1996, the problem was worse, so much so that the city of San Francisco tried to write a law banning the practice. The restaurant industry pushed back, and finally a loophole was written into the law to allow drivers to skip out on deliveries if they felt endangered.
In 2000, Domino's settled with the Justice Department after the chain received backlash from customers near Jacksonville, Florida.
Two years later, the city attorney in Tarpon Springs, Florida, threatened to revoke Pizza Hut's operational license when a location stopped delivering to a predominantly black neighborhood.
However, Pizza Hut defended its policies and calls it an issue of driver safety.
"We work to balance our customers' wants with our delivery persons' safety," spokeswoman Patty Sullivan said at the time.
Even though pizza shops cite safety as a reason for not delivering in black neighborhoods, there is no proof if “whiter neighborhoods” within the delivery zone prove to be safer while delivering pizza at night.
Thumbnail/Banner Credits: Reuters, Mario Anzuoni