Pizza drivers say they know the job is dangerous

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Pizza delivery drivers in central Ohio got a reality check today.

They learned another driver was murdered in an apparent robbery.

Tony Patrick has been delivering pizzas for nearly a year. He says that, so far, there are no problems. But statistics show he does one of the most dangerous jobs in America.

“I needed a job and this is one of the easiest ones to find,” he said.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, delivery drivers have the sixth most dangerous job in the country just behind iron workers, but more dangerous than roofers and even power line workers.

Jassin Al’Saedi has been delivering pizzas for ten years in Columbus.

He’s been robbed twice. He said the last time was only three weeks ago.

“Three they wore masks and have a knife, but didn’t have a gun,” he said.

A trio of robbers took his money and swung at him a couple of times with a knife.

He wasn’t hurt, but it was a frightening experience.

News of the death of one of their own today was very unsettling to drivers.

“My girlfriend told me about it last night and it kind of worries me,” said Patrick. “But I look up the addresses. If I don’t recognize it when I look it up in my phone, if it doesn’t bring up an address, then I know it’s not right.”

Most have rules they live by like calling their customer when they arrive and asking them to step out on the porch.

They also have certain areas where they won’t deliver.

But it can still happen.

An average of 20 pizza delivery drivers are killed in the US every year, only seven fewer than police officers killed in the US in 2013.

“If I absolutely have to I’ll get the concealed carry permit,” said Patrick. “But I don’t want to. I’d rather just switch jobs than ever do something like that.”

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