Pizza Franchise Creates ‘Not After Dark’ Delivery Rule in Detroit After Driver Shot

Charlie Langton, CBS Detroit, August 17, 2012

Has it come to this? Yes it has, according to Joan McKenna, whose son Tim McKenna, 19, was shot while delivering pizza in Detroit.

In the wake of the shooting, a Jets Pizza franchise in Dearborn ruled it will no longer deliver to Detroit after dark. Before the shooting, they sent two drivers to every nighttime Detroit delivery, one of whom was armed, Joan McKenna said.

“They usually send somebody with a guy … who carries a gun,” she said. “Usually they have two go into Detroit after dark, if they have a delivery … One guy has a legal, he can carry a gun.  That night, Timmy was the only one left, they had this one run to do, he said ‘yeah, I’ll do it.’ He’s a kid, he doesn’t think anything’s going to happen to him.”

Tim McKenna was shot in the ribs, and the bullet hit a lung, but he survived and plans to return in the fall to Adrian College, where he plays football. Pizza delivery was his summer job.

“He can’t play football right now, he’s on the team at Adrian, it’s really hard … It went right in the chest, this guy shot him right in the chest,” Joan McKenna said, adding, “It was a robbery, the guy wanted his money, he hit the gas and the guy went ‘pop pop’ and he was shot in the chest.”


“I realize this is a terrible situation, it is tragic, but some people say it’s racist, we’re eliminating Detroit, we’re sectioning Detroit off from the rest of the world,” Langton said during his show on Talk Radio 1270, adding, “Some people will say ‘Why should we let the acts of one stupid gun person, make a whole policy that alienates a city?’”

But Joan McKenna thinks any claims of racism are hogwash.

“You want to talk about racism? This has nothing to do with color, it has to do with people who are not willing to get up, plug in the coffee maker, and go to work … Come on, get a job, we’re not talking race here,” Joan McKenna said.


John from Chesterfield called in and said, “This is not racist, this is a high probability risk assessment. I was in the military … If you’re going to go into Detroit after dark the risk assessment is you’re going to be robbed, shot or mugged … There are people in Detroit who don’t want to go out after dark either, it’s crazy, but that’s it.”



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  • Francis Galton

    Actually, it IS all about race–if we supplanted Deadrot’s 90% black population with a randomly selected 90% White population, Detroit would completely rebound in about 10 years or so.  It would probably be the safest large city in America at that point. 

    Africa is FUBAR for a reason–Africans! Detroit is Africa writ small.

  • TomIron361

    Heckofaway to learn what she should have known all along. What was wrong with just saying we’re not set up to deliver your pizza now? It’s just too dangerous.

  • potato78

    No offense.   Why  are so many blacks easily offended?  Can the Blacks be transformed into High IQ Blacks or educated Blacks with some sort of white culture or indian culture or whatever civilized culture? 

    •  Good call, remember how offended blacks were at the “Jar Jar Binks” character from Star Wars? 

    • Blacks and Mexicans are always offended over something. They have come to know that being perpetually offended has it advantages..  And now I offer a wise quote from one of our fellow Amren brethren: “Being a victim means never having to say you’re sorry.”

    • El_Magyar

      Blacks are easily offended because they have been coddled. They are like the spolied child who is now 30 years old and can not/will not get a job and leave home. All the while telling his parents how they are treating unfairly.

  • Delivery Guaranteed: 30 minutes or less, after sunrise.

  • ncpride

    This has nothing to do with color,

    Oh stop already! Of course it does, and everyone knows it. I would have said call it what you want, but we will NOT deliver in Detroit, because the people that live there make it dangerous, and we will not put our employees lives in danger, and you can scream and shout racism all you want. Then I would invite Mr. Langton to deliver pizza at night in Detroit since ‘some’ people say their policy is racist.

    • RebelliousTreecko

       You’re right, but for the wrong reason.

      Africans aren’t hated because of their skin color, but rather because of the content of their character.

      If Africans were generally nicer and acted more civilized, then phenotypes commonly found in Sub-Saharan Africans, such as dark skin and kinky hair, would be associated with those positive traits.
      Our race is hated for a similar reason.

      While outward appearances can be identified with certain behaviors, the root of that comes down to the way people act, not color.

      • ncpride

        Perhaps, but I particularly dislike blacks, and with good reason from personal experience. But no matter how nice or civilized an African is, I would never give my blessing to, and would in fact have no part of, any kin of mine that decided to race mix. And that WOULD be because of the color of their skin. For that, I make NO apologies.

  • Rocky Bass,

    “Not after dark”? Wouldn’t a better policy be, “Not TO DARK”?

  • Why are they delivering to Detoilet at all?

  • Ulick

    This is my all-time favorite in black people getting easily and nonsensically offended.  And, of course, corporte America caved to the absolutely assinine whining…
    “NAACP calls Hallmark graduation card racist”  (Video in link is great)
    CULVER CITY, Calif. (KABC) — A graduation card sold at local stores has been pulled from shelves after a civil rights group raised concerns about the content. The group claims the card’s micro-speaker plays a greeting that’s racist.
    It is a graduation greeting from Hallmark that says, “Hey world, we are officially putting you on notice.”
    Members of the Los Angeles NAACP did take notice. As characters known as “Hoops” and “Yoyo” banter on, African American leaders hear offensive language.
     “And you black holes, you are so ominous. Watch your back,” the card vocalizes.

    “That was very demeaning to African American women. When it made reference to African American women as whores and at the end, it says ‘watch your back,'” said Leon Jenkins of the Los Angeles NAACP.

    When Hallmark was reached by phone, they said the card is all a misunderstanding. The card’s theme is the solar system and emphasizes the power of the grad to take over the universe, even energy-absorbing black holes.

    The card company says the card speaks about the power the grad will wield.  “The intent here is to say that this graduate is not afraid of anything,” explained Hallmark spokesman Steve Doyal.

    But that’s not what some people heard.   “You hear the ‘r’ in there. ‘Whores,’ not, ‘holes.’ The ‘r’ is in there,” said Minnie Hatley of the Los Angeles NAACP.

    Hallmark sent Eyewitness News a transcript of what the card says, but Hatley says that the actual audio raises questions.  “It sounds like a group of children laughing and joking about blackness, again,” said another NAACP member.

    Hallmark is now notifying all of its stores to pull the card. Walgreens and CVS are doing the same.
    “In any situation where there is a circumstance that we need to be sensitive to, we try to learn from that experience,” said Doyal.

  • Rocky Bass,

    I know it will drive up the delivery costs, and one BETTER TIP, but maybe there would be a market for gunship delivered pizza?
    Pizza guaranteed 20 mins or less, and to be as HOT as any LZ it’s called in to!

  • Walking_On_The_Moon

    To those blacks who are offended that a business puts their employees’ lives ahead of your eating convenience, I say this: I was born in Detroit, and lived there for 25 years. I watched an incredibly great and wonderful city that my people built, turn into a crime ridden corrupt sewer, at the hands of your people’s incompetence and uncivilized behavior. And I wouldn’t let my employees go into that hell hole in the day time, let alone at night.

    • Anonymous

      Black people’s feelings and their right to harm you or kill you exceeds your right to personal safety.  Where have you been, Whitey?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Maybe they need new delivery cars:

    • godzillabloggs

      It was said (not entirely seriously) that during the troubles in Belfast,  employers would advertise jobs as rear gunners on milk vans.  That might be a good idea for Detroit.

  • People need to stop apologizing for being racist, since race has value and it is perfectly valid to care about race.

    Race has value, I make distinctions in the interest of my race as I do other things that are important. 

    YOu wouldn’t want someone to disrespect their racial heritage??? Would you?????

  • bubo

    Off the top of my head from stories on the internet I can recall just recently: 

    blacks killing a Chinese delivery man to steal his food in North Carolina

    blacks raping and beating a woman delivering pizza in Dallas

    blacks killing a young white guy delivering pizza in St. Louis

    black females killing a white woman delivering pizza by stabbing her 80 times in Georgia

    and countless other attacks over the years, including one in my town where 13 year old blacks 

    murdered a white woman delivering pizza.

    If you are like me and notice a distinct pattern, consider yourself a racist,  like me.   

  • No cause for alarm, because like all animals, blacks will adapt to the changes and learn to rob pizza drivers in daylight hours

  • JackKrak

    So about 90% of urban Detoilet is on food stamps or gets some other handout but they have money for pizza delivery?
    Silly me – OF COURSE they do. Along with their rims, nails, hair, Air Jordans, gold teeth, etc.

  • Born_In_The_Pineywoods

    If they were to only deliver between 7AM and noon, they would never have to worry about blacks at all.

  • Herman

    And of course black people in Detroit (and everyway else) won’t tip the people who deliver the pizza.

  • blight14

     What is SO funny is to read the comments on A&E’s ‘The First 48′, its about 99% black perps yet the consensus among blacks posting comments are almost all positive….’best show ever’, ‘love the program’, etc…..rarely will one be bright enough to see the obvious…..

  • Good for them!  Bantu don’t tip anyways!

  • Carney3

    “Is that ‘racism’, or common sense?”

    What’s the difference?