In “Slice of Death,” Natalie Pompilio tells us about the dangers that food delivery people face, dangers like being held up, shot, and in the case of one man, scared into having a fatal heart attack.
What I liked about this story was the amount of really good information Pompilio puts in it. I found all of the statistics really really interesting because they go a long way toward explaining why you might have to go and pick up your pizza shop pizza if you live in a certain neighborhood.
For instance, none of us would ever think that being a pizza delivery person would be more unsafe than being a police officer or a fireman, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is.
I also liked how this story was written. You could feel the fear from the pizza delivery people and pizza shop owners who were interviewed for this piece. I thought that this section showed it best.
“Looking at his 11-year-old son, Reza, Zergani, owner of Golden Crust Pizza, in Mount Airy, said there was no way that he’d allow the boy to make deliveries when he was of age.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “Too dangerous.”
Another thing that made this story good was that it not only focused on the problem, it also told you what kinds of solutions that police are providing the pizza and takeout shops with to try and help keep them from harm’s way.
If there is one complaint that I would have with this story, it is the headline. While “Slice of Death” is catch, this story doesn’t need a headline like this to stand out.
– Denise Clay