Pizza driver chases stone-throwing boy
A PIZZA delivery man drove across a garden and on a driveway to chase a young boy who had thrown stones at his scooter, according to witnesses.
Lynne Stuart, who lives in Canterbury Road, Kennington, said: “In his effort to chase the young boy the delivery driver drove straight across our front garden and then chased the boy down the driveway.
“My husband Nic was shouting over the fence and moving from the back garden into the front garden. He went down to the front of our driveway but the driver had sped away and there was no sign of the young boy.”
Mrs Stuart immediately telephoned the Ashford Dominos Pizza branch and, after some delay, has had a written apology and explanation.
She said: “Whilst I do not condone the young boy’s behaviour I do not believe that throwing a stone at someone on a motorbike gives the driver a right to drive across private property and a garden in an effort to track down the perpetrator.”
Mrs Stuart feared the delivery man could have injured her children.
She said: “Only 10 minutes before this incident I had been getting my nine-year-old and two-year-old daughters out of the car and they had been walking up the driveway on their own while I followed behind.
“I could never have anticipated a motorbike being driven at speed up my driveway and the consequences of the driver’s actions could have been a great deal more significant if this incident had coincided with our arrival home.”
Aga Matysiak, the manager of Ashford Dominos, wrote an email to Mrs Stuart and said: “We understand the worries you must have about your children and can only keep apologising for the driver’s behaviour towards the children.
“After this incident we spoke to all of our drivers and told them to be extra aware about children being around and to be extra safe about themselves and the public around them.”
The incident, which happened at 7.15pm on Tuesday, February 24 was reported to the police by the family.