Religious pamphlets delivered with pizza orders

Andrea Stone says her pizza order came with a religious message. (Photo: Andrea Stone/Facebook)
Religious message with pizza delivery
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - How would you feel if you phoned in your order for a Domino's pizza and when it arrives, the delivery person drops off your pizza, a two-liter bottle, and a religious pamphlet?

That's what customers say happened when they ordered from one east Indianapolis Domino's Pizza store.

Andrea Stone posted a photo on her Facebook page showing the pizza and the pamphlet she got with it, that says "Eternal life is a free gift."

Stone says he told her, "'Here's your pizza, here's your two liter, here's your blessing' and hands me a pamphlet.

"Honestly, at first, I was just kind of dumbfounded. I didn't know what to say, I just kind of took my pizza and went inside. And as I sat and thought about it, I got more and more irritated."

Stone says she ordered the pizza from the Domino's location in the 1500 block of North Arlington. She says the pizza was delivered by a Domino's deliveryman named Steven and last week's delivery was the second time this happened.

"Just completely uncalled for (and) unprofessional. You don't know my religious beliefs. You don't know anyone's religious beliefs, for all you know I could not be religious at all, I could be Muslim, I could be Jewish, it's just disrespectful. I understand that where the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a thing, but I still think that, actually, for a big corporation like Domino's is to let their employees do something like that. I think that it's a big misstep."

Customer Christina Watson says she was shocked to get the pamphlet.

"To just be on company time, to walk up and try to promote your version of Christianity or Catholicism or whatever your religious beliefs are, I find that invasive, I find it intrusive and I find it slightly rude," she said.

"It's not an anti-Christian thing, it's an anti-proselytization thing. I'm a paying customer. I don't want a side of your religion when I'm ordering pizza," Stone added.

Watson says she has had several interactions with the delivery driver in the past, but the religious literature was a first.

"He has visited me at least 20 times in the last two years, never given me a pamphlet never said 'God bless you.' I don't know why he did it this time," she said.

Eyewitness News was able to talk with Steven on the phone. He says two weeks ago he was shot at on the job and that changed his thinking about life. That's when he says he started handing out the pamphlets, but hasn't received complaints from customers about it until now.

He says he talked with the director of operations from Domino's, who has asked him to stop handing out pamphlets. He has agreed to do so.

A Domino’s corporate spokesman said in a statement to Eyewitness News that it contacted the local franchise owner about the matter saying, "We are a publicly traded company that does not subscribe to or endorse any single religion."

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