Guy Starts Robbery, Changes Mind, Gets Free Pizza
He breaks down, says family is hungry
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 23, 2013 3:43 PM CST
Updated Jan 27, 2013 7:00 PM CST
Papa John's Founder and CEO John Schnatter.   (Photo: Business Wire)

(Newser) – A man who apparently summoned the courage to rob a Montana pizzeria changed his mind as the clerk started to hand him money, broke down crying, and ended up leaving with a pizza to feed his hungry family. Just after midnight one night this week, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a bandanna across his face entered a Papa John's and handed the clerk a note demanding money, police say.

The cashier started to comply, but then the man started crying and said he was just trying to provide for his family. The clerk offered to make a pizza and some chicken wings, and the man waited while the food was cooked before leaving. Police are trying to locate the would-be robber, though they aren't sure what, if any, charges he might face. "We'd hate to have him do this again," says Helena's police chief.

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Jan 28, 2013 2:49 PM CST
If anyone can empathize with someone who cannot provide for their family, it is someone in the service industry.
Jan 28, 2013 11:54 AM CST
God bless Papa Johns and their employees. I'm not a huge fan of their pizza but they continue to prove over and over that they are a great organization with truly American values.
Jan 28, 2013 6:19 AM CST
Good thing he needed food and not health care