Walter Olson at Overlawyered excerpted this passage with the headline Shot if you do, sued if you donâ€™t
â€?Thereâ€™s no doubt delivering food is a risky job â€” it routinely ranks on the U.S. Bureau of Laborâ€™s most-dangerous jobs list â€” and after last weekâ€™s much-publicized robbery of a Chinese food deliveryman, some restaurants might be inclined to avoid delivery to high-crime areas. But in doing so, restaurants might open themselves up to civil litigation regulating anti-discrimination practices, essentially creating a catch-22 for the businesses, legal experts said.â€? [Delivering food is a risky job, but denying service could be catch-22, experts say, Harrisburg Patriot-News, August 25, 2010]
Of course, the problem of lawsuits only exists because the high-crime areas are also minority areas. The story goes on:
"Not delivering food to a certain area of the city could be construed as redlining, a discriminatory practice most often involving lenders that refused to lend money or extend credit to borrowers in low-income parts of a city. Lenders would draw red lines around a certain neighborhood on a map where they would refuse to give mortgages because they believed the risk of default to be too high.â€?If a business denies service to a particular area and that area was found to be mostly minorities, someone could file a complaint and they would have to respond to that,â€? said Shannon Powers, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. â€?It could be established that they are denying service based on race even if they donâ€™t say theyâ€™re denying based on race.â€?
This is true, and this has been going on for years—see Your Pizza or Your Life, American Renaissance,
November 2002. The question arose in Harrisburg after two "Harrisburg teens" (
race unstated) attempted to rob a Chinese food delivery man. (race also unstated, the word Chinese in this reference modifies "food"
.) After being punched in the face and struck on the head with a glass bottle, the delivery man fired one round, wounding a teen in the shoulder, to general applause.
And you`ll notice that even if the press won`t say who`s robbing who, Shannon Powers knows what`s going on.