Is it OK to order pizza delivery during a typhoon? We ask Japan’s big three pizza chains

Each time there’s a typhoon in Japan, it’s accompanied by a debate on social media. The subject: whether or not it’s OK to order a pizza and have it delivered during a typhoon.

On one side of the controversy are those that think it’s totally acceptable to get a pizza delivered during a typhoon. The entire point of getting food delivered is since it’s unpleasant or impractical to go get it yourself, and pizza places probably aren’t seeing loads of eat-in or pick-up customers on typhoon days, so extra delivery seem to be they’d be a welcome type of economic support. Then again, some argue that it’s too dangerous to be sending delivery people out in a typhoon, and that subjecting them to those risks by making a delivery order is insensitive.

Complicating things is the undeniable fact that that Japan experiences several typhoons a yr, which might range from feeling simply like storms with stronger than normal winds all the best way as much as natural disaster-level meteorological events. The identical typhoon may hit different parts of Japan at different strengths because it moves across the country.

During last weekend’s typhoon all of those considerations were rattling in our heads while our stomachs were rumbling. So we picked up the phone and called Japan’s big three pizza chains, Pizza-La, Pizza Hut, and Domino’s Pizza, not to position a delivery order but to ask if it’s OK to position a pizza delivery order during a typhoon. Here’s what they told us.

● Pizza-La

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“Our first priority is the security of our employees. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t have a blanket policy of shutting down all of our branches each time there may be a typhoon. The judgement of whether or not a branch can remain open, and whether or not they will safely offer delivery, is made not by our corporate office, but by the branches themselves.

Due to that, there could also be times when a customer wants to position an order however the branch will inform them that their food can’t be safely delivered, but when delivery orders are being taken, that’s th results of the branch judging that conditions are protected for the delivery staff. So while they could not give you the chance to accommodate you, it’s fantastic to call your local branch and ask in the event that they’re still offering delivery.”

● Pizza Hut

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“During a typhoon, our policy is for our branches to make worker safety their highest priority. In accordance with that, branches have the authority to suspend operations and delivery service by their very own judgement, and so if a branch is offering delivery, it’s OK to position a delivery order.

In [last weekends’] especially powerful typhoon, for instance, the vast majority of our branches in west Japan suspended delivery service. Some continued to permit pick-up orders, however the priority is employee safety, including their ability to return home safely, and when mandatory branches will close entirely during typhoons.”

● Domino’s Pizza

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“Our first priority is the security of our delivery staff. Each branch, after checking local weather warnings and conditions, makes its decision as as to whether or not it could actually safely complete delivery orders.

Nevertheless, within the case of powerful typhoons like [last weekend’s], our head office may make recommendations ahead of time that branches shorten their operating hours. Our of our 70 branches within the Kyushu area, around 60 of them shortened their hours or shut down entirely during [last weekend’s] typhoon.”

Thankfully none of the large three have a “Keep delivering those pizzas, regardless of how dangerous the weather is!” policy, and so they all allow individual branches, who best know what the present conditions are, to be those to suspend delivery service. And again, while the word “typhoon” can definitely sound scary for those who didn’t grow up in an element of the world where they’re an everyday occurrence, there really is a wide selection of possible storm strengths throughout the designation. The mentions of Kyushu and west Japan within the responses, for instance, are in light of the undeniable fact that most typhoons that occur in Japan come up from the southwest of the country and weaken as they blow east, which is why Tokyo generally experiences little or no typhoon damage.

As for the query of whether or not it’s OK to order delivery pizza in a typhoon, from a security standpoint not less than, it’s reassuring to know that any restaurant that’s still offering delivery is simply doing so in the event that they think it’s protected enough to achieve this, and there haven’t been any reports of accidents spiking amongst delivery drivers during typhoons, so it looks like those judgements are pretty sound. Still, with most pizza delivery people in Japan using scooters to get about, whoever brings you a typhoon pizza might be going to get pretty wet in the method, so you should definitely give them a pleasant, sincere “Thanks” for letting you stay dry and get full, must you resolve to ask for delivery.

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