THE PERILS OF PIZZA HUT

STRIVING TO PROTECT ITS DRIVERS, IT SENDS MIXED SIGNALS--AND NO PIES--TO A KANSAS CITY SCHOOL

The $450 order was phoned in four days in advance, and it sounded like one that any ambitious pizza deliverer would jump at: 40 large pies to Paseo Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, for a midday party for honor-roll students. To the school's surprise, Pizza Hut, the biggest pizza purveyor in town--and in the country--turned it down, saying the area was unsafe. A local chain, Westport Pizza, was more than happy to fill the order. Says honors dance major Glenndalynn Frazier, 17: "I knew we were supposed to have Pizza Hut, but it didn't stop us from having a good party."

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