Coupons a Boon to Homeless Domino's Promotion Meant Pizza Parties

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Coupons a Boon to Homeless Domino's Promotion Meant Pizza Parties


1993, Los Angeles Times, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


The homeless of Santa Monica have been dining on a fine string of pizza parties this summer.

The host is Ron Taylor, a self-styled "Dumpster diver" who lives off other people's discards. Thus did he discover how folks often threw out Domino's delivery boxes that still contained coupons good for free pizzas, part of a summer promotion.

Then he decided to spread the wealth.

Collecting the discarded boxes from around Santa Monica, he began holding impromptu parties for the homeless: on street corners, in parks and on the City Hall lawn, where many camped out to protest a park closure law.

He ordered pizzas, as well, for reclusive homeless women who shun food lines and normally dine on garbage from the Dumpsters.

"I want to show there doesn't have to be a city or county government to help," said Taylor. "We can all do it." Taylor is a former truck driver from Bakersfield, Calif., whose luck turned sour after an accident in 1985.

For a while it looked like the party was over: a local Domino's began balking at giving away a lot of free pizza to people who weren't exactly paying customers.

But the Santa Monica City Attorney's office was soon on the case, insisting that the homeless not be denied their free lunch, threatening lawsuits and even confronting Domino's with a "precedent" from pop culture - how its pizza was delivered to a sewer grate in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. …

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