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June 8, 2006 2:58 PM   Subscribe

Super hero pizza man defeats nefarious villain. A delivery driver for Galactic Pizza, a Minneapolis restaurant, recently defeated a purse-snatching neer-do-well with the assistance of some valiant bystanders. Galactic, which is dedicated to delivering pizza with a community- and environmentally-friendly oriented business model, delivers pizzas with 100% electric vehicles and purchases all their energy from renewable sources. Indeed, their vision of the future is refreshing to see from any American business. Oh, and their drivers wear super hero costumes, which seems more than appropriate considering the ethics of both their business and their heroic workers.
posted by baphomet (31 comments total)

 
Full disclosure: I live in Uptown Minneapolis. However, I have neither patronized Galactic Pizza nor been acquainted with anyone who works there. After learning about them through this story though, I do plan to spend my money there the next time I have a pizza delivered.

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posted by baphomet at 3:00 PM on June 8, 2006


This is a totally awesome story.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:11 PM on June 8, 2006


Awful lot of hemp on that menu. Dang hippies.
posted by uncleozzy at 3:18 PM on June 8, 2006


Awesome.
posted by scottq at 3:21 PM on June 8, 2006


Good story. Too bad their pizza isn't very good.
posted by mrbula at 3:22 PM on June 8, 2006


Cool story.

Their pizzas are pretty good. Definitely on par with Luce'. Ask the drivers about their afternoon special.
posted by infowar at 3:24 PM on June 8, 2006


must be me mrbula. :)
posted by infowar at 3:25 PM on June 8, 2006


Great scott, it's The Deliverator. Sort of.
posted by Western Infidels at 3:46 PM on June 8, 2006


This sounds like the kind of thing a superhero-costumed socially-conscious pizza place might -- juuuust might -- organize to massively publicize their operation.

Despite that attack of cynicism, I'd order pizza from a place that behaved like this... if the pizza was good anyway.
posted by abulafa at 3:47 PM on June 8, 2006


oh man...I wish I could get one of those delivered now! Why do I have to not live in Minneapolis? (That was a sentence I mever anticipated thinking/typing before)
posted by piratebowling at 3:49 PM on June 8, 2006


I like the pro-renewable rescourses aspect. It is things like this that, though small and seemingly insignificant, will change our industry, and dependence on oil.
posted by Raoul.Duke at 4:03 PM on June 8, 2006


I should order one of those sometime... I always see their funky little cars driving around, but when it comes time to order pizza, I usually go for Toppers.

Nice to see good things in this neighborhood, anyway.
posted by jiawen at 4:48 PM on June 8, 2006


"Look, we want you to express yourself, ok? If you think the bare minimum is enough, then ok. But some people choose to wear more and we encourage that, ok? You do want to express yourself, don't you?"

Having delivered pizzas as a teen, I am suprised somebody, somewhere managed to make service industry work more demoralizing and menial.
No, I take that back, I am not suprised.
posted by archae at 5:17 PM on June 8, 2006


Somebody is ripping off someone, here.

http://express.bloomington.com/

Superhero? Check.
Electric delivery mobile? Check.

Hmmm.
posted by wires at 6:27 PM on June 8, 2006


"electric delivery car," what the hell was that
posted by wires at 6:28 PM on June 8, 2006


Here's a photo of the type of car they use. The door/roof makes a cool sound when opening.

infowar, we tried Galactic a couple times just because we were impressed by their environmental approach, but, try as we might, we couldn't get ourselves to like their pizza. We love Luce, though.
posted by mrbula at 6:40 PM on June 8, 2006


Somebody is ripping off someone, here.

What about that idea of delivering pizzas to someone's home? They totally ripped that off.
posted by dhartung at 7:01 PM on June 8, 2006


This story sort of reminds me of Snowcrash and the protagonist, Hiro.
posted by Juggermatt at 7:02 PM on June 8, 2006


If the company encourages this sort of behavior on the part of their drivers, they're asking for a serious lawsuit.

I had a college roommate who was a bagger at a grocery store (Ralphs in San Diego) and chasing a shoplifter out of the store was grounds for immediate firing, cause if you got stabbed or shot or whatever or the shoplifter got hurt, you or they could sue the store (or so the line went).

That said, I'm a huge fan of vigilante-ism.

Ben
posted by rbs at 7:21 PM on June 8, 2006


Also, aren't those uniforms cold in the winter?
posted by rbs at 7:22 PM on June 8, 2006


All I have left to say is, imagine if you were the guy who totally thought you were getting away with taking some woman's purse. Then, as you make your escape, suddenly you're being chased by some guy in tights and a cape. You would be scared out of your bloody mind.

Also, I wonder if the guy would have done the same thing had he been dressed normally. Perhaps there is something about silly costumes that inspire the best in us.
posted by baphomet at 8:41 PM on June 8, 2006


I was just in Minneapolis last weekend. Bizzare place, full of hajab wearing somali women and Bicycle punk gangs. This dosn't suprise me in the least.
posted by delmoi at 9:52 PM on June 8, 2006


Their pizza is delicious and they have Two Hearted Ale on tap.
posted by cellphone at 11:52 PM on June 8, 2006


This would have made a better story if the robber had shot the delivery guy through the forehead, then gone back to get the woman just in case she could ID him, and then stolen the sad little delivery car and the pizza inside.

And if the robber's name was Guy Badde, of course.
posted by pracowity at 5:08 AM on June 9, 2006


Every pizza delivery man is a superhero to me. Just sayin'...
posted by jonp72 at 5:56 AM on June 9, 2006


Having to wear that outfit, though, is a bit much.

It's cute. It's funny. It's slightly humiliating.

I feel bad now about all the complaining I did when I had to wear a red visor at the bagel shop I worked in during college.
posted by tracy_the_astonishing at 8:11 AM on June 9, 2006


"I was just in Minneapolis last weekend. Bizzare place, full of hajab wearing somali women and Bicycle punk gangs. This dosn't suprise me in the least."

you didn't see the half of it delmoi.
posted by djseafood at 8:15 AM on June 9, 2006


"I was just in Minneapolis last weekend. Bizzare place, full of hajab wearing somali women and Bicycle punk gangs. This dosn't suprise me in the least."

You should see Duluth.
posted by COBRA! at 8:35 AM on June 9, 2006


@delmoi

Sounds like you were hanging around the West Bank. Which is where I was hanging out for part of the weekend. . .
posted by Ickster at 9:38 AM on June 9, 2006


It's cute. It's funny. It's slightly humiliating.

Presumably, everyone who works there applied voluntarily, and knew about the costumes.
posted by CrayDrygu at 9:27 PM on June 9, 2006


Also, aren't those uniforms cold in the winter?

Actually they wear long underwear under the spandex in the winter (I asked). And they ditch the little electric cars when it's snowing heavily or the streets are unplowed.

I like Galactic better than Pizza Luce ... I always found Luce's sauce too sweet. Now I live in St. Paul on Cathedral Hill and can't seem to find decent delivery pizza.

You should see Duluth.

Excellent.
posted by nathan_teske at 11:20 PM on June 9, 2006


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