Free pizza for Rice jerseys in Baltimore
If you haven’t heard about the Ray Rice scandal yet, then the odds are decent you live under some sort of geological fixture. Regardless, the ubiquitous story seems to have even found its way into the world of culinary arts. Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks, a pizzeria located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood, is offering free pizzas in exchange for Ray Rice jerseys from disgruntled Ravens fans, according to the New York Daily News. The promotion, which will run through Sunday, Sept. 14, is in response to the recently leaked video of Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an elevator with a crushing blow to the face.
Rice, a former star running back for the Baltimore Ravens, had his contract terminated and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Monday, Sept. 8. He had initially been sentenced to a two game suspension following the allegations of domestic abuse, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. Stephanie Hershkovitz, co-owner of the local pizzeria, likened the promotion to a gun trade-in while speaking with the Journal.
“It’s kind of like a gun buy-back,” said Hershkovitz. “We thought it would be a great way to express our disgust at the whole thing.”
The Daily News reports that in addition to offering free pizza, the establishment is even donating $2.70 for each jersey received to the House of Ruth, a local charity benefiting battered women.
Students currently enrolled in cooking school online should take note of this sort of promotion. In one fell swoop, Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks has established itself as ardently against domestic violence and gotten its product into the hands of a larger customer demographic.