Please, Domino’s, We Need To Know: What Constitutes “Misuse Of The Pizza”?

One of the main reasons we here at Consumerist HQ love our readers so much? You’re all very good at reading the fine print. And sometimes, as a result, we get to consider what’s going on in the brains of companies’ legal departments. For example, the terms of Domino’s pizza giveaway going on right now includes a clause regarding “misuse of the pizza.” Oh, please, Domino’s, do tell. 

Consumerist reader Justin points to the giveaway of 1,000 pizzas twice a day until June 28, which carries the following provision in the terms of the contest (bolding ours):

“By receipt of a medium, 2-topping Handmade Pan Pizza, participant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, inc. […] from and against any claim or cause of action including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Giveaway or receipt or misuse of the pizza.”

We  reached out to Domino’s to get to the bottom of this, but before we go there, Justin had a few ideas.

“Is it misuse if I fold it, since it’s not a Brooklyn style pizza? Is it misuse to remove the toppings? Am I misusing it if I eat the crust first?”

Other ways one might be likely to misuse the pizza: Sitting on it, throwing it on the garage roof Walter White style, refusing to eat it until it empties the dishwasher, telling it you love it but then simply not returning phone calls or text messages… We could go on forever.

The official word from Domino’s? Nothing specific, alas. A spokesman tells Consumerist:

“In the world of social media — especially with a program that may involve posting photos, etc. — we have seen it all. And I’ll just leave it at that. Hence, the reason for noting the possibility of misuse of pizza.”

That still leaves room for the possibility of convincing the pizza to get married and then leaving it at the altar, though.