Hunger pain: Local eateries say problems for deliverymen at Fort Hamilton Army Base are nothing new

Better tip well: Local deliverymen hate fulfilling orders for Fort Hamilton Army Base because the guards are often tough on them, according to workers at local eateries a week after the federal immigration agency detained a deliveryman whose family fears he’ll be deported.
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It’s a tough spot to make a delivery.

The guards at Fort Hamilton Army Base routinely give a tough time to deliverymen — especially those who are non-White — alleged workers at local eateries that frequently make deliveries to the base, where the federal government detained an undocumented pizza deliveryman on June 1.

A waitress at Campania, a pizzeria at Fourth Avenue and 99th Street, said their Arab deliverymen hate going to the base for daily deliveries because they feel targeted by the guards.

“They always give the delivery guys a problem — it’s the same kids who deliver every day, but they still give them a hard time,” said Brittany Ryan. “Mostly they do it to the Arab kids, and most of them don’t like to go to the base because of that.”

Ryan said the guards at the base search the deliverymen and their cars exhaustively — even though the guards know the same few deliverymen who make the routine visits.

“They stop them, they search their cars, they make them step out — even though they deliver every day,” she said. “It’s bull----. They get a $1, $2 tip. It’s not even worth it half the time.”

But the eatery can’t refuse to deliver to the base, Ryan said, because they rely on their large — and frequent — catering orders.

“We can’t [stop delivering] — they do a lot of catering,” she said.

A worker at Molto Bene, a pizzeria at Fourth Avenue and 96th Street, said the guards’ stringent searches of their deliverymen stretched back years, when the guards began cracking down on visitors following the 9-11 attacks in 2001 — even though the restaurant also always sends the same deliveryman to the base, which the worker said should streamline the entry process.

“They give us a hard time,” said Antonio Carrillo. “Since 9-11 it’s more strict, but most of the time it’s the same person.”

The spokeswoman from the base did not answer inquiries by press time about the protocol for receiving deliveries there, how that protocol has changed since 2001, and whether or not the guards receive any anti-bias training.

Spokeswoman Cathy Santo Pietro previously said in a statement that the deliveryman — Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, from Nonna Delia’s pizzeria in Queens — lacked the proper identification required for entry, and that he had to sign a waiver allowing the background check required to receive a one-day pass, at which point base personnel discovered an active warrant on file from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, to which they turned him over.

But Calderon later told the New York Post that he never signed the waiver allowing for the background check.

The owner of Mike’s Deli, on Fourth Avenue between 95th and 96th streets, said his longtime practice has been to have customers on the base meet his deliverymen at the entry gate, so they don’t have to deal with the guards and their exhaustive search process.

“We tell them to meet us at the gate to avoid problems like this,” said George Loparnos. “We’ll still send people — as long as they meet us at the gate.”

A worker at Espresso Pizzeria, on Fifth Avenue between 94th and 95th streets, said he would also only continue delivering pies to the base if his deliverymen could hand them over off of the federal property.

“I’d send them to the gate — but that’s it,” said John, who declined to give his last name.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 5:43 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

J.J. from Bay Ridge says:
Glad to know that the MP's at the base are doing their jobs and protecting lives. Shocking story..whats next a article on how TSA are frisking grandma and looking in her denture cream? How bout a story on Double parking on 86th or potholes or how dirty the neighborhood has become over the years?
June 11, 2018, Noon
Timothy from Brooklyn Heights says:
Meeting at the gate is sensible. Just as tenants go downstairs to the lobby to for deliveries, once the doorman has buzzed up.
June 11, 2018, 12:19 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
The amount of hatred and bigotry displayed towards members of our military is the story here. The “let them eat rations” crowd will be dancing in the streets if there a terrorist attack on the fort. Thankfully there are enough patriotic Americans left to keep the America hating liberals in a tiny minority.
June 11, 2018, 1:07 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Was Pablo driving a car with no license to deliver the pizza? If so, that is messed up and the pizza place he worked for should be fined too!
June 11, 2018, 2:51 pm
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
The amount of hatred and bigotry displayed towards immigrant members of our society is the real story here. The “make America great again” crowd should remind themselves what "the melting pot" and "America" means. Thankfully there are enough patriotic Americans left to keep the racists trump supporters in a tiny minority.
June 11, 2018, 3:38 pm
Penny Peabody from Bk says:
What could a reasonable person expect - trying to enter a military facility without ID, with an outstanding warrent, while illegally remaining in the country and consenting to a background check - of course it had to be deadly with.
That man is a clear example of why the base guards need to check. It’s mostly because of the nerve (and sheer numbers) of these law breakers.
June 11, 2018, 5:04 pm
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
Bill from Bay Ridge is a sore loser.
June 11, 2018, 9:34 pm
Robert from Sea Gate says:
Good work,apprehending a criminal who was tried and deported,yet illegal.Protect our troops.GOD bless Americs
June 11, 2018, 9:59 pm
Lynn from Fort Greene says:
They have this weird habit of stopping criminals and people in violation of Federal Laws. Why could that be??
In order to determine who is who, they need to sometimes investigate who is entering - also mystifying!
June 12, 2018, 3:10 am
Mitzi from Mill Basin says:
I am sure my beloved late husband Morris would tell the bigots here what he would do with him. No doubt he is now in Heaven, giving the haters, the worthless dirt, the disgusting animals who love racism the hell they deserve. I cannot write with as much emotion and passion as he had, but I am also on the side of those who are discriminated against and I only wish my Morris were alive and that you hateful were commenters were dead in his place. Thank you.
June 12, 2018, 11:01 am
Mustafa Khant from Atlantic Avenue says:
Illegal alien is the definition, as defined by the law.

These people are not undocumented. They have documents - but those documents are not from this country.

Pick a country you'd like to set up shop in and get back to me.
June 12, 2018, 12:56 pm
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
Wrong, get an education.
June 12, 2018, 1:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Referring to illegal immigrants as illegal immigrants is now racism? And people wonder why the entire rust belt turned their backs to the looney left. Keep talking Bill, let everyone know just how insane the moonbat libs are.
June 12, 2018, 3:03 pm
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
Awww, Henry can you show us on the doll where the mean liberal touched you?
June 12, 2018, 3:23 pm
Jennifer from Virginia says:
Fort Hamilton -- Good luck getting Pizzas delivered next time! Yes, he had an illegal resident deportation order, but the more recent pending application for Permanent Residence would invalidate (or at least put on hold) the older deportation order. This happens is most areas of law. As the judge said, he has a valid reason to stay in the US while his petition for permanent, LEGAL, residency was evaluated. He will likely be approved for his application too, since he has no prior criminal record in US and is married to a US Citizen, just like Melania, who got her US permanent residency after marrying Trump. Don't forget that import!
July 25, 2018, 4:14 pm

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