Several stores will be open during Thanksgiving this year, forcing their employees to neglect their families over the holiday. But one brave Pizza Hut store manager took a stand for his employees and decided to opt out of opening the store. He was immediately fired.
Tony Rohr has been with the company for ten years and has worked his way up from cook to general manager at a Pizza Hut branch in Elkhart, Indiana. But, after deciding to refuse to open on Thanksgiving, he lost his job.
“I said why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they can have the day off,” he told local CBS affiliate WSBT.
According to Rohr, the store, owned by the franchise giant Franchise Management Investors US, usually closes on Thanksgiving to allow employees time off to spend with their families. Rohr sent his bosses a letter of protest in regards to either open the store or sign a letter of resignation.
“I am not quitting. I do not resign however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company,” Rohr wrote in his letter. “I hope you realize that it’s the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.”
The franchisee’s director of operations stated that the decision to stay open on Thanksgiving was a direct order from corporate in response to other companies doing the same.
Pizza Hut’s corporate offices have remained quiet on the issue, but several of angry citizens have posted many concerns on the company’s Facebook page expressing their anger over Rohr’s termination. After we witnessed a Pizza Hut in Elm Grove, WV provide open support for a Tea Party rally, we thought there were no surprises left. Apparently we were wrong!