The internet is a powerful tool and it is available to anyone. The little guy has a voice that can be heard by millions without first having to be heard by the corporate interests which control the mainstream media.
Yesterday we reported the case of Tony Rohr who had worked at an Elkhart, Indiana Pizza Hut store for more than ten years, starting out as a cook and working his way up to general manager.
Rohr had been ordered to open his store today and require his employees to work on Thanksgiving day, one of two days out of the year that they had always been sure of having off, he refused. When the company told him to do it or submit his resignation he refused to do either, instead submitting a letter saying that they would have to fire him because he would not quit for doing the right thing.
The company, of course, insisted that he had not been fired and that he had resigned.
The story went viral not only on the internet but drawing the attention of the major news outlets across the country and the predictable outrage rapidly became a public relations nightmare for Pizza Hut.
We are happy to report that Tony truly does have something to be thankful for today, on Thanksgiving, Pizza Hut has announced that his termination has been rescinded and that his firing was an “unfortunate situation.”
The corporate offices of Pizza Hut told CNN that their franchises have the option of closing or staying open on Thanksgiving and that the vast majority choose to close. They said that this particular franchise, “made a serious error in judgment, one which we hope to help remedy.”
The corporate office sent this statement to CNN:
“We fully respect an employee’s right to not work on a holiday, which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving. As a result, we strongly recommended that the local franchisee reinstate the store manager and they have agreed. We look forward to them welcoming Tony back to the team.”
Rohr has not said whether or not he will accept the offer to return to his job but the company has done the right thing in offering him the opportunity to do so.