Pizza Hut customers across the United States are boycotting the franchise for firing a manager for giving Thanksgiving Day off to its employees.
Pizza Hut fired the Elkhart, Indiana, store manager for closing the store on Thanksgiving and giving the employees the day off. Now that the national news and social media outlets have taken notice corporate officials are taking back the firing and claiming Manager Tony Rohr quit.
“Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they’re closed in the whole year and they’re the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families,” Rohr told a local news station.
Formerly a cook at the restaurant 10 years ago, Rohr worked his way up to management and was told Thanksgiving was mandatory this year. In a meeting with upper management he asked, "Why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they can have the day off?"
After Rohr refused to open the store, he was given a resignation letter to sign. He says, “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,” he wrote in a letter to the company. “I hope you realize that it’s the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.”
When local news WSBT spoke with one of Rohr’s supervisors who said the man was not fired but that he quit.
Pizza Hut patrons are not happy with this treatment of the manager and employees and are now boycotting Pizza Hut. It's the people at the bottom of the proverbial totem pole who will decide the outcome for Pizza Hut financially.
Pizza Hut Facebook page has seen criticism for for the company’s decision to open on Thanksgiving this year. Here are a few of those comments:
- Elaine L. Orr says, "I got up to cook some Thanksgiving food and saw the article. Shame on you for being open on Thanksgiving. I am done with Pizza Hut. I'm not kidding."
- Barbara Dunn-Duffy added, "I think all stores everywhere should be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas as it use to be out of respect to families that keep them open the rest of the year! My sons may be young but you forget that their Moms and Dads love to spend the holidays with them!"
- Richard Morse says, "You open on a day NOT famous for pizza consumption? Wow ! I hope the piddly amount you might bring in is worth losing year round customers.. Dumb move,a reputation as a greedy corporation is never a good one.. Now get back into the board room and figure out how to take away their Christmas too !
Time to tell all my friends and family to use a different place for pizza."
- Stephanie Anderson from Seattle, WA says, "Poor management. If you want to increase revenues create a superior product. Instead you skimp on quality ingredients and force your employees to work like slaves. This Pizza chain has lost my business."
Clearly Pizza Hut patrons from all across the U.S. are boycotting the business unless Tony Rohr gets his position back with the company. Is Pizza Hut listening to its customers? That depends on how thankful they are for their business nationwide.