Pizza Hut Manager Fired For Closing on Thanksgiving
A manager at the Elkhart, Indiana Pizza Hut was fired for refusing to open up his store tomorrow – on Thanksgiving.
While you and I are sitting down and carving up a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, Tony Rohr will be filling out job applications. Rohr, a manager at a Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana, was fired for refusing to open his store on the holiday. According to Rohr, the store has been closed every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past eight years. After ten years with the company, Rohr worked his way up to management and when his bosses told him the store was to open Thursday, he felt he should stick up for his employees.
WSBT quotes Rohr, “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.” His bosses felt different and asked Rohr to resign. Instead, WSBT states Rohr penned a letter to his bosses, saying “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 continues “”I hope you realize that it’s the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.” You can check out the full WSBT story by James Fillmore here.
We’ve had Thanksgiving controversy here in the Capital Region lately. Stores that tend to close on Thanksgiving have decided to open up tomorrow to get a head start on the Black Friday deals. Walmart, Target, Sears and others are set to open as early as 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving. While bargain shoppers are fans, store employees will have to cut their holiday meals short. Recent polls tend to show that most of us believe the stores should close on Thursday.
What do you think about Tony Rohr putting his job on the line in order for his employees to enjoy their Thanksgiving? Isn’t that what a good boss is supposed to do? If you were in his shoes, what would you do?