Pizza Hut manager fired for taking back Thanksgiving

Tony Rohr says he was canned for refusing to open his Indiana store on the holiday. The company isn't commenting.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 27, 2013 3:35PM

Credit: © Larry Downing/Reuters

Caption: A Pizza Hut logo is pictured outside its restaurant

By Katie Little, CNBC


As more restaurants open on Thanksgiving to boost sales, one Pizza Hut manager decided that he'd had enough.

 

And the move cost him his job, according to Tony Rohr.

 

After working his way up from cook to general manager, Rohr was fired, he said, for refusing to open his Elkhart, Ind., store on Thanksgiving, which he was told was mandatory. Pizza Hut is owned by Yum Brands (YUM).

 

"I just decided I wasn't going to agree to it," Rohr said. "All of these people the whole year had been told they were going to have the day off."


He said that in his 10 years with the company, this was the first time any location has asked him to work on Thanksgiving.


Many spots are opening on the national holiday in an effort to squeeze out extra sales from holiday shoppers.

 

"They just said it was a competitive decision and that everyone was open, so we will be, too," Rohr added. "I said, 'Why can't we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and let them have the day off?'"


He has not been in touch with the chain since his termination, he said. Pizza Hut did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.


Despite being laid off right before the holiday season, Rohr has no regrets.


"No, not at all," he said. "I'm glad I did that."

 
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354Comments
Nov 27, 2013 4:00PM
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Good for Tony, a man with conviction.

 

You can bet upper management won't be working, other than to fire people.

Nov 27, 2013 3:50PM
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Pretty pathetic on Pizza Hut's part.
Nov 27, 2013 4:00PM
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I wish more people had this attitude. Good Job Tony.
Nov 27, 2013 4:07PM
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Pathetic, indeed!  I used to frequent Pizza Hut regularly (weekly).  As a result of this, I will no longer be buying anything from Pizza Hut.  While I understand that there are those who may not have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, everyone should already have their alternative planned by now.

Odd as it sounds, I will be more vigorous in my support and shopping of those companies that have made a conscious decision to close on Thanksgiving while stopping my support and shopping at those retailers that will be open on Thanksgiving.

There is no good reason why any of these retailers need to be open on Thanksgiving.
Nov 27, 2013 3:57PM
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Thanksgiving is a holiday for EVERY Citizen unless crucial to welfare and/or protection (such as Police, Fire, and Healthcare to cite several obvious examples). Please stay home or just visit friends and family; if no one solicits these un-American retail businesses open on Thanksgiving, they will not be open next year since their only motivation is money. A happy and free Holiday to all, and a heartfelt Thank You to all those working to serve the welfare and safety of America on T-Day!  
Nov 27, 2013 4:05PM
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I'm blacklisting any store, and not just on Thanksgiving Day, that treats employees this way. 
Nov 27, 2013 4:14PM
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Nice to see someone who believes in standing up for what is right. Pizza Hut will never see another penny from me. I truly hope someone steps up and offers this man a job. I am guessing he is an awesome employee because he thinks of someone other than himself!!!!!
Nov 27, 2013 4:02PM
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like I'm going to eat pizza on thanksgiving!
Nov 27, 2013 4:02PM
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who wants pizza on Thanksgiving anyway?  loser company.  real loyalty to their employees.
Nov 27, 2013 4:21PM
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Boycott Pizza Hut, maybe that way staying open will cost them money instead of making money. Lesson learned
Nov 27, 2013 4:14PM
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Good for him.  I'm sorry that it cost him his job, but I'm glad he raised the awareness.  I worked at a pizzeria through high school and early college, and we would never even consider being open for either Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. After expenses, it really wasn't even profitable to have the doors open on those days anyhow.
Nov 27, 2013 4:19PM
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SHAME on Pizza Hut!!! Add them to the list of all the other looser stores I won't support because of making their employees work on Thanksgiving
Nov 27, 2013 4:29PM
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Good for him. I hope somone hires him. He obviously has work ethic. I will be shopping at stores that give employees Thanksgiving off. It is absurd, all of these Fast Food places opening on Thanksgiving.

 

Black Friday is such a joke.

Nov 27, 2013 4:19PM
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Good Job tony for standing up to the man. I don't see the CEO of companies working on any holiday, just us under paid and  over worked worker. Maybe if they worked and the employee sat at home, none of these places will be open
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Corporate greed reveals itself yet again! Boycott all these stores open on Turkey day!
Nov 27, 2013 4:34PM
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If they want to open fine but let all higher up people work those day's and let the hard working employee's off  I would like to see management do all the work employee's do.
Nov 27, 2013 4:38PM
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More people would work and enjoy life if employers didn't go out of their way to make jobs so miserable.
Nov 27, 2013 4:31PM
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Too bad he lost his job, but it was the right decision.   All these restaurants and stores that want to open on Thanksgiving are just out of line.  As far as Pizza Hut goes, as another poster commented, who the heck wants pizza on Thanksgiving anyway, let alone Pizza Hut pizza?  I pretty sure all the independent restaurants in my area will be closed for the day.  There's even one pizza place near my home that still stays closed on Sundays.  Imagine that.
Nov 27, 2013 3:58PM
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pathetic product, pathetic management. pathetic customer base...


Nov 27, 2013 4:26PM
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i wish pizza suck would go away...and take their crap with them...ate there once...squirts for three days
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