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 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."
Good for Tony, a man with conviction.
You can bet upper management won't be working, other than to fire people.
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.
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