By Vic Diaz (@TheVicDiaz)
A general manager of a Pizza Hut restaurant in Elkhart, IN says he was fired for refusing to keep his store open on Thanksgiving day. Tony Rohr, a ten-year employee of the restaurant, declined a mandatory corporate order to remain open on Nov. 28, and stated that his motives to close his store were to take care of his employees.
Rohr told a local television station, “I said, ‘Why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they can have the day off?'”
Rohr said that after making this statement, the Pizza Hut corporate office forced him to sign a letter of resignation, to which he expressly responded, “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. I hope you realize that it’s the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.”
The former Pizza Hut employee continued to express his concern for his fellow workers, “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.”
Local news stations have not heard a response from Pizza Hut for comment.