​Pizza Hut GM Fired For Refusing To Open On Thanksgiving Day​​

November 27, 2021

A Pizza Hut GM in Indiana was fired for refusing to open the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. Tony Rohr, who worked his way up from cook to manager at the pizza restaurant, in Elkhart, Ind., over 10 years.

Rohr said the company that owns the store dictated it be open for the holiday, and he denied their request.

“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 told WSBT 22. “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 to spend with their families.”

A Pizza Hut rep told the station that the decision to remain open on Thanksgiving wasn’t up to Rohr, and that it came from the corporate level.

Rohr wrote a letter venting his frustrations, saying: “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 added, “I hope you realize that it is the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.”
Later, the station got in touch with the director of operations for the local chain and he told the news station that Rohr did not get fired, but rather, he quit.

Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands, which also owns Taco Bell and KFC.