Skip to comments.Man says he was fired for refusing to work Thanksgiving (Pizza Hut)
Posted on 11/27/2013 10:58:34 AM PST by MeganC
ELKHART - Many stores and restaurants will be open this year on Thanksgiving Day, and one local man says he lost his job because of it. Tony Rohr worked at Pizza Hut for more than ten years, but says he was fired recently because he refused to open on Thanksgiving. He says he doesn't think people should have to work on a holiday like Thanksgiving. He started at Pizza Hut as a cook and worked his way up to being a general manager of the Jackson Boulevard Pizza Hut in Elkhart.
He was told opening on Thanksgiving this year was mandatory, so at a meeting with his superiors he decided to take a stand.
"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?'"
Tony says it wasn't about him. It was about his employees. He told his bosses that he would not open the restaurant he managed on Thanksgiving.
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Pizza Hut is now in my "No Buy Zone" after this.
Look on the bright side: with the experience he has, he can open his own pizza joint and keep it closed on Thanksgiving.
Well come on man, they gotta stay open! Gotta pay all them taxes to support illegals and the welfare breeding cows not to mention the Obamacare scam.
Those franchise holders will come to regret it when their PO-ed employees fall prey to the siren song of Leftism and join a union, or elect somebody like Elizabeth Warren as President.
Some of our problems with leftism are the result of us p*ssing in our own pool IMO.
I worked at Pizza Hut and we were open on Thanksgiving. You had your choice of shift and they were short and we did not open until 3PM.
why would they want a pizza hut to be open on thanksgiving? I thought places were staying open for the shoppers.
better yet- who buys pizza hut pizza on Thanksgiving??? (nevermind the other 364 days of the year)...
Now I never ordered a pizza for Thanksgiving, but some people do. It's a waste of money to have people working if there is no demand.
I understand your point, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter one whit. Anyone likely to go Leftist will do so, regardless. They’ll just find another “excuse.”
You mean you’ve never had pizza topped with turkey and dressing? Or their delicious cranberry pizza? Or the all time favorite... green bean casaroll pizza... Oh man... :)
I don’t work at Pizza Hut and I’ll be home tomorrow enjoying the holiday with my family.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that people are needed to work on the holiday at important jobs like the military, police, hospitals, and etc.
But Pizza Hut?
And, like I said, you know for damn sure that the executives of that company will all be home enjoying their holiday while the peons have to work.
In this case you are exactly right.
Surely his contract is specific on work time requirements. If there is a provision that work on Thanksgiving is required, he has no beef. If not, then use labor law to redress his grievance. But if he wants to take the extra dough as a manager, he takes the duties as well.
Whether it is wise for the company to remain open on Thanksgiving is a separate matter.
That’s weird. At Domino’s, many years ago, I opened on Thanksgiving. I had one delivery. The girl who closed had one delivery. I’m surprised any pizza places are open on Thanksgiving anymore.
When I worked in restarunts, you worked on the holidays - because the stores made money on those days. And yes, people will eat out on Thanksgiving, even pizza.
Were they able to see over the counter or did they suddenly sprout after 3?
Oh, yeah. I always requested weekends and holidays. Not for the time-and-a-half, but to free up someone who had family obligations.
I worked in a casino in Missouri. We were open all the time, and nothing says “happy birthday Jesus” like doubling down on a soft 16.
I think the guy should be fired.
Thanksgiving day involves a lot of football which caters to Pizzas.. People can have thanksgiving lunch during day and order pizza/wings at night.
He was General Manager. He could of asked his assistant GM to fill in for him. Instead he said the store was closed, which is the owner’s decision.
“If you work in the business, you know going in that it comes with the territory.”
Bingo. You want holidays off? Work in a different industry.
People really want their turkey and dressing pizza with a pumpkin pie shake, (cranberry sauce optional).
“And, like I said, you know for damn sure that the executives of that company will all be home enjoying their holiday while the peons have to work.”
Oh, the horror! I bet the executives also fly in private jets while the peons have to fly coach. I even heard that the executives get their own bathrooms and don’t have to use the cruddy ones in the restaurants like the peons do.
I have no sympathy for him.
My dad ran his own business and had to be on call 365 days per year. He often had to go out on major holidays. It was the nature of the job.
Pizza Hut may be a crappy restaurant but it’s still a restaurant. A lot of food service businesses are open on thanksgiving. This isn’t the same as opening stores on the holiday.
If doesn’t want to work in thanksgiving he shouldn’t work in the good service industry
So instead he will sit in his nice, warm house, supported by people working that day for the gas and electric utilities. He will no doubt turn on the TV, since there are people working at the station to bring him programming. He might watch a football game, played in a stadium filled with people working on Thanksgiving. If, God forbid, he chokes on a turkey bone then his family can call the 911 operator, working on the holiday, who will dispatch the paramedics, working on the holiday, to take him to the emergency room where the doctors and nurses, working on the holiday, will take care of him.
But if he wants a pizza then he's out of luck.
There are a lot of people who work on Thanksgiving (or any of the Holidays for that matter).
It goes with having a job.
On those times when I had to work on Thanksgiving (I was in the medical field at the time) we just delayed dinner until I got home
There are things you need to stand up for and fight, and there are some fights that are not worth winning.
This is one of them. Sorry he lost his job, but then I guess he will have more time with his family.
I was in the Air Force for 20 years, and worked 25 years after that, till I retired 2 months ago. For those 45 years, I was a shift worker, nights, holidays, weekends. I did not necessarily like it, but I knew it going in, and sucked it up, and just did my job. It came with the territory.
Nothing like carving the Thanksgiving pizza.
Yup, “no buy zone”. Their pizza is garbage anyway.
Most people are pretty much apolitical. Stuff like this that cheeses them off is what pushes them into the enemy camp.
Contract? wtf are you talking about?
I concur. Don’t like the line of work, choose another.
Ah, yes. Thanksgiving is all about football.
Silly me, I thought it was about giving thanks to God for all of the blessing He has bestowed upon us.
I also appreciate being educated on the tradition of ordering chicken wings from a pizza place on Thanksgiving evening.
Is that real?
2. Guy disobeys his bosses request even knowing he could get fired.
3. Guy gets fired.
Where is the part I'm supposed to feel bad for him?
I appreciate your service and sacrifice for our country.
Now, do you think that working at a Pizza Hut equates to what you did? I don’t.
(My first Christmas in the USAF found me on CQ duty all night. Good experience at toughing up a bit as a teen.)
I’m afraid working on holidays goes with the job. And having worked there that long, he knew that. As manager, he could let those workers off who really needed it for family reasons. The only result of this will be he’s out of a job, and a less considerate and probably less knowledgeable manager will take his place.
My idea of a good Thanksgiving is not to take my kids to Pizza Hut to celebrate, but there are people who do, or they wouldn’t stay open.
You feel the same about the military taking off Thranksgiving? How about the hospital, police station, fire station? Would you want them to send home prisoners so the guards could enjoy turkey at lunch? When the cable goes out 30 seconds after the football game starts wouldn't you be on the phone complaining there aren't workers repairing the signal immediately? Would you deny a poor working stiff from getting a paycheck because you think they should be home? It's not like employees are already being hurt by hours and insurance being cut but you want them to close Pizza Hut or whatever business so they lose a day of pay. Who knew there was an official hour that the turkey must be carved. Noon, mid afternoon or a late dinner doesn't matter.
I don't think that's necessarily a good assumption. I work in IT, and am on a rotating on-call schedule for resolving reported problems with the network. In my experience it's not at all uncommon to have a problem reported on holidays and weekends by an executive who's working, either remotely from home or on-site.
Yup. Fire one poor shlubb to put fear into the populous. That’s gotta be one of the Alynski points. We will make an example of you.
(Yours was better, btw)
This why I don’t go out and spend on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
1. You have a job.
2. Your boss orders you to work on Christmas, your kid’s wedding day, the day of your mother’s funeral, the day after you have open heart surgery...(pick one)...and you disobey knowing you can get fired.
3. You get fired.
Where’s the part where you’ll expect people to feel sorry for you? Because you will.
Do unto others...
After my military service was over, and I went to work, in thirty eight years of working, I only turned down overtime twice, due to fatigue.
For the rest I never missed a chance to earn overtime. I worked holidays, vacation for others, more holidays, double shifts, and was on call every day I was off.
I am retired and all that overtime paid off handsomely.
If I was working now, and had a chance to work Thanksgiving and earn overtime plus holiday pay I would work. I consider it “easy money”.
I guess you didnt read the article.
Neither do we. We will be home all weekend with our family instead of going shopping with all of the lemmings.
In this economic climate there will be a hundred or more lined up to apply for the opening he created. They will be very thankful.
Boo friggin hoo.