Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Man says he was fired for refusing to work Thanksgiving (Pizza Hut)
WSBT Channel 42 - Indiana ^ | 9:49am 11/27/2013 | N. Zimmerman

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at wsbt.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: jerks; oldnews; pizzahut; thanksgiving
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-158 next last
I can't believe they're forcing people to work on Thanksgiving making so-so pizza instead of spending time with their families. Not to sound like a lefty, but will all of the executives for Franchise Management Investors US be working the holiday or will they be enjoying the holiday with THEIR families? Of course they'll be at home.

Pizza Hut is now in my "No Buy Zone" after this.

1 posted on 11/27/2013 10:58:34 AM PST by MeganC
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MeganC

Look on the bright side: with the experience he has, he can open his own pizza joint and keep it closed on Thanksgiving.


2 posted on 11/27/2013 10:59:45 AM PST by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


3 posted on 11/27/2013 11:02:22 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


4 posted on 11/27/2013 11:02:48 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


5 posted on 11/27/2013 11:03:48 AM PST by defconw (Cibco's my spouse)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

why would they want a pizza hut to be open on thanksgiving? I thought places were staying open for the shoppers.


6 posted on 11/27/2013 11:04:26 AM PST by snowstorm12
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: snowstorm12

better yet- who buys pizza hut pizza on Thanksgiving??? (nevermind the other 364 days of the year)...


7 posted on 11/27/2013 11:05:51 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: MeganC
I can't believe they're forcing people to work on Thanksgiving
Various retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, etc., have been open on holidays for at least the last 30 years.
If you work in the business, you know going in that it comes with the territory.
For this (former) manager, he'll now have Thanksgiving off, Christmas off, New Year's off ... exactly what he wanted.
8 posted on 11/27/2013 11:06:45 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: snowstorm12
As one who has been there. Not everyone can make it home for Thanksgiving or has any place else to go. Some years I had a place to go, others not.

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.

9 posted on 11/27/2013 11:07:49 AM PST by defconw (Cibco's my spouse)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog

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.”


10 posted on 11/27/2013 11:08:46 AM PST by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: God luvs America

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... :)


11 posted on 11/27/2013 11:08:53 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: defconw

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.


12 posted on 11/27/2013 11:09:51 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog
Some of our problems with leftism are the result of us p*ssing in our own pool IMO.

In this case you are exactly right.

13 posted on 11/27/2013 11:10:38 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: All

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.


14 posted on 11/27/2013 11:10:55 AM PST by pluvmantelo (Islam-No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


15 posted on 11/27/2013 11:11:18 AM PST by real saxophonist (Rock, paper, scissors, GUN. I win.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: defconw

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.


16 posted on 11/27/2013 11:12:07 AM PST by Fido969
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: defconw
You had your choice of shift and they were short and we did not open until 3PM.

Were they able to see over the counter or did they suddenly sprout after 3?

17 posted on 11/27/2013 11:15:33 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Fido969

Oh, yeah. I always requested weekends and holidays. Not for the time-and-a-half, but to free up someone who had family obligations.


18 posted on 11/27/2013 11:15:51 AM PST by real saxophonist (Rock, paper, scissors, GUN. I win.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Fido969

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.


19 posted on 11/27/2013 11:16:26 AM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


20 posted on 11/27/2013 11:16:45 AM PST by GreaterSwiss
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: oh8eleven

“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.


21 posted on 11/27/2013 11:17:22 AM PST by Boogieman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: God luvs America

People really want their turkey and dressing pizza with a pumpkin pie shake, (cranberry sauce optional).


22 posted on 11/27/2013 11:18:33 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

“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.


23 posted on 11/27/2013 11:19:04 AM PST by Boogieman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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


24 posted on 11/27/2013 11:19:22 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC
He says he doesn't think people should have to work on a holiday like Thanksgiving.

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.

25 posted on 11/27/2013 11:19:44 AM PST by DoodleDawg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


26 posted on 11/27/2013 11:20:10 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: oh8eleven
If you work in the business, you know going in that it comes with the territory.

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.

27 posted on 11/27/2013 11:20:27 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

Nothing like carving the Thanksgiving pizza.

Yup, “no buy zone”. Their pizza is garbage anyway.


28 posted on 11/27/2013 11:20:47 AM PST by Ray76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 1rudeboy

Most people are pretty much apolitical. Stuff like this that cheeses them off is what pushes them into the enemy camp.


29 posted on 11/27/2013 11:20:49 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: MeganC
Pizza Hut must compete with Domino's "THANKSGIVING PIZZA"

30 posted on 11/27/2013 11:20:59 AM PST by evets (beer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pluvmantelo

Contract? wtf are you talking about?


31 posted on 11/27/2013 11:21:32 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: GreaterSwiss

I concur. Don’t like the line of work, choose another.


32 posted on 11/27/2013 11:21:54 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: GreaterSwiss
Thanksgiving day involves a lot of football which caters to Pizzas.

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.

33 posted on 11/27/2013 11:22:21 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: evets

Is that real?


34 posted on 11/27/2013 11:24:16 AM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: MeganC
1. Guy has job.

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?

35 posted on 11/27/2013 11:24:17 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

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.


36 posted on 11/27/2013 11:24:54 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: MeganC
Hmm, can't say that I'm in his corner on this. Life is not perfect, and sometimes one needs to be a little strong.

(My first Christmas in the USAF found me on CQ duty all night. Good experience at toughing up a bit as a teen.)

.

37 posted on 11/27/2013 11:25:04 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


38 posted on 11/27/2013 11:25:35 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC
Pizza Hut is now in my "No Buy Zone" after this.

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.

39 posted on 11/27/2013 11:26:48 AM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC
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.

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.

40 posted on 11/27/2013 11:27:14 AM PST by tacticalogic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


41 posted on 11/27/2013 11:27:31 AM PST by The Public Eye
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mark17
Interesting, nearly parallel posts (see #37).

(Yours was better, btw)

42 posted on 11/27/2013 11:27:57 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

This why I don’t go out and spend on Thanksgiving or Christmas.


43 posted on 11/27/2013 11:30:36 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stuck_in_new_orleans

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...


44 posted on 11/27/2013 11:30:39 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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”.


45 posted on 11/27/2013 11:30:53 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: oh8eleven

I guess you didnt read the article.


46 posted on 11/27/2013 11:32:29 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: subterfuge
This why I don’t go out and spend on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Neither do we. We will be home all weekend with our family instead of going shopping with all of the lemmings.

47 posted on 11/27/2013 11:32:59 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

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.


48 posted on 11/27/2013 11:33:38 AM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chickensoup
I saw it on the internet, so it has to be real...

49 posted on 11/27/2013 11:33:55 AM PST by evets (beer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: bgill
My favorite whine is the one where people who work in retail (Target,Wal-mart,etc) cry about having to work the biggest retail day in the country.

Boo friggin hoo.

50 posted on 11/27/2013 11:34:52 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-158 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson