A Florida Pizza Hut is facing backlash over a memo threatening to reprimand workers for evacuating before Hurricane Irma.
The notice that’s been circulating on social media told workers that “If evacuating, you will have a 24-hour period before storm ‘grace period’ to not be scheduled. You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!” The memo also stated in bold type that “In the event of an evacuation, you MUST return within 72 HOURS.”
It also continues to say in the note that if workers did not show up to their shifts, no matter what the reason was for then it would be considered as a no call/no show. These people are fearing for their own safety and their homes and they have to have the added stress of being compliant with work policies.
Once the Twitter universe caught wind of the memo they lambasted The Hut’s weird message that providing pizza to the community was way more important than the actual safety of its workers.
"The community needs @pizzahut" is the worst excuse I've ever heard for anything, nevermind threatening evacuees.— Carmine (@carminemac) September 10, 2017
@pizzahut why do you threaten workers who flee Irma?This is sick!— brucewayne (@centurysavior) September 11, 2017
Some Twitter users even suggested boycotting the establishment for the treatment of these employees in Florida.
In a statement, Pizza Hut issued somewhat of an apology that read, "We absolutely do not have a policy that dictates when team members can leave or return from a disaster, and the manager who posted this letter did not follow company guidelines. We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved."
While a strong work ethic is a valuable skill in an employee, this pizza chain manager took that idea way too far.
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