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Pizza Hut Offers Fired Manager Who Refused to Open on Thanksgiving His Job Back

Tony Rohr, the manager of a Pizza Hut franchise in Indiana, thought it was pretty lame that his restaurant was going to open on Thanksgiving Day. He told the owners he refused to open and force employees to come into work while they should be spending time with their families. But instead of writing a resignation letter like he was told to, he wrote a letter telling the company why it needed to give employees the day off.

He told CNN, “I said … ‘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.’” Now, days after he says the franchise fired him, Pizza Hut’s corporate headquarters wants him back. In a statement, they said, “We fully respect an employee’s right to not work on a holiday which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving … We strongly recommended that the local franchisee reinstate the store manager and they have agreed.” Tony hasn’t yet decided if he’ll return to his old job. Perhaps the bigger question is, who eats pizza on Thanksgiving in the first place? …

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