Pizza Hut Manager Fired for Refusing to Open on Thanksgiving

By: News 10 and NBC
By: News 10 and NBC

“I am not quitting, 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.”

Tony Rohr - letter to Pizza Hut

After working his way up from working in the kitchen to become the general manager of the Pizza Hut in Elkhart, IN, Tony Rohr says he was fired for not staying open on Thanksgiving Day.

"I just decided I wasn't going to agree to it," Rohr said. "All of these people the whole year had been told they were going to have the day off."

He said that in his 10 years with the company, this was the first time any location has asked him to work on Thanksgiving.

"They just said it was a competitive decision and that everyone was open, so we will be too," Rohr added. "I said, 'Why can't we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees, and let them have the day off?' "

Pizza Hut did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Despite being laid off right before the holiday season, Rohr has no regrets.

"No, not at all," he said. "I'm glad I did that."

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