Pizza Hut Manager Tells Irma-Fleeing Employees They Could Lose Their Jobs

Pizza Hut Manager Tells Irma-Fleeing Employees They Could Lose Their Jobs

Pizza Hut Manager Tells Irma-Fleeing Employees They Could Lose Their Jobs

A Pizza Hut manager in Jacksonville, Florida threated to discipline employees who missed shifts by evacuating too early for Hurricane Irma or returning too late after the storm was over, CNN reported.

The memo stated that employees can not evacuate more than 24 hours before the storm and must return within 72 hours.

"The one-page note began addressing Pizza Hut employees by saying the company's "#1 priority is the safety and security of our team" before outlining the strict rules.

The memo tells team members they can not evacuate more than 24 hours before the storm, and must return within 72 hours.

In a notice to employees that was circulated on Twitter, the manager wrote, "As a general rule of thumb, we close stores 6-12 hours before storm hits".

The detailed note also stressed workers "MUST return within 72 hours". "Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call/no show and documentation will be issued", it says.

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People took to Twitter to express outrage at the Pizza Hut manager for puttings its employees in danger.

The company added that all stores in Irma's path had been shuttered and wouldn't reopen "until local authorities deem the area safe".

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry ordered a mandatory evacuation for some parts of the city on Friday, but an evacuation order does not necessarily protect absent workers from being fired.

The note issued by Pizza Hut has been making rounds on social media and as a result of it, the chain may have lost more than a few customers.

Speaking to fact-checking website Snopes, Pizza Hut spokesman Doug Terfehr explained that the restaurant in question is a franchise location and is not owned directly by the corporation. In the statement, Pizza Hut said the manager did not follow company guidelines. By Monday, swaths of the city were submerged, with Irma causing the worst flooding in Jacksonville since 1965.

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