A Pizza Hut in Jacksonville, Fla. came under fire on social media after a manager posted a note threatening actions against employees who missed shifts in order to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma.
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The manager’s memo brought condemnation once it hit the Twitter-verse.
The note began innocuously enough: “our #1 priority is the safety and security of our team.”
But it then went on to list the company’s apparent protocol before a storm.
“We close 6-12 hours before a storm hits. Or night before if a daytime storm.”
But then before warning, “if evacuating you will have a 24-hour before storm “grace period” to not be scheduled. You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!”
The storm ended up hitting Jacksonville Monday.
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The note then goes on to warn of consequences for employees who no-show.
Pizza Hut released a statement on its website which denied that the memo was corporate policy.
“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,” the memo noted.
The response also stated that the franchise owner has spoken to the manager about the situation.
“We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved.”