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Florida Pizza Hut Comes Under Fire For Disgusting Thing It Did To Employees

Residents in the state of Florida had enough to worry about in the days leading up to Hurricane Irma making landfall. While it was clear that it was going to hit the state, there was no way to definitively know which portions would be the hardest hit. That placed virtually all of the state’s residents on high alert. Evacuation orders ruled the day, and everyone was instructed to do what they needed to do to either get out of its path or hunker down as best as they could.

As Fox News shares, employees at this Pizza Hut in Florida had something extra on their plate to worry about. They were threatened with disciplinary action if they failed to report back to work on time after evacuating. A callous note was left on the memo board for employees to read. A photo of it was taken, and it quickly went viral.  

“To all Team members, as hurricane Irma approaches Florida, our #1 priority is the safety and security of our team,” the note reads. “But, we also have a responsibility and commitment to our community to be there when they need us. With that said, I/we need some guidelines in place to ensure both of those expectations are met.”

The note goes on to outline the store’s policy for the pending storm, including a “24-hour period before storm ‘grace period,’” and that employees must return from an evacuation within 72 hours.

“You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!” the note blared. “Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call/no show and documentation will be issued.”

The note did not go over very well on social media.

“Pizza Hut wants its minimum wage employees to risk their lives for corporate profits,” shared one user.  

“You guys are closed on Christmas, but sending delivery drivers to their death for a hurricane? What's up with that?” added another commenter.

The heartless note captured a ton of attention, and the corporate powers that be were forced to issue a response.

“We are uncompromising in our commitment to the safety and well-being of our team members. All locations in the path of Irma are closed and will remain closed until local authorities deem the area safe,” a statement 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.”

We would hope that addressing the situation with the manager includes providing them with some much-needed training on how to deal with employees. This is an unbelievable example of how not to treat people. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to call for an employee meeting to address the storm and how the store was going to deal with it? Shouldn’t consideration be given to the employee’s individual circumstances?

When there’s a crisis at hand, businesses need to close. Yes, it’s really that simple. Failure to do so does not build goodwill amongst your staff, and it points to some seriously misguided management principles among those in charge.  

Source: Fox News
Photo: YouTube

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