When it comes to the responsibility of making mediocre pizza, risking one's life is the only suitable option. That could have very well been the thinking of a Florida Pizza Hut manager who threatened to punish employees for evacuating the Jacksonville location before Hurricane Irma hit the city.
"You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!" a memo from the manager read. "Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call / no show and documentation will be issued."
"In the event of an evacuation, you MUST return within 72 HOURS," the memo continued after it initially began by stating concerns for worker's safety.
Evacuation orders were given by authorities to parts of Jacksonville Friday, according to CNN. Pizza Hut says it contacted the manager who did not follow company guidelines.
Pizza Hut said its "local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved."
"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 company said in a statement.
The company added that all stores in Irma's path had been shuttered and wouldn't reopen "until local authorities deem the area safe."
Pizza Hut declined to say whether the manager involved has been disciplined.
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