Restaurant Manager Says he was Fired for Not Opening on Thanksgiving

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ELKHART, Ind. – A man who used to be a manager at a Pizza Hut is unemployed now.  He says he was fired because he wanted to give his employees some time off and refused to open the store on Thanksgiving.

Yahoo! News picked up the story of local CBS affiliate WSBT who interviewed Tony Rohr.

Rohr said he confronted his superiors after being told the store would need to be open on Thanksgiving.  In years past, Rohr said, Pizza Hut stores have been closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they’re closed in the whole year and they’re the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families,” he told WSBT.

His bosses told him to tender his resignation, but he told reporters that instead he wrote a scathing letter in which he wrote, “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.  I hope you realize that it’s the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.”

The company saw a backlash on their official Facebook page, with some commenters threatening to never eat there again.