Pizza Hut Manager Threatened Employees Wanting To Evacuate Hurricane

Before Hurricane Irma’s arrival, a Pizza Hut manager in Jacksonville, Florida threatened to fire employees wanting to evacuate early.

This is what the manager posted at the franchise:

Pizza Hut note sparks outrage

According to the note, the storm was going to hit on a Tuesday. In reality, the storm hit the Jacksonville area Sunday into Monday.

The note also said that employees must return to work within 72 hours of their evacuation, despite the storm being a multiple day event with flooding that still hasn’t subsided in many areas. In fact, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry ordered mandatory evacuations in zones A and B, which were coastal and low-lying areas; these orders were just lifted on Monday.

Similar to Houston, although thankfully not as bad, Jacksonville ended up missing a direct hit of the storm, but was faced with record flooding as the storm traveled up the state.

Many parts of the city are flooded, due to 10 to 20 inches of rain from the storm. Even worse, the area was hit with a bad storm surge.

To battle the negative press, Pizza Hut said its local franchise operator has addressed the 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.

Jacksonville still under a coastal flood warning

Authorities are actively looking for flood victims; fortunately, it won’t be the Pizza Hut employees that decided to evacuate early. There are multiple warnings still out saying that citizens should only leave home if it’s essential. As of now, over 300 people needed to be rescued due to the high storm surge along the St. John’s River.

What’s your take? Was the Pizza Hut manager in the wrong?

— Peter Amirata

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