Fired Pizza Hut Manager Tony Rohr, who made national news when he refused to open his Indiana restaurant on Thanksgiving, is rethinking an offer to come back to the pizza chain.
Rohr, 28, made headlines for writing a scathing letter suggesting that his Pizza Hut should not be open on Thanksgiving. He did not open the doors to the Elkhart, Ind., Pizza Hut that he manages. The decision to open the Pizza Hut on Thanksgiving was made by the franchisee.
Pizza Hut is now asking the franchisee to rehire Rohr, telling the operator of the Elhart Pizza Hut that it “strongly recommended that the local franchisee reinstate the store manager, and they have agreed.”
But Rohr has yet to make a decision on the offer.
“That’s something I can’t decide right away,” the former Pizza Hut manager said Thursday to CNN. “I’ll start looking into stuff tomorrow.”
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Rohr said he disagreed with the decision to open the store because the Thanksgiving holiday should be a time to spend with family, and said so in a letter that led to his firing.
"I said, 'Why can't we be the company that stands up and says we care about your employees and you can have the day off?'" Rohr told WSBT Wednesday. "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 to spend with their families."
Whether Rohr resigned or fired was a matter of contention. In his letter, 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.”
But Chuck Kayser of Franchise Management Investors, the firm that operates the Elkart Pizza Hut, claimed that Rohr quit.
“Tony was never fired. He quit his position. I didn’t want him to quit, but he chose his own path,” Kayser told ABC News. “He was asked to put it in paper; that’s just a standard corporate procedure. I wanted Tony to stay and have offered him his job back three times already.”