A manager of a Pizza Hut in the path of Hurricane Irma threatened to discipline workers who missed shifts to evacuate the monster storm.
A photo has circulated on Twitter of a memo posted for employees in a Jacksonville Pizza Hut location.
“To all Team members. Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call/no show and documentation will be issued.”
The memo stated that employees cannot evacuate more than 24 hours before the storm and must return within 72 hours. The manager wrote that the employees have a “responsibility and commitment” to the community.
“After the storm, we need all TM’s available to get the store up and running and serve our communities as needed,” the Pizza Hut memo stated. “You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!” Meanwhile, officials urged otherwise. Miami Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez urged Florida residents to get out in advance on Wednesday night, saying, “You may find yourself in a car during a hurricane, which is not the best place to be.”
FEMA also advised people to “only return home when local officials say it’s ok.”
People took to Twitter to express outrage at the Pizza Hut manager for puttings its employees in danger.
Pizza Hut responded with a statement posted on its website. It read, in part, “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.”