Pizza Hut Tells Minimum Wage Employees To Stay And Not Skip Shifts For Hurricane Irma


LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19:  A customer walks in to a Pizza Hut restaurant during lunchtime on April 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Yum Brands Inc., the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut chains, reported dramatically strong first quarter earnings.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A Jacksonville Pizza Hut is drawing the scorn of the nation right now after a photo began circulating online showing a memo posted by one of its managers just before Hurricane Irma hit.

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While the memo states “safety and security” of its team is their #1 priority, it also says that there are expectations that need to be met. Those expectations are that employees cannot evacuate more than 24 hours before the storm hits and that they must return within 72 hours.

It lists “serving the community” as the main reason, but that just equates to serving pizza for minimum wage hours, not a top priority.

“Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call/no show and documentation will be issued,” it reads. “After the storm, we need all TM’s available to get the store up and running and serve our communities as needed.”

Miami Mayor Carlos A Gimenez said evacuating 24 hours before a storm is just too risky, but Pizza Hut doesn’t seem to think so.

“If you do it later, you may be caught in a flood of traffic trying to leave the area. You may find yourself in a car during a hurricane, which is not the best place to be.”

In any case, the memo is creating a firestorm online for people who see it as a major national company exploiting low-wage workers for profit.

 

 

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