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Pizza Hut has invited protesting manager to come back

This week, a Pizza Hut manager grabbed headlines for refusing to force his team to work on Thanksgiving, and although he quit, Pizza Hut is inviting him back, refusing to accept hero status.

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Pizza Hut vet stands up to boss

This week, a Pizza Hut manager in Elkhart, Indiana protested the company’s demands that the restaurant open on Thanksgiving day, stating that after 10 years of working for the company, he was done.

“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 said to local news channel, WSBT.

The former manager explains, “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.”

Pizza Hut wants him back

Pizza Hut did not respond to the manager’s original statements to the press, but is now calling it a misunderstanding, telling CNN, “We fully respect an employee’s right to not work on a holiday, which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving.”

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“As a result,” they added, “we strongly recommended that the local franchisee reinstate the store manager and they have agreed. We look forward to them welcoming Tony back to the team.”

The manager notes he hasn’t decided if he will return, telling CNN, “I’ll start looking into stuff tomorrow… All my friends are telling me how cool it is and how proud they are — ‘You’re my hero’ and stuff you don’t expect to hear. No, I’m just some guy who told his boss ‘No’ and got burned. There are people who save lives.”

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