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Sears, Pizza Hut employees under fire for refusing to open on Thanksgiving

A Sears franchise owner and a Pizza Hut manager stand up to corporate, refuse to open on Thanksgiving, grabbing headlines while taking heat.

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Sears franchise owner stands up to corporate

Plymouth, New Hampshire is the home of a Sears Hometown that, unlike every single other franchise location in the nation, will be closed on Thanksgiving after the franchise owner has protested against corporate, refusing to open.

“We are not going to let corporate retailers rule over our family values and take this away from us,” the owner said to local news station, WMUR.

“I wouldn’t want to go shopping on Thanksgiving, really,” a local resident said in support of the decision to close.

The owner has also launched a petition urging lawmakers in her state to pass a law allowing franchise owners the flexibility to close on holidays. Sears has not responded to the owner or requests for comment, so the ramifications of her choice remain unclear.

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Pizza Hut manager fired, refusing to open on Thanksgiving

In another act of valor, a Pizza Hut manager in Elkhart, Indiana protested the company’s demands that the restaurant open on Thanksgiving day, and while the company has not responded to his claim that he will not comply.

“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.”

More to come?

As Black Friday creeps into Thanksgiving day, it is likely that more individuals will stand up against the corporate machine. Small businesses may use stories like these to promote their decisions to allow time off for employees, as they should in highlighting the differences, but the most important note of all at this juncture is that Black Thanksgiving is real and upon us, regardless of any protests.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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