In the recent wake of the destruction left behind hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we’ve seen countless stories of people in the affected areas following their “better angels” by making decisions that take into account the safety and well-being of others.
This is not one of those stories.
According to the Washington Post, a Pizza Hut franchise in Jacksonville, Fla., posted an ominous flyer for employees in advance of Hurricane Irma:
“To all Team members,” the memo begins, before laying out a policy that dictates that employees cannot evacuate more than 24 hours before the storm and must return within 72 hours. “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.”
After the flyer made the rounds on social media and drew the wrath of many, Pizza Hut’s corporate office made a statement on its website that 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.”
The situation, unfortunately, is a common one for some workers in the path of inclement weather, as this story highlights.