By Sandra Rose  | 

Pizza Hut

A Pizza Hut franchise owner is threatening to punish low-wage fast food workers who evacuated Hurricane Irma for longer than 72 hours. An internal memo sent to employees is being circulated on social media.

The Jacksonville restaurant manager reminded workers of strict employee guidelines that allows for evacuations in the event of a hurricane -- as long as employees give notice and get back to work in time for the next shift.

The policy gave employees only a 24-hour "grace period" before the storm blows through.

If employees skipped their next shifts after the storm, they can be terminated per store policy.

The memo reads in part: "Our priority is the safety and security of our team. But, we also have a responsibility and commitment to our community to be there when they need us."

The memo also notes that workers can't evacuate on Friday if the storm blows through on Tuesday.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Jacksonville as a category 2 tropical storm, causing 2-3 feet of flooding in some places.

Outraged Twitter directing their anger at @PizzaHut's Twitter account.

One user tweeted: "This is absolutely disgusting. I don't care is this is w a national or regional decision you need to fix this!!"

Pizza Hut responded late Monday, tweeting: "This isn't what we stand for…" The corporate office "spoke to" the regional manager about the incident, but no disciplinary action was taken.

Irate users noted that the sheriff's department warned residents to evacuate ahead of the storm.

  • klwbaby

    I would have told my boss and pizza hut corporation to kiss my azz, I'm leaving.

  • Rayne

    Nasty ass pizza ? they need their asses kicked in. Folks ain't thinking about working when it's a Got dam HURRICANE. There are some insensitive ppl in this world ?

  • MookieFly

    Yea they trippin. My ass would have been gone and putting in applications for my new shift at Wendy's ??

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    It was bananas out here because of this hurricane. It is amazing that these slave jobs actually expect you to be a slave.

  • Renee26

    It's always the low paying jobs that have the strictest attendance policies...oh well they can find another job paying the same or more after they return home.

  • Renee26

    Ok! Nobody should have been ordering or delivering pizza in that weather anyway

  • You Could Never

    Number one grievance after hurricanes is this. Employee/employer. This not the first or the last. Happens here in NC after every single storm, last one being last year this time. Hurricane Matthew

    "If you were fired from your job after trying to evacuate Irma, you could be eligible for assistance. You could be eligible for unemployment money if you miss work because of Irma"

    This is for every state even though they used GA as example as it is federal funding.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    I don't think the slave masters cared about the weather they had men women and babies out there slaving!! This is why I don't work these types of jobs because the only thing they care about is money heck most companies Only care about money but at least the higher paying ones pretend to care about their employees !! Smh I would not show up and would file my unemployment!!! This is what happens when companies like this think they are the only options their employees have.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    What I want to know is who ordering pizza for delivery or take out when it's flooded out outside

  • You Could Never

    And they just bluffing. They need someone to make those damn pizzas. Those folks can come back to work. My mother got threatened with termination once during a ice storm. She literally couldnt get there bc there was a tree blocking our driveway. So she called and told all her folks dont come in, she cant get out to open the store. Be safe enjoy their day. Corporate called about hour later going the hell off. But within a few hours, whole city was shut down ANYWAY... it had gotten really bad out. Stupid asses

  • You Could Never

    There was a Rose here directly after Harvery who is in Houston. Said her and her husband had a Pizza Hut across the street and they got free pizza to feed their sons.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Did yall see the video of the nigglets outhere right after the hurricane robbing Metro PCS and Foot locker? They arrested almost all of them. Nigggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggaaaaaaaaassssrrreaaalllyyy!

  • Vegas1989

    SMH.....That Stupivisor is crazy. I would have my lawyers calling him after the storm is clear......How you going to make pizza when there is no power ? SMH....

  • Dowoop

    Drop off applications at every place on your way out of town. Somebody is bound to call you and with all the people leaving that they will be firing, i'm guessing a few positions will be open. Call you friends and see who got fired then go apply for their job...hahahahahah


    pizza hut- SHUTUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tintin
  • Rayne

    Yea saw it. I was like wtf?

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_
  • Rayne

    Yea and who in their right mind is delivering ?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yo...everytime I see this Im cackling like a damn witch...

  • Ms.Vanilla

    This is total BS. Even if they were to open, no one could deliver or drive to the store... Next..

  • You Could Never

    My movie.

  • brownisback

    That's me if I win the lotto which is probably why I won't win

  • Jdove585


  • Blue

    I’d put a note on top of the that note: “Y’all can kiss the blackest part of my arse.”?

  • sunni_daze

    And not nay fucking employee should return. Besides, who the hell is ordering pizza in 5ft of water. I hope that bih washed away.
    My bad that irked me.

  • Chile_Pleeze

    people still eat pizza hut?

  • TheOwley

    Local management is not always reflective of the entire company, but still, things like this always falls back to the top executives. You have franchises in Florida. You call the managers and TELL them how to proceed. No negotiation there. The directive should have been to close shop and evacuate by Friday (depending on the location in the state). It's called setting your people to win, not fail.

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    The fish rots from the head

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Yea, I'd def be fired....

  • KLo

    No ones life is worth risking for pizza. GTFOH. I suggest the regional mgr work the shifts and go **** himself

  • dontgetblocked

    A minimum wage job is just that. It's a job for a teenager who lives with parents or very young adults. It's not for grown folks with responsibilities. This is a good example of why people need to stay in school and get an education so that they're not exposed to this type of childish management style. I cringe every time I pull through a fast food restaurant and see grown ass adults working there. It used to be senior citizens but most of them have enough sense to get a better job than stuffing fries in a bag at a drive-thru. Yes, that's harsh but true. Gang bang. Drop out of school. Have a bunch of illegitimate kids and you too will have to work at Pizza Hut and risk your life for pennies.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You are an idiot and a clown.

  • Fire & Ice

    Ugh their food is nasty anyways!!!!

  • ThottyPippen
  • Luv Pitties

    Exactly and his ass probably won't go and deliver any pizzas himself

  • bella28498 .

    I am tempted to write a nasty email to Pizza Hut CEO. ????? Gtfoh I wouldn't show up to chit for a week after that storm. Ppl homes are flooded and destroyed and they talkin about delivering a pizza

  • YellowSauce

    handle it like the crackers .....

  • osmenna

    What would you rather they do? Work a minimum wage job or be on welfare. You want to take care of them I don't. Doing something is better than nothing.

  • YellowSauce

    but THAT is the thing ... no one SHOULD have to tell people that people can't come to work in a hurricane ...a lot of companies do this sort of thing and this is not a fast food thing corporate offices civil servants and public official administrative offices use unethical bully tactics .. people want their jobs and employers get away with it .... forcing employees to participate in charity is illegal but i used to work for a company that did just that and then I called the department of labor and found out ... most people don't even do that ... they just do what they are told ... you would be surprised what these companies get away with ...

  • 70114

    They done lost they damn mind smh

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Wow! I'm just amazed honestly now I can see them giving away free pizza and employees volunteering to work to give away said free pizza but to require someone to work and fire them if they don't just ain't right!!

  • BrittBrat2005

    Not everyone is made for College sweetie, as you can see some almost didn't make out high school. So why would they go off create big bills(college loans) when they going get kick out the first semester because poor grades and you know college don't help you like high school does when it comes to work. There's major companies you can work for without a degree and make way better than a person with a degree. I have two degrees and stuck with high A$$ students loans. I rather find a good paying job then deal with these students loans(sallie mae) ..

  • BrittBrat2005

    On top that with no power? Just heard on the radio the whole State don't have power.

  • dontgetblocked

    It doesn't have to be college although I would suggest it if you want to land a decent job and get promoted. If not, get training in, electrician, construction worker. Anything is better than slipping on grease all day and trying to make ends meet by flipping burgers or pies in the case. These are temporary positions that require low skill levels so workers aren't valued and are easily replaced. I'd rather owe student loans than be an unskilled laborer who is required to work during a hurricane. Wouldn't you??

  • dontgetblocked

    If those are the only choices they have, they've flucked up in life. Don't you think??

  • dontgetblocked

    And you must work at McDonald's. Oh no wait...Pizza Hut.

  • osmenna

    No I Don't think That's fucked up I Don't look down on other people because they Don't have it as good as I do.

  • AJ

    Pizza Hut better come get their franchisee...I smell lawsuits.

  • Shenanigans1

    If I'm up to my knees, calves, or ankles in water, I can assure you the last thing I'm thinking about is a slice of pizza.

  • SandraRose

    My brother lives in Miami. His power never went out.

  • Keepin’IT100

    That manager needs to receive their pink slip!! Threats to employees because they value their lives during a natural disaster.. Just horrible!!!!!

  • Alicia.Ashe


  • Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    manager needs to be fired and the employees deserve a raise if they stayed.

  • dontgetblocked

    Speaking the truth is not looking down on someone. Nothing was handed to me like most Americans. We worked hard and followed the rules. Someone who chose to party and get in trouble with the law and now has a record and can only work at a fast food restaurant...made that choice. This is a wake up call because it's only going to get worse. This is the technology age and if you don't have skills you will be left behind.

  • BrittBrat2005

    I work during Hurricane Harvey. I couldn't leave my job, my city is 55 minutes north of Houston we got hit hard as well. I'm a chef at hotel, our hotel turn into a camp because the hotel had back up generators.. Sometimes you just to have do what you have to do.

  • Nita


  • ~~eb

    I wish I knew which location this was, because I live in Jacksonville. If Walmart has been closed since late Friday and didn't reopen until today, these fools need to do better!

  • ~~eb

    I was SOOO mad at that schitt!

  • friendofblog

    Boycott. Problem solved.


    Pizza Hut are you really that desperate for money that you are willing to risk your employees lives.

  • MocaPretty

    My reply as a team member would be FOH & F This JOB!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Rayne I was disssgusted!

  • Rayne

    Don't make no sense ????

  • Berry Melon

    So if you evacuated to save your life, you lose your job - Hmm... they could sue Pizza Hut for $$$.