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Pizza Hut In Path Of Hurricane Irma Threatens Employees With Punishment For Skipping Shifts

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Hurricane Irma caused considerable havoc in its path as it swept through the Caribbean and hit the United States state of Florida. Massive evacuations took place as Irma approached to make landfall in Florida, however, one Pizza Hut in the path of Irma issued strict instructions to its employees regarding when they can evacuate.

In a memo that has since then gone viral, the manager of a Pizza Hut in Jacksonville, Florida issued a directive that employees cannot evacuate more than 24 hours before a storm and must return to work within 72 hours after it. If found to exceed the timings, the employees would face disciplinary action.  

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A manager of one Pizza Hut in the path of Hurricane Irma threatened to discipline workers who evacuated for the storm outside of a designated time frame - and the brand has come under fire on social media for the "shameful" policy.

"To all Team members," the memo states, employees cannot evacuate more than 24 hours before a storm or return later than 72 hours, and that "Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call/no show and documentation will be issued."

The memo reasoned, "After the storm, we need all TM's available to get the store up and running and serve our communities as needed."

Since the memo went viral the Pizza Hut brand has come under fire on social media for the 'shameful' policy.

According to officials, evacuating in the last 24 hours before a storm is dangerous. Supplies and gas may have dwindled, the traffic would be a nightmare and evacuees may find themselves trapped in a car.

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In the face of the backlash that the brand faced on social media, Pizza Hut issued an official statement contradicting the memo sent by the Jacksonville Pizza Hut manager.

"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," said the Pizza Hut statement.