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Elkhart man who refused to open Pizza Hut on Thanksgiving gets national attention

An Elkhart Pizza Hut manager was fired from the company after he refused to open the story on Thanksgiving. The story, originally reported by WSBT, has been picked up by news stations across the country.
Posted on Nov. 26, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 26, 2013 at 3:39 p.m.

An Elkhart man claims he was fired from Pizza Hut after more than 10 years with the company for refusing to open on Thanksgiving, reports WSBT 22.

Tony Rohr, who started as a cook and worked his way up to being the store manager at the Jackson Boulevard store, said Pizza Hut asked him to resign after he told his superiors he would not open on Thursday for the holiday. WSBT reports that Rohr refused to resign but instead wrote a letter to his boss to explain his decision.

One statement Rohr made in the letter was: "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."

A Fox affiliate in Kansas City also picked up the story and reported that Rohr said Pizza Hut stores used to stay closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas but changed the policy this year.

The story, picked up on news stations across several states, has caused people to voice their disapproval on Pizza Hut's Facebook page, too.

Among comments similar to it, a user under the name "Tom Nutton" wrote: "Add me to the list of people that will never step foot into or buy anything from you or any Yum Brands business for you firing of the manager who was considerate enough to let his employees enjoy a holiday with their families."

See the Storify below for readers' reactions to Pizza Hut's decision to fire Rohr:

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