Florida Pizza Hut Threatens Workers Who Fled Irma (Photo)

| by Lauren Briggs
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You might think that those impacted by the recent devastating weather disasters have it bad enough as is. But there's a lot more to worry about than just the state of your house and where you are going to stay during the evacuation.

One Florida Pizza Hut in the path of Hurricane Irma decided that above safety and convenience, its workers should prioritize their jobs. Not surprisingly, the chain caught a lot of flack after a photo of a memo sent to its employees appeared on social media. The memo alerted the workers that they could be in big trouble if they evacuated the area too early or didn't return to the wreckage that could be their homes quickly enough.

"As a general rule of thumb, we close stores 6-12 hours before storm hits," reads the controversial notice. "Or night before if a daytime storm. … If evacuating, you will have a 24-hour period before storm 'grace period' to not be scheduled. You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event! Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason will be considered a no call/no show and documentation will be issued."

It emphasized that the workers need to return within 72 hours of an evacuation.

"Our #1 priority is the safety and security of our team," the memo says. "But, we also have a responsibility and commitment to our community to be there when they need us. With that said, I/we need some guidelines in place to ensure both of these expectations are met."

Believe it or not, the people of Twitter were not exactly thrilled to read this.

Not. Thrilled. At. All.

Pizza Hut's corporate arm has reached out to do some damage control, saying in a statement that they "are uncompromising" when it comes to "the safety and well-being of ... team members" and that any Pizza Hut locations affected by Hurricane Irma will stay closed until officials say that the area is safe.

"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," the statement adds. "We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved."

At least 22 people in the U.S. have died in the hurricane, reports ABC News.

Sources: Jacobin/Twitter, ABC News / Featured Image: 1st Sgt. Delete Account National Guard Bureau/DVIDS

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