Man­ager fired over hol­i­day dis­pute of­fered his job back

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ELKHART | Pizza Hut has of­fered to re­hire the man­ager of a north­ern Indiana store who was fired over his re­fusal to open on Thanks­giv­ing Day.

Tony Rohr said he has worked at the Elkhart restau­rant since start­ing as a cook more than 10 years but was told to write a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion af­ter his re­fusal. He said he de­clined in a meet­ing with his boss and in­stead wrote a let­ter ex­plain­ing that he be­lieved the com­pany should care more about its em­ploy­ees.

“I said, ‘Why can’t we be the com­pany that stands up and says we care about our em­ploy­ees and they can have the day off ?”’ Mr. Rohr said.

Pizza Hut is­sued a state­ment Wed­nes­day say­ing it re­spects an em­ployee’s right to not work on the hol­i­day and that the store owner has agreed to re­in­state Mr. Rohr.

“This was clearly an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion, and we are very up­set by what has tran­spired in Elkhart,” the com­pany state­ment said. “While the choice as to whether a restau­rant should be open or closed on a hol­i­day is han­dled at the lo­cal level by our in­de­pen­dent fran­chisees, we feel strongly that this sit­u­a­tion could have been avoided.”

Mr. Rohr said he hasn’t de­cided yet whether to ac­cept the job of­fer. ringer James Grif­fin III told them when he re­turned from the Belk store, the ket­tle and the $50 in it were gone.

Mr. Grif­fin re­turned to his post Wed­nes­day, and the Belk store man­ager put $100 into the re­place­ment ket­tle. walk­ing out­side in frigid tem­per­a­tures and wear­ing sod­den clothes in a south­east­ern Kansas city.

David Cor­nell Ben­nett Jr. was ar­rested in In­de­pen­dence late Tues­day, city Po­lice Chief Harry Smith said.

The 22-year-old has not been for­mally charged in the killings of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her chil­dren, 9-year-old Hol­lie Betts, 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old Averie Betts.

The bod­ies of Ms. Umbarger and her chil­dren were dis­cov­ered Mon­day night at their home in Par­sons, about 35 miles from In­de­pen­dence.

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