Employers were told by the Florida Pizza Hut Manager that they would face discipline due to evacuating too early from Hurricane Irma and missing shifts because of it.
According to Washington Post, the memo posted in a Jacksonville franchise told evacuating employers they will have a 24-hour period before the storm ‘grace period’ to not be scheduled. You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!” The memo added 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 also said that all evacuating workers are ordered to come back within 72 hours.
Pizza Hut manager issued a statement and posted it on its blog that read: 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.”
Jacksonville was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. NBC News reported Monday that the city is “being swallowed by water, with heavy rain and a record storm surge turning streets into churning rivers and wind-whipped waves crashing through windows.”
The city government issued a flash flood warning Monday morning for citizens to stay inside and put white flags outside their homes in order to ask for help when needed, the network added. According to the CBS News report, the National Weather Service cited that the storm surge flooding n downtown Jacksonville rose past a record set during Hurricane Dora in 1965 by at least 1 foot.
“It’s bad now,” NWS meteorologist Angie Enyedi said during a Monday morning briefing, NBC News added. “It’s going to continue to get worse.”
In the middle of the devastation, young and old Jacksonville residents moved an oak tree that crashed across a main road, according to the Florida Times-Union.
They failed in their attempt to saw through the tree, but when more people offered to assist, the paper said, they added that chains tethering around the oak.
“This is really something,” Sandi Cook — who helped direct traffic — told the Times-Union, noting that mostly strangers helped each other remove the tree from the street.