Papa John’s restaurant manager says he was fired after 13 years at the company for closing 3 hours earlier due to ongoing hiring and retention issues

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  • A former manager at a Papa John’s in Colorado says he was fired after 13 years with the pizza chain.

  • He was fired a day after closing the restaurant three hours earlier due to a scheduling conflict.

  • His post on Reddit’s “anti-work” bulletin board went viral before being deleted.

The former general manager of a Papa John’s in Colorado was fired this week after scheduling conflicts led him to close the restaurant three hours earlier Tuesday night.

Chris Jackson told Insider that he has worked at Papa John’s for over 13 years and has worked long stretches of back-to-back open-to-close teams for the pizza chain. due to difficulties in hiring and retaining staff during the pandemic.

In a Reddit post to the rapidly growing r / antiwork community, Jackson explained that on Monday the Tuesday night shift supervisor told him they had a medical appointment and couldn’t cover the shift. Jackson said he too had a family medical obligation at the time and asked his area manager for coverage.

Tuesday afternoon, Jackson was told no one was come and cover the shiftso he closed the restaurant at 5 p.m. The next morning he was fired.

“I hadn’t had any issues. That’s why I was confused,” he told Insider. “This is the only incident that has ever happened.”

Jackson’s Reddit post had racked up more than 6,600 upvotes and 650 comments as of Friday, but was deleted by moderators for violating the platform’s ban on sharing confidential or personal information.

Insider spoke to Jackson, who provided screenshots of text messages and emails consistent with his story, including a company form stating he was fired.

“Chris closed the restaurant without approval,” the form reads. “Closing a restaurant without authorization is grounds for immediate dismissal. “

Colorado is an all-you-can-eat state, where employees can be made redundant at any time, for whatever reason, or for no reason.

A spokesperson for Papa John’s told Insider that this location is owned by an independent franchise partner, who has sole authority over their own workforce decisions.

“We and our franchisees have done a number of things over the past two years to reward and retain all of our restaurant team during these difficult times,” Harrison Sheffield said in a statement. “Papa John’s, as a brand, is committed to creating a culture for team members that aligns with the values ​​of our organization. “

The franchise owner did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

As a salaried manager, Jackson said he was responsible for covering much more than full-time hours without additional pay.

“If I worked 50 hours or 60 hours, it didn’t matter in the salary.” he said.

Jackson said he was able to accept a 55-hour weekly cap on his own schedule, but was not allowed to offer a salary or salary high enough to attract and retain workers and managers from his restaurant.

“They will just say, ‘This is the first line where we can pay,'” he said. “And, you know, it’s expensive. It’s like, it’s really expensive here.”

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