A Florida Pizza Hut manager on a pizza power trip promised to discipline employees if they didn't follow his specific, draconian instructions on how to appropriately flee life-threatening Hurricane Irma, according to USA Today.
It's the one time in modern history that public opinion has taken the side against more pizza.
"Our #1 priority is the safety and security of our team," wrote the manager, before explaining why that's not true.
"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 result in "documentation being issued."
Another low light follows, again printed in all bold text just in case hurricane fear made you skim the note:
"In the event of an evacuation, you MUST return within 72 hours."
The reason that these rules are cruel and unfair should be obvious. Just take it from the mayor of Miami-Dade, Carlos Gimenez, who urged speedy evacuation.
"If you do it later, you may be caught in a flood of traffic trying to leave the area. You may find yourself in a car during a hurricane, which is not the best place to be."
Again, public opinion—in a rare occurrence putting human life above pizza—was furious at the Pizza Hut manager. The national chain has denounced the memo as "an isolated incident by an employee who showed very poor judgement."
The president has not weighed in on the controversy: