Wednesday, November 27, 2013

One Who Chose Principle Over Money

In a society where to increasing number of people money has become God, Tony Rohr, an Indiana resident chose principle over almighty dollars.

Ten years ago Rohr started at his local Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana as a cook, but he worked up to become a general manager at the company. This Thanksgiving he was told to keep his store open, and his objection was meted with a corporate response that it was mandatory.

Rohr thought of his people working for him, “All of these people the whole year had been told they were going to have the day off,” and he decided to refuse the corporate mandate. He was ordered to resign.

“I am not quitting. I do not resign, however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company,” Rohr wrote to his boss.

And Pizza Hut did fire him.

Although Rohr lost his job on the eve of holiday season, he doesn’t regret his decision.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they’re closed in the whole year and they’re the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families,” Rohr asked, “Why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees, and let them have the day off?”

The answer is corporate greed has turned employees as commodities. The five kings of the Supreme Court had given personhood to corporation while stripping dignity of common labor, turning them into sub human.

To the big boys persons such as Tony Rohr are threat to their power, and must be broken down to teach others.