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Complaint Review: Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, TriCon Global

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  • Submitted: Sat, January 27, 2001
  • Updated: Sat, September 01, 2007

  • Reported By:Tempe Arizona
Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, TriCon Global
Nationwide U.S.A.

BOYCOTT PEPSI, PIZZA HUT, TACO BELL, KFC customers, employees, Attention: investors and top management

*Consumer Suggestion: Please explain what Pepsi has to do with any of this

*Consumer Comment: Taco Hell...

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Words of Wisdom

*Consumer Comment: Grab a fistfull of ROLLAIDS when you eat here!

*Consumer Comment: WOW....discussion still going.

*Consumer Comment: i found your letter

*UPDATE Employee: deralicts with no real sense of right and wrong

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: it does all depend on the managers and frachisers

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: it does all depend on the managers and frachisers

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: it does all depend on the managers and frachisers

*UPDATE Employee: You want proof? I've got 173 pages of proof in court records and correspondence

*Consumer Suggestion: Pass the Pizza & Beer

*Consumer Suggestion: To the poster

*UPDATE Employee: What? The fact that you think the liberals are for the working man just goes to show that your understanding is lacking.

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: The focus of this problem is getting way off track... Pizza Hut or franchised-owned AmeriHuts is ran badly

*UPDATE Employee: I just can't agree with your last comment.

*Consumer Comment: Not Very Nice

*Consumer Comment: Not A Strong Case

*Consumer Suggestion: OK Darren. I'll take you up on that challenge.

*Consumer Suggestion: OK Darren. I'll take you up on that challenge.

*Consumer Suggestion: OK Darren. I'll take you up on that challenge.

*Consumer Suggestion: OK Darren. I'll take you up on that challenge.

*Consumer Suggestion: Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light

*Consumer Suggestion: Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light

*Consumer Suggestion: Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light

*Consumer Suggestion: A rotten apple Does spoil the bunch...

*Consumer Suggestion: A rotten apple Does spoil the bunch...

*UPDATE Employee: Ridiculous. END OF STORY... all Taco Bell emplyees are low lifes

*Consumer Comment: lets get back to the subject, pizza hut store staff that is causing the problem should be dealt with not the entire company.

*Consumer Comment: This is all for Aaron... I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

*Consumer Comment: This is all for Aaron... I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

*Consumer Comment: This is all for Aaron... I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

*Consumer Comment: This is all for Aaron... I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

*UPDATE Employee: I don't support anything about pizza hut and never will due to their underhandedness.

*Consumer Comment: Ignore Aaron

*UPDATE Employee: Listen up....

*UPDATE Employee: if you are going to boy-cott somewhere, do it where it will actually COUNT

*UPDATE Employee: Hey Chad.... Obviously you don't work for a AMERIHUTS owned pizza hut.

*UPDATE Employee: Restaurant General Managers point of view: Anytime anyone says they were hurt I notify them that it is their right to go to the doctor

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Enrique in Miami.....I'll insult them for ya!

*Consumer Comment: Worker's Compensation

*Consumer Comment: Worker's Compensation

*Consumer Comment: Worker's Compensation

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: To Enrique from Miami.....

*UPDATE Employee: We can't generalize, not all Pizza Huts are the same

*Consumer Comment: Work-man's Compensation?

*Consumer Comment: Rip Offs they never pay me my hours and over time correctly

*Consumer Comment: Rip Offs they never pay me my hours and over time correctly

*Consumer Comment: Rip Offs they never pay me my hours and over time correctly

*Consumer Comment: Rip Offs they never pay me my hours and over time correctly

*Consumer Comment: Expect this kind of attitude from Restaurants and franchises

*Consumer Comment: you cant beat them

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I worked for Pizza Hut in the late eighties, right out of high school

*Consumer Comment: As an assistant manager of a well know fastfood chain I am appauled at the accusations

*UPDATE Employee: Question still remaining.. Why Boycott them all?

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Asst. Mgr. Taco Bell

*UPDATE Employee: your nothing but some low life

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I used to work for Pizza Hut Inc (aka Tricon)

*UPDATE Employee: Not all areas are the same

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(The following is my opinion and beliefs based on personal knowledge and information found in the course of events, research and results to date. I encourage others to read and decide for themselves. The information presented applies to: customers, employees, investors and top management. )

For the record, I'd first like to clarify some things. The purpose for this is because I've been accused and chastised for many things over the past few weeks which are untrue. I find it interesting that many choose to jump to conclusions or make assumptions when confronted with information they don't wish to hear. To attack the messenger, so to speak, and ignore the message. Therefore, just for clarity sake:

- Pizza is one of my favorite foods, right along with Mexican food. I have been an avid customer of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell for decades. I love their food and dearly wish I could trust them again to eat at their establishments. But with what I have learned over the past few months, that trust is now gone and until major changes are made within the structure of the companies involved, at least for some of my local outlets, I personally choose not to remain a customer.

- I am not an employee with a competitor. I have never worked for Wendy's, McDonald's, Papa Johns, Dominoes, or any others. I have no affiliation with any of them and never have had. I have, however, been an employee of Pizza Hut in the mid-70's for nearly four years. I am quite familiar with job duties in all aspects of the dining room, kitchen, working with customers, serving. I was also employed in 1999 by Pizza Hut to train for shift manager when I chose to return to Pizza Hut and work my way up to the highest level of management available within my area. Unfortunately, that return was short-lived for reasons explained below.

- I do not have a personal vendetta or negative agenda against these companies. In fact, if you read this thoroughly, you'll see I have suggestions that will resolve long term problems and benefit all, including patrons, employees, investors and higher management.

- I was not fired and I have not quit. Technically, according to the law, I am still an employee.

- It has been insinuated that since I am female and from California, that makes me a "dumb blonde." For those who wish to confirm this, my bio link is posted below. I am blonde, yes. And my I.Q., last tested, was 146. I believe that scores a bit above "dumb." I have several professions, and have had for many years. I am a Doctor of Hypnotherapy (retired), a published writer, criminal investigative consultant to law enforcement and I own a small publishing company.

- I do not personally own stock in Tricon or Pepsi. I originally planned on buying stock in both these companies until I learned of the following information included in this site. I have since changed my mind and have no interest in being a part of wrongdoing to others.

BACKGROUND:

In November, 1998 I caught the flu. After three weeks, the flu became pneumonia. During a severe coughing bout, I broke the cartilage on seven ribs, two of which punctured my left lung and collapsed it, nearly killing me. I could not speak, nor move. Medical attention was not an option as I am a widow with children and our medical benefits ceased when my husband died. Unbeknownst to us at the time, when the ribs broke, those that supported the left shoulder muscles (rotator cuff) contributed to the tearing of these same muscles. Weeks later I discovered I had torn muscles in my shoulder rather than a dislocated shoulder as I originally thought. My kids nursed me back to health and it took 9.5 months to recover, build back my strength and try to find a Doctor who would assist me.

At the end of this time frame, I had been given the "go-ahead" to return to work. I had only 2 months left of stretching exercises to rebuild the flexibility of the muscles and atrophy. I had only three limitations in my work duties: no vacuuming, no mopping and a weight restriction (nothing over 8 pounds on my left arm and nothing over 35 pounds on my right arm) for approximately 8 more weeks. The injury wiped out our savings and resources.

I responded to an ad I found in a local paper. The ad was from our local Pizza Hut franchise looking for shift manager trainees. The number given was to the corporate office. I called, explained my previous injury and temporary limitations, and was told they were not a problem. I was referred to the local restaurant in my area. I contacted the manager there, explained the same information, and was hired for shift manager. Agreements were made that I would receive full time work (40 hours a week). The limitations were acknowledged, put on my application and fully disclosed. My job duties were to include all aspects of the restaurant and I was to receive accelerated training, beginning with shift manager, followed by assistant manager training, split between this restaurant, another restaurant and classes.

On my first day at work, the manager was verbally abusive to me and other employees. I noticed most of the employees were teens, and for some, this was their first job. I found kids under the age of 12 climbing into the trash dumpster, hired by the manager to do yard work and gardening, paid under the table. I found conditions which I suspected violated health codes, but had no confirmation at that moment (I found that confirmation later). I also found my manager reneged on our agreement of my hours and assigned me 19 hours instead of 40. I was not shown Workman's Comp information, OSHA information, first aid kit, or even the kitchen itself where I could find the items for my customers in the dining room who were asking me for things not visible to them (food items, napkins, etc).

On the second day of work, I found I had been assigned only to waitress (once again), and no training was going to be provided unless I consistently asked for it and requested it. I also found I was assigned to close the restaurant (closing waitress), which included vacuuming, one of the limitations we had agreed upon I would not be doing. When I tried to discuss this with the manager, she informed me if I wanted to keep my job I had to do it. I tried. I tore the muscle slightly in my left shoulder again, but enough to know I had created damage.

On the third day of work, upon arriving, I found I had been assigned as the only waitress again. Protesting did no good. I informed my manager the moment I arrived that I had injured my shoulder the night before (as Workman Comp dictates that injury be reported) and she said nothing. Hours into my shift, while filling a pitcher of beer for customers, I tore the muscles the rest of the way and felt two ribs break at the top of my back. I barely got the beer to the table and excused myself from my customers. I went to the kitchen and asked my manager to come help me as I was having trouble breathing and ready to pass out. She refused.

After nearly 20 minutes and several attempts to get her help, my manager finally came back to where I was in the kitchen. Instead of helping me, she became irate and chewed me out. Driving myself home at barely 25 miles an hour, I barely made it. She did not offer medical assistance, forms or reports to fill out, a ride home, a taxi, ambulance, or even bother to call and see if I made it home alive. Not until the next morning, when she called to see if I was coming in to work. Then she called back to let me know that she had just talked to her manager and the corporate office, and if I wished to return to work I had to bring a Doctor's note stating it was ok.

Immediately after this, believing that this particular manager was perhaps conducting activities the corporate office was not aware of which involved numerous wrongdoings, I faxed a full explanation of events to them. No response. So I faxed to their CEO. No response. Except to withhold my paycheck for hours worked in a futile attempt to pretend I didn't exist.

After several faxes to the CEO and corporate office trying to collect my paycheck, I finally realized the manager was not acting alone, the CEO and corporate office condoned this behavior and delegated these wrongdoings, or chose to ignore them at the very least. I then faxed a full explanation to President Mike Rawlings (Pizza Hut), with copies to all concerned, believing that finally someone with authority would be somewhat concerned with the laws and codes that were being abused. I was naive to think that if pointed out, these abuses would stop. And I was naive to believe that anyone cared about employees or customers, except where it concerned the money they generated or cost.

I received an apologetic letter from Mr. Rawlings and a thank you for bringing to his attention the health code violations and as he called it, "disgraceful" conditions within this restaurant. (It's important to note here that the franchise owner of this restaurant owns virtually all of the Pizza Hut's in the San Diego area, totally over 65 or so locations. This affects a great many customers and employees just in this area.) However, Mr. Rawlings ignored the injury caused to me, or the violations of wages and hours, or agreements which had been reneged upon. He ignored everything except what affected the profit margin of Pizza Hut.

After weeks of faxes and fighting, the franchise owner finally opened up a claim for Workman's Comp, opened as "disputed." I was informed by the representative for their insurance company that it would most likely be denied at the end of 90 days, although not given a reason why. It was in this time I began searching for information that educated me to my rights, state and federal laws, codes and violations, etc. The links I found in my research (included below) are those of other incidents which range over a period of years that are reminiscent, parallel or similar to my events.

To date, no medical assistance has been provided to me. My Workman's Comp claim has just been denied. The representative who asked for my medical info let my fax and copies mailed sit idle while she informed her manager that "nothing" was happening on my claim because I refused to cooperate. Her manager had no answers as to why she had lied to him and informed him of this, and it was he who took the time to contact at least one of my Doctor's and retrieve information. How thorough anyone else tried to get to the truth is anyone's guess, for those answers will only come out when we go to a hearing before the Workman's Comp board which I will pursue.

I am now left with a permanent disability. I will never be able to lift over a few pounds without causing re-injury to the ribs and shoulder. I will pursue the legalities for my own rights, but when you consider I will take them to court and only my events will be address, judged upon and decisions made. That leaves the rest of these conditions that I have discovered unresolved unless I speak out. To ignore those, to me, would be negligent on my behalf and allow them to continue with the same behavior until someone else is hurt or affected. My own conscience won't allow that.

WHAT I'VE DISCOVERED IN THE PROCESS:

I'm a firm believer in there is always something to learn, even when you find yourself in the midst of negative events, there is something positive that can come out of it. And I've had over three months or recuperation, fights, discussions, faxes, letters, phone calls, research, contemplation and hardships to search for those positive outcomes. I will list some of those here, but first, I'd like to share with you some of what I've discovered in this process.

- I believed those who were committing wrongdoing would be replaced, retrained, educated to the proper laws or methods, their behavior and misconduct corrected and those areas of concern comply with all that is supposed to happen and expected to happen when you are held accountable. I was wrong. What I found was that it was not just a rogue manager or CEO. It was condoned all the way up to every CEO throughout Pizza Hut that I contacted (over half a dozen).

- I believed that the investors, once made aware of some of the serious problems that exist within these walls, including wage and hour violations (see links) which range across the state of California, health code violations, discrimination, Workman's Comp violations, etc., would have been more concerned with where they place their money. I found, however, that for the most part, they met my words with silence. The majority of those few who did respond, chose to attack my integrity, character, affiliation, sex, hair color, intelligence, etc. rather than admit that the articles which links provided them to were accurate and a true portrayal of today's company profile. They made assumptions (incorrect ones), accusations, called me a liar, and contested the validity of major newspapers, articles and writers. They would choose to believe that since Tricon has been born, a split off from Pepsi, that all problems are resolved quickly and immediately, with full attention to abiding by the laws set forth. They are naive to believe that, as I was. What's more, they don't seem to care. Not for the employees who work long hours in these conditions to feed their families or pay bills. Not for the customers who unknowingly may be eating contaminated food or eating in contaminating conditions which higher ups don't care about. No, what I've witnessed instead, is a disregard for anything except what the stock price is at the moment and whether or not they are losing or gaining money.

I wonder how vicious they would have been had I had been a customer with a valid complaint? Would I receive the same treatment? Is this the level of professionalism they operate on when someone disagrees with the "perfect" world Tricon would have you believe themselves to have created? Does it truly not matter to them, their own integrity and conscience, that the very people they are making their money on, i.e. the employees and customers, are being treated in illegal, unfair and unsafe conditions? To not know of events and be a part of them is one thing, ignorance is allowed to some degree. But when the information is there to read, research is available if they chose to take some time and look with open eyes, and then once gained... to participate with knowledge of wrongdoings makes them just as responsible. If one chooses to make a profit on the hardships or abuse caused others, then I say shame on them.

- I found that the execs are quite knowledgeable of these wrongdoings and condone it. Changes don't seem to be made until forced into it, either by lawsuit or by public demand and negative reputation gained. Voluntary change when it will cost them money to correct something is not the first priority. Fighting, avoidance, denial and legal game-playing is how they handle the problems until they become so noticed by others they can't avoid them. This is by no means the absolute, but seems to be in the majority of events I've researched and experienced with them.

- I find no one seems to care about the kids I witnessed climbing into the trash dumpster and hired illegally by the manager. What if one of them were to fall head first into that dumpster and break his neck? Would the parents then become aware of the activities being engaged in at this location? I bet they would about the time they sued the franchise owner and Pizza Hut for the injuries. And how would their complaints be met? With accusation? Denial? Would their medical be covered? Would they not be saddled with a lawsuit and months to years worth of legalities to pursue what rights they have for the sake of their child? A child who should not be working on the premises under those conditions to begin with. And what if the child were to die? Does no one concern themselves with this behavior on behalf of Pizza Hut management that they believe this is ok? Well, I care. I don't want to read of his accident or death in my paper or hear it on the news and realize I could have said something and didn't. So I am. And I'll continue to do so until changes are made with proven track records and those responsible are held accountable.

- I found that records from the San Diego Health Dept. clearly show the same manager (who has 19 years experience with Pizza Hut) was cited several times for nearly two years for not having a working thermometer, properly repaired refrigerator door latch, among other citations for contamination or possible contaminating conditions. I have to raise the questions here, how long does it take to buy a thermometer? Why wouldn't that be of concern to her? When the temperature of food is lowered within the refrigerator to a contaminating level, would that not be something of concern? How and why is this blatantly ignored for nearly two years? Why didn't her own manager or the corporate office make her address these? They receive copies of these reports. Where are the ethics of that manager when she ignores those health codes to comply with and then proceeds to cook this food for the patrons, and worse, send it off to the local elementary children who just ordered 80 mini pizzas for school lunch? My thought is, fire the manager. She obviously chooses to ignore these. And fire her manager as well for ignoring them as well. This has not been done, however. They are still on payroll last check. In fact, she has won awards from Pizza Hut for her great service to the company. ???

- I include Pepsi in on the boycott for two reasons: 1) the origins of Tricon (Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC) stem from Pepsi (see links). Pepsi CEO, Roger Enrico, handpicked the CEO's of Tricon. This particular restaurant I worked in was owned by Pizza Hut under Pepsi's rule prior to the split into Tricon, and therefore falls under Enrico's past management, policies, etc. It is now owned by a franchise, but the same manager has worked for both Pizza Hut and the current owner. 2) I was disgusted with the years of bad behavior on behalf of Pepsi and Enrico, the ethics and continual belief on their end that they can get away with whatever they please (see link to bloodbath).

SOLUTIONS:

The solutions I suggest are simple in theory, probably impossible in reality. But only if the CEO's choose it to be impossible. They are:

TO THE COMPANIES:

- Comply with the state and federal laws. Don't willingly and blatantly abuse and violate them and assume that no one knows any better, won't fight you, or report you.

- Don't ignore a problem and wait for lawsuits to build up to resolve it. What you may save in dollars spent to correct a problem on the onset will be lost ten fold in a lawsuit that you are found responsible.

- Don't print, suggest or imply benefits to your employees that you have no intention of honoring. And don't allow your franchisee's to do so either. Keep closer supervision on what they are doing at all times and double check their reports. Your reputation is at stake when you don't, for they won't always behave the way you think they should either.

- Appreciate your customers and employees better. Without them, investors and management don't make any money. To abuse them, you take money out of your own pocket.

- Develop better ethics. And then insist your employees, all of them, take ethics training.

- Understand this is no longer a world of ignorance to wrongdoing. It took me only a few days to write and email nearly 200 press releases to major newspapers and media outlets across the country. I can send thousands within a week, providing Internet links to articles many prestigious papers and writers have already published for years, as well as email thousands of patrons, investors and employees around the world. If I can do it, so can others you abuse. What you may think you are doing in secret and undiscovered by the masses can quickly change before you assess damage control and think a way out of your predicament. Better to clean it up to begin with, no?

TO THE INVESTORS:

- Research the companies you're putting your money into. If you don't care about the issues listed here, then I can't offer you a darn thing, because honestly your ethics are then what I want no part of. Enjoy your money and I wish you well.

- Don't be so quick to make assumptions and engage in name calling and call people liars. Maybe they are telling you the truth. Maybe they don't have an agenda except to make you aware and hope someone higher up cares enough about their almighty dollar to filter some better ethics all the way down to the folks who have to work in these places.

- If you don't like the patterns of ill behavior you see from the companies you invest in, speak up. Help get them to change it, and if they won't, get rid of your stock. I guarantee you, they'll eventually get the message.

TO THE EMPLOYEES AND PARENTS OF EMPLOYEES:

- If something doesn't seem quite right, check it out. There are tons of resources on the web alone for legalities, codes, state and federal laws. If you find you're being cheated or rights abused, speak up. And speak loudly. Apparently that's the only voice they hear, one that screams over and over.

- Keep in mind there are other jobs to go to. You don't have to put up with abuse from anyone.

- If your teen is working for or about to work for these companies, inspect the premises. Ask to see the health dept. reports which should be available from your local area for a minimal charge. See if there are long-standing problems ignored. Go on the web and check the OSHA records. See if there are complaints or hazardous conditions left unresolved. Check with the BBB and see if there are complaints.

- Listen carefully to the complaints your son or daughter, husband or wife may bring home about the working conditions. Don't believe these companies comply with all they are supposed to.


TO THE CUSTOMERS:

- First, don't trust anything. Don't trust that your silverware is clean or your food is safe. Ask if they have a dish washer (machine). Don't trust that the glass you are about to drink out of has been washed according to health code standards. I was told by my manager not to wash them very much as "most people use straws." I ignored those instructions and scrubbed them thoroughly, then was reprimanded for "wasting time."

- Complain to the authorities, such as the health dept. or BBB when you find conditions to be unsanitary. That goes for dirty floors, clogged toilets, etc. Chances are, what you're seeing is the tip of the iceberg as I found. Don't just complain to the manager. Chances are they are quite aware of that clogged toilet and they don't care. Complain to the media if need be, and ask they send someone in under cover to check it for themselves. Then follow up on the findings.

- Most of all, speak up. Don't think they actually care, because they don't. But if you don't speak up, chances are, no one else will either. If you do speak up, you add your voice, your complaint to others who have the courage to do so. Those records add up. Then they become available to others in more dire circumstances who research those records, whether they be with the BBB, OSHA, etc. Eventually, enough voices means dollars... and big dollars, to those who dictate the operations, policies, training, etc. of the company. Again, having to force them to change because they won't do so voluntarily unless it is obvious it's going to affect their profit margin.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Please explain what Pepsi has to do with any of this

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

Pepsi is named in the title of the rip off. WHY???

I work for a PepsiCo owned company, and can assure you that Pizza Hut is in no way affiliated with Pepsi.

Pepsico owns Quaker-Tropicana-Gatorade, and FritoLay. They do NOT own Pizza Hut.
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Taco Hell...

AUTHOR: John - (U.S.A.)

I'd boycott Taco Hell just for the sake of their food being gross....
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AUTHOR: Lexi - (U.S.A.)

I realize that this is a very old report, but I'd like to rebut anyway, because maybe someone will read this and learn something. I hope.

I am an ex-employee of Pizza Hut, and so are some of my family members, and I had no problem with the company whatsoever.

While I sympathize with the nature of the problem, there are several questions that have come to my mind, the first being, if you did not seek medical treatment because you were unable, how do you know what you had that made you ill? You then stated towards the end that you looked for a doctor who would assist you, and you weren't clear on when although you stated something about taking 9 months to heal and find a doctor who would assist you.

Another concern I have is the nature of your complaint. While I don't knock the seriousness of your injuries, I'd like you to know that the way you approach others will set the stage for their response to you, and will either make or break your case.

From a business perspective, I can understand the Workman's Comp issue, because you had a pre-existing condition, and Workman's Comp absolutely will not cover injuries related to pre-existing conditions, even if it was something exacerbated by the job. I've been down that road myself.

Next, I'd like you to know that if you want to be a shift manager, you must know the store. That means working in every aspect of the store, from waiting tables to making pizzas, driving deliveries, taking calls, and so on. It is appropriate to train you in this way by having you wait tables, make pizzas, wash dishes, do prep, drive deliveries, and so forth.

The store also has to work within it's budget. You may have been hired for 40 hours originally, but perhaps business dictated that you work less hours, especially considering your injuries and related limitations. If your work performance was not as well as anticipated, they'll cut your hours accordingly, because they can't afford to risk further loss. Training costs money, and if your work performance is low, even if it's because of your injuries, they have no choice but to cut your hours because otherwise the store loses money because of you. It's also possible that if there wasn't much business or sales were low, then they would not be able to keep you on the clock, so they send you home -- that's part of the budget thing.

I agree that verbal abuse on the part of the manager was deplorable, and the most you can do there is file a report with the head office about that. I haven't seen where they put up with that, I've seen owners lose their franchises over such things.

This brings me to your approach. The nature of your complaint is very argumentative and "complainy", leaning heavily on the whiny side. When you approach the higher ups, you must use tact and you must exude an air of professionalism. You can not come off as threatening or whiny, because that will only result in them rolling their eyes at you and not wanting to address the situation. You want to gain their respect, which in turn will cause them to want to work with you, not turn them off and see your case as nothing but a pain in the patootie.

If I were working in the home office, after reading your report, I'd be rolling my eyes and wanting to trash the durned thing and hope you'll just go away and leave me alone. It's not that I would condone the behavior of the lower-downs, it's that I would not tolerate the nature, or attitude, of your report.

You need to be able to express some personal responsibility in the matter, it was you who went to them for a job, after all. Life is unfair, and I'm sorry about that, but if your approach to Corporate was anything like your report here, I can see why they didn't want to give you the time of day.

You then further your negative approach by calling for everyone to boycott the company over something that happened to you that you are partially responsible for, yet fail to realize or acknowledge. Are you so important that the rest of this country should boycott the company over your perceived problem?

Some of that is an issue of you needing to learn to roll with the punches. Another part of that is that you need to learn to accept different facets of your training. They don't need to give you OSHA guidelines every day, but in training they do go over those, they have standardized training, that's part of the Corporate rules for franchisees. The employees go to a "class" where all of the OSHA videos are shown that need to be shown, and they go over your job training and other details. The class I had to go to took about 3 days. After that, I had to be trained on the floor in the store I was hired to work in. I, too, worked in other stores in addition to the one I was hired to work in.

If there is something in the training that you do not understand or you feel was missed, it is your responsibility to ask your manager or even their supervisors. I do not believe that you were not given any OSHA information at all, though, because as I said, that's covered during the standardized training, and that's mandatory.

I'm sorry that you're going through a difficult time, and perhaps the fast food industry is not for you, although it's some of the easiest work there is out there. Calling for everyone to boycott the company, though, is a bit too much.

If you feel that you have a need to file a lawsuit, then visit an attorney, that is your right. You can also discuss the matter with your local chamber of commerce or Better Business Bureau. The BBB is very good about helping consumers work out issues with local businesses.

If neither of these ideas are satisfactory, then I have no idea of what else to tell you, I'm sure you don't like what I've written here, but it needs to be said. I'm not trying to be mean or spiteful, I'm trying to offer sound advice, and I do wish you well. I hope things look up for you in the future.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Grab a fistfull of ROLLAIDS when you eat here!

AUTHOR: Helene - (U.S.A.)

I wish I knew what the hell Taco Bell fries their meat and other ingredients in!

Must be the same crud that Sonic and most of the other burger franchises use.

Whatever it is, it makes me have INDIGESTION!

I thought perhaps it was just that particuliar location at that particuliar time but I have since found out that whatever the hell they are using to fry the food in make me feel like I have swallowed fire, then ACID and then I THROW UP!

Apparently a reaction to something in whatever the MYSTERY FRY OIL IS!

I thought about suing but I don't know if it is just me or if others aren't getting SICK too!

Looks like Taco Bell's franchising practices are making lots of other folks sick too.

ARE THEY PUTTING THE OLD TACO BELL CHIHUAHUAS FROM THE OLD TV COMMERCIALS INTO THE TACOS OR WHAT!

I WANT FULL DISCLOSURE OF WHAT THEY ARE FRYING THEIR FOOD IN SO I CAN AVOID IT IN THE FUTURE!
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#5 Consumer Comment

WOW....discussion still going.

AUTHOR: Tired Of This Sh*t - (U.S.A.)

Wow comments have tricked in on this for years! I'm sad to say that nothing has changed with these places and the complainer is right. She asked what would happen if she were a legitimate customer with a legitimate complaint? First hand experience here. first corporate will ignore your complaint for 5 months until you complain again. Then the franchise owner will call you on the phone and pick a fight threatening you with a lawsuit because your answering machine mentions another fast food place. He'll tell you that people DO NOT get sick from the food in his restaraunts and you'll have to explain bluntly enough to make the grown imbecile cry audibly on the phone that you don't understand how he can live with himself after looking in the mirror every morning knowing that this is the way he treats his customers. That you would NEVER treat another human being that way, and that if he so chooses to file a lawsuit against you because of the place you work, he's not going to get anything but your crappy ten year old car with the badly stained carpet. Have at it PAL! Incidentally, a week later I got an apology letter and $100 american express card in the mail. Apparently he did have a conscience, but the customer does not deserve that!
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#6 Consumer Comment

i found your letter

AUTHOR: Sarah - (U.S.A.)

very eye opening.And as you have said the customers are being done wrong,and the company is either agreeing with the stores or letting it pass on by.This is not acceptable for with out customers there is no company.the problem i have is manager's minding paying customers business and go as for as calling other people on the phone and getting trouble started. I feel that this company should start over from the ground up,and getting better people in their stores.For reading things in this site and hearing things
and with what i had to put up with i just don't understand how this company can be still around.
don't we the people know we don't have to except this kind of treatment? where are we? lets be heard.My family means the world to me and for what i have read on this site my family and myself will never eat at these companies again until i see and hear of a big over haul of them.I love my family enough to cook at home,We don't have to eat out. thanks for the eye opener
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#7 UPDATE Employee

deralicts with no real sense of right and wrong

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

Nicole

I agree up to the point you make about "for every good one there is 1 bad one."

Your statement should have been along the lines of: For every good manager at PH, there's 30 deralicts with no real sense of right and wrong.
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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds

it does all depend on the managers and frachisers

AUTHOR: Nicole - (U.S.A.)

Both my husband and I have worked for Taco Bell in PA and I can state that it does all depend on the managers and frachisers. I worked under at least 6 diffrent general managers and had a diffrent experience with all. I went from managers who cared (and me having been a trainer can say when I trained people they knew what they were doing and all was always followed) to managers that allowed immoral things to happen in there resturant and I can say it is still going on today. From general managers stealing from the safe to general managers sleeping with there 15 year old employees. So realize that for every good one there is 1 or more bad ones.
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it does all depend on the managers and frachisers

AUTHOR: Nicole - (U.S.A.)

Both my husband and I have worked for Taco Bell in PA and I can state that it does all depend on the managers and frachisers. I worked under at least 6 diffrent general managers and had a diffrent experience with all. I went from managers who cared (and me having been a trainer can say when I trained people they knew what they were doing and all was always followed) to managers that allowed immoral things to happen in there resturant and I can say it is still going on today. From general managers stealing from the safe to general managers sleeping with there 15 year old employees. So realize that for every good one there is 1 or more bad ones.
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it does all depend on the managers and frachisers

AUTHOR: Nicole - (U.S.A.)

Both my husband and I have worked for Taco Bell in PA and I can state that it does all depend on the managers and frachisers. I worked under at least 6 diffrent general managers and had a diffrent experience with all. I went from managers who cared (and me having been a trainer can say when I trained people they knew what they were doing and all was always followed) to managers that allowed immoral things to happen in there resturant and I can say it is still going on today. From general managers stealing from the safe to general managers sleeping with there 15 year old employees. So realize that for every good one there is 1 or more bad ones.
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#11 UPDATE Employee

You want proof? I've got 173 pages of proof in court records and correspondence

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

Lady, I've got 173 pages of proof in court records and correspondence between my attorney and ADF not to mention several pages of depositions given by people whose stories have been verified. Proof? What in the SAM HILL is wrong with you?

Consumer suggestion for californians: next time you post your thoughts, try adding something of importance. Better yet, why don't ya'll just go to HE**! JEEEEEZ! Do these people ever get tired of this hypocritical pinko whining?
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Pass the Pizza & Beer

AUTHOR: Karlton - (U.S.A.)

Wow what a read here. The insults the drama the boycott, the comedy.

Sad to think in this day in age where cell phones have voice recorders and cameras built in there would be not one shred of evidence inserted into the record here. All I see is a he said, she said, he said, she said food fight. To what end?

For now I am ordering a bucket of chicken a side of pizza some Pepsi for the kids and a cold beer for the reading on RIP OFF REPORT the worlds best web site!

Consumer Suggestion: POST VERIFIABLE PROOF with EVERY RIP OFF REPORT!
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To the poster

AUTHOR: Erica - (U.S.A.)

Hello! I used to work for a lady who was an ex employee of Pizza Hut. She was harassed and treated like garbage. No amount of complaining helped her. She is disabled, and ended up suing the company for her harassment and won. (Americans with Disabilities Act probably helped her.)

If you can show proof that you discussed this with the company before being hired, you might be able to do this. I don't usualy condone it, but if they knew about it in advance, then I would at least try. You never know.
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#14 UPDATE Employee

What? The fact that you think the liberals are for the working man just goes to show that your understanding is lacking.

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

The only person I see getting way off base in this thread is you. The fact that you think the liberals are for the working man just goes to show that your understanding is lacking.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: NOBODY IS FOR THE WORKING MAN ANYMORE. Not Conservatives or Liberals and especially not ADF Pizza Huts. The only people FOR the working man is the working man himself.

I don't have to take up a "damn the man" slogan or philosophy to fight my fight. I'm not a Hippie nor am I one of these hard-lined conservatives you spoke of. The fact that you automatically stereotype people in these categories just goes to show your ignorance of the subject you are speaking of. This is typical of liberals like yourself. You liked the Clintons and Kennedy's. We all know that. We just don't know why.

I can tell that you are from the "Plateau" where the air is thin. What in the h**l does this mean: "...obviously you need the entry before yours paraphrased for you". What? Maybe you should buy a Harbrace English Composition Guide before you start talking about proper English with others. Anyone who reads your last post will see that it is filled with inconsistencies and hypocritical statements that people like myself have grown accustomed to hearing from people like you.

Good luck with your whining in Crossville! Have the police shot anymore family pets over there?
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#15 UPDATE EX-employee responds

The focus of this problem is getting way off track... Pizza Hut or franchised-owned AmeriHuts is ran badly

AUTHOR: David - (U.S.A.)

I have to agree with alot of people on this site that say not every Pizza Hut or franchised-owned AmeriHuts is ran badly. I have heard in the past that franchisees do not always operate their stores under the rules that company-based Pizza Huts are ran. I did work at a Pizza Hut here locally for a couple of years as a delivery driver. It was a franchise-owned by some guy that owns several stores in the Middle/East Tennessee area. I never had a problem with being abused by any management or employee at this store. If there was a problem between two employees, the RGM would sit them down and talk with both of them to get it settled out in a professional manner. One of the asst managers did have an awful time trying to claim her Workman's/Worker's Compensation check for when she sprained her arm badly. I didn't see the whole fuss about how that is worded either, anyone with half a brain knows what the check is for.

I feel this woman who was abused and mistreated at this store has every right to pursue this to the full extent of the law as she feels necessary. That is no way to be treated at the workplace. I am disgusted at the action's the general manager did. Plus the way the high-ups in the corporation ignored was another bogus thing. But like someone said before, many CEO's and boards of the corporations don't give a damn, they just want money and for their product to be safe. Thats it, screw the working class. Not to say Aaron's argument isn't valid, but who are you to trash liberals like you do when liberal ideas have helped the working class out immensely. FDR was one the greatest president this country has had. He and his cabinet helped pick ourselves out of the hole we got into economically and get started again with so many government programs. You yourself value from TVA in this area, one of the projects that got started. Do you really know everything about conservatism in all aspects of politics? I can agree that alot of liberal jargon on things being politically correct gets a little out of hand, but the point is to try and connect the people. All I ever see with hard-assed conservatives is lines. Lines between the working class and the rich, lines between straights and gays, lines between rich politicians working for themselves to line up their already fat pockets and the guy working his ass off and having to sell drugs to make the rent money. It's pathetic.

I don't give a damn what Clinton did in his private life with Lewinsky even though I think it was morally wrong, we have no business treaded in that water. So many people pointed the finger at him (especially around here, in this up-tight rednecked Bible-toting place I'm from) saying he should be out of office for it.

Well, hate to break the news, but millions of men cheat on their wives every year, and I bet at least some of them go to church and put on the "good Christian" act. I just don't understand why Aaron puts so much emphasis that liberal ideals are against the people.

t was the liberal ideas of Frank Zappa that helped musicians make music the way they want available for the people, without some conservative watchdog making sure it was "safe" for us to listen to. I'm no left-wing nut as I see total liberty being anarchy, but the more conservative you are, the more control over the people you believe in. Aaron, obviously you need the entry before yours paraphrased for you. If we are going to "fight the power (of the corporations who don't care about who is bringing them in the money, just money), you gotta damn the man (head honcho who has the most money and power).
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#16 UPDATE Employee

I just can't agree with your last comment.

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

Thanks but no thanks.

Although I appreciate your comments concerning the legitimacy of my beefs with ADF Pizza Huts, I just can't agree with your last comment.

This situation is not about "Damn the man" or "fight the power". It is about fighting EVIL and not letting that EVIL bully you around. It is about having some backbone and making companies like ADF Pizza Huts accountable to their own list of rules and State Law. ADF's policies do not over-ride State Law or Right and Wrong. They never have and they never will.

This is situation is about "FIGHTING the GOOD FIGHT" not some hippie slogan from the 70's or 80's.

Thanks but no thanks.
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#17 Consumer Comment

Not Very Nice

AUTHOR: Melissa - (U.S.A.)

I just don't like the way that Aaron was treated for stating his opinion. Personally, I think Pizza Hut is too greasy and I have not been to one in some time. The ones in Western MA are mostly closing down.

I think the unethical practices are disgusting and should be taken SERIOUSLY. That is the point. Attacking Aaron because he seemingly has a different viewpoint than many others is childish. There are ways to get your point across without ganging up on one another like a elementary school play ground.

To the orignal poster, I wish you the best of luck. I too am a writer, (although tonight being 3:30 in the morning I'm sure my grammar and spelling are just awful!) and think it's an excellent form of expression and release. I'm not sure what you do write but 'insider info' books seem to sell really well. I remember a short time ago someone made a bundle with a book called 'Fast Food Nation."

Good luck!!

And to quote a show hosted by one of the only cool republicans I've ever seen: "Fight back don't let them push you around.." (gosh how I miss the 80's)

Aaron: fight the power, damn the man!!!
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#18 Consumer Comment

Not A Strong Case

AUTHOR: Mark - (U.S.A.)

One has to give the author credit for making a cogent and methodical case, but I won't be joining the boycott anytime soon.

Although the author produced a long treatise which probably took longer to produce than the 3 days she worked at Pizza Hut, there are only a few pertinent issues here.

Why did this individual who had medical prohibitions against light manual labor (e.g. vacuuming, mopping, lifting) choose to work in the fast food restaurant business where such labor is commonly expected of all employees (including managers)?

Was Pizza Hut actually aware of these limitations when they hired this individual? The answer is yes according to the author but it lacks credulity. Are we to believe the corporate HR office would knowingly hire a person who admits they have physical injuries which are not yet healed, thus opening themselves up to exactly what the author is doing? Even a corporate egghead could see the handwriting on the wall; "please hire me so I can immediately file for workers compensation and sue you."

But let's assume the corporate HR is asleep at the wheel and hires this person. The individual lists all these limitations are on the application and it was agreed to by the manager. Why the manager would agree to hiring the individual under such circumstances is odd to say the least, but apparently the manager didn't care what was agreed to IN WRITING anyway and directed the author to vacuum the floor. The author who is very cogent, methodical and was extremely careful to note these limitations in writing acceded to the manager's blatant disregard of a written agreement and injured herself. Why didn't the author (who has an IQ of 146) say, "I'm sorry, but let me remind you of our agreement. I can't do this task until I'm healed and if you keep insisting, I'll have to inform the corporate manager who approved my hire." Instead the gifted author suddenly became a silent victim of corporate malfeasance

In anticipation of a rebuttal that the author was broke and needed the money, let me remind you that she made it crystal clear that she could only accept the job on the terms that she put in the application. Since the terms were immediately broken by the manager on her first day of work, she should have immediately stopped work before doing the task that would cause injury.

While the author is welcome to take legal action against Pizza Hut, I hope she resists the temptation to bring up irrelevant issue with respect to her case. Whether or not the manager 'verbally abused' her, shorted her horus, hired children to pick up trash, or didn't give her sufficient training on her first day at work has no bearing on her workers comp issue. In fact, this piling on of misdeeds by the manager seems to indicate her actual case is weak. Only after she was let go did she go forward to identify these side issues, and according to her, the corporation appears to be acknowledging the problems as they should be.

On a personal note, if anybody has worked in the fast food world (I have and for considerably more than 3 days), you could probably cite dozens of examples where there was a lapse in sanitation, poor working conditions, or bad management.
Working in a restaurant is thankless hard work with low wages, and like Rodney Dangerfield use to say, you get no respect (inc. managers).
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OK Darren. I'll take you up on that challenge.

AUTHOR: Jacob - (U.S.A.)

Darren, although I spent some time doing so, I found every one of Aaron's posts. I read every one of them also. The only person that needs some education is you. I agree with Aaron on all of his rantings. I see what he observes about life on a daily basis. You are delusional and in need of some serious self-analysis. I would tell YOU what educational courses that YOU are lacking in but I don't believe that it would do any good. There is no doubt in my mind that YOU are your OWN biggest fan.

Kristina, I worked for Pizza Hut as a delivery driver while attending college. After receiving my degree in business management, I went to work in Pizza Hut's corporate office as a store auditor. Not once, did I ever come across a store which made a "corporate handbook" readily available to its employees. Unlike you Kristina, I have seen similar instances in which Pizza Hut and Taco Bell have violated labor laws.

Furthermore, Kristina, unlike what you think, most people, who work in the restaraunt business long enough to become part of store management, aren't mental giants. Most have had to stay in that line of work because they are unfit for anything else. Just give it time, Taco Bell will eventually do something to you to make you feel like they are not the greatest employer in the world.

I now work for YUM Foods. You know, the people who own KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, etc. We are trying our best to make these fast food places better places to work for our employees who are decent citizens. We do have a problem of drugs in the work place, especially Pizza Hut delivery stores, and are doing our best to make it harder for the people who wish to do these unlawful things.

Aaron, it is your right to boycott anything you want. It is your right to boycott any restaraunt you want. It is your right to boycott each and every store that you want. Sometimes, a boycott will spur a change in corporate policy. What you should do, is add people like Kristina to your list of things to boycott. She just wanted to argue with someone and shout insults at someone who is obviously having a rough go of things anyways. I guess that makes people like her feel better about herself.
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OK Darren. I'll take you up on that challenge.

AUTHOR: Jacob - (U.S.A.)

Darren, although I spent some time doing so, I found every one of Aaron's posts. I read every one of them also. The only person that needs some education is you. I agree with Aaron on all of his rantings. I see what he observes about life on a daily basis. You are delusional and in need of some serious self-analysis. I would tell YOU what educational courses that YOU are lacking in but I don't believe that it would do any good. There is no doubt in my mind that YOU are your OWN biggest fan.

Kristina, I worked for Pizza Hut as a delivery driver while attending college. After receiving my degree in business management, I went to work in Pizza Hut's corporate office as a store auditor. Not once, did I ever come across a store which made a "corporate handbook" readily available to its employees. Unlike you Kristina, I have seen similar instances in which Pizza Hut and Taco Bell have violated labor laws.

Furthermore, Kristina, unlike what you think, most people, who work in the restaraunt business long enough to become part of store management, aren't mental giants. Most have had to stay in that line of work because they are unfit for anything else. Just give it time, Taco Bell will eventually do something to you to make you feel like they are not the greatest employer in the world.

I now work for YUM Foods. You know, the people who own KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, etc. We are trying our best to make these fast food places better places to work for our employees who are decent citizens. We do have a problem of drugs in the work place, especially Pizza Hut delivery stores, and are doing our best to make it harder for the people who wish to do these unlawful things.

Aaron, it is your right to boycott anything you want. It is your right to boycott any restaraunt you want. It is your right to boycott each and every store that you want. Sometimes, a boycott will spur a change in corporate policy. What you should do, is add people like Kristina to your list of things to boycott. She just wanted to argue with someone and shout insults at someone who is obviously having a rough go of things anyways. I guess that makes people like her feel better about herself.
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OK Darren. I'll take you up on that challenge.

AUTHOR: Jacob - (U.S.A.)

Darren, although I spent some time doing so, I found every one of Aaron's posts. I read every one of them also. The only person that needs some education is you. I agree with Aaron on all of his rantings. I see what he observes about life on a daily basis. You are delusional and in need of some serious self-analysis. I would tell YOU what educational courses that YOU are lacking in but I don't believe that it would do any good. There is no doubt in my mind that YOU are your OWN biggest fan.

Kristina, I worked for Pizza Hut as a delivery driver while attending college. After receiving my degree in business management, I went to work in Pizza Hut's corporate office as a store auditor. Not once, did I ever come across a store which made a "corporate handbook" readily available to its employees. Unlike you Kristina, I have seen similar instances in which Pizza Hut and Taco Bell have violated labor laws.

Furthermore, Kristina, unlike what you think, most people, who work in the restaraunt business long enough to become part of store management, aren't mental giants. Most have had to stay in that line of work because they are unfit for anything else. Just give it time, Taco Bell will eventually do something to you to make you feel like they are not the greatest employer in the world.

I now work for YUM Foods. You know, the people who own KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, etc. We are trying our best to make these fast food places better places to work for our employees who are decent citizens. We do have a problem of drugs in the work place, especially Pizza Hut delivery stores, and are doing our best to make it harder for the people who wish to do these unlawful things.

Aaron, it is your right to boycott anything you want. It is your right to boycott any restaraunt you want. It is your right to boycott each and every store that you want. Sometimes, a boycott will spur a change in corporate policy. What you should do, is add people like Kristina to your list of things to boycott. She just wanted to argue with someone and shout insults at someone who is obviously having a rough go of things anyways. I guess that makes people like her feel better about herself.
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OK Darren. I'll take you up on that challenge.

AUTHOR: Jacob - (U.S.A.)

Darren, although I spent some time doing so, I found every one of Aaron's posts. I read every one of them also. The only person that needs some education is you. I agree with Aaron on all of his rantings. I see what he observes about life on a daily basis. You are delusional and in need of some serious self-analysis. I would tell YOU what educational courses that YOU are lacking in but I don't believe that it would do any good. There is no doubt in my mind that YOU are your OWN biggest fan.

Kristina, I worked for Pizza Hut as a delivery driver while attending college. After receiving my degree in business management, I went to work in Pizza Hut's corporate office as a store auditor. Not once, did I ever come across a store which made a "corporate handbook" readily available to its employees. Unlike you Kristina, I have seen similar instances in which Pizza Hut and Taco Bell have violated labor laws.

Furthermore, Kristina, unlike what you think, most people, who work in the restaraunt business long enough to become part of store management, aren't mental giants. Most have had to stay in that line of work because they are unfit for anything else. Just give it time, Taco Bell will eventually do something to you to make you feel like they are not the greatest employer in the world.

I now work for YUM Foods. You know, the people who own KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, etc. We are trying our best to make these fast food places better places to work for our employees who are decent citizens. We do have a problem of drugs in the work place, especially Pizza Hut delivery stores, and are doing our best to make it harder for the people who wish to do these unlawful things.

Aaron, it is your right to boycott anything you want. It is your right to boycott any restaraunt you want. It is your right to boycott each and every store that you want. Sometimes, a boycott will spur a change in corporate policy. What you should do, is add people like Kristina to your list of things to boycott. She just wanted to argue with someone and shout insults at someone who is obviously having a rough go of things anyways. I guess that makes people like her feel better about herself.
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Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light

AUTHOR: Ricky - (U.S.A.)

You are a sad little man with too much time on your hands. Why don't you turn off the computer and make a legitimate contribution to the human race. I don't know why you have picked Aaron as the one to single out when there are so many fruit-loops,like yourself, to choose from on this site. Aaron has a degree. You lied about yours. Aaron has information to offer concerning Pizza Hut. You don't. Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light. You're not. Darren you have not been able to enlighten anyone with any of your posts. Aaron has. 'Nuff said!
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Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light

AUTHOR: Ricky - (U.S.A.)

You are a sad little man with too much time on your hands. Why don't you turn off the computer and make a legitimate contribution to the human race. I don't know why you have picked Aaron as the one to single out when there are so many fruit-loops,like yourself, to choose from on this site. Aaron has a degree. You lied about yours. Aaron has information to offer concerning Pizza Hut. You don't. Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light. You're not. Darren you have not been able to enlighten anyone with any of your posts. Aaron has. 'Nuff said!
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Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light

AUTHOR: Ricky - (U.S.A.)

You are a sad little man with too much time on your hands. Why don't you turn off the computer and make a legitimate contribution to the human race. I don't know why you have picked Aaron as the one to single out when there are so many fruit-loops,like yourself, to choose from on this site. Aaron has a degree. You lied about yours. Aaron has information to offer concerning Pizza Hut. You don't. Aaron is doing his best to bring issues about Pizza Hut to light. You're not. Darren you have not been able to enlighten anyone with any of your posts. Aaron has. 'Nuff said!
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A rotten apple Does spoil the bunch...

AUTHOR: Thomas - (U.S.A.)

You need to get your "OL' SAYINS'" correct if you're going to use them. A rotten potatoe will do the same thing just in case you're interested. If the flag that Amerihuts is flyin' says "Pizza Hut" then they're just as responsible for the misconduct that goes on.

I can't believe how many of you people see fit to state your IQ. This makes you look insecure.

I've lived in TN all my life and I know NOT ONE PERSON WHO HAS EVER MOVED TO FL. You're right they're are alot of folks who move there and there are very few TRUE FLORIDIANS. The reason why is because they're all moving here along with all the Snowbirds.

I have to agree with Aaron that Richard Nixon was a good man. The people around him were the crooks. If you had any IQ POINTS then you would realize that.

I hate Pizza Hut's product. It's lousy to say the least. Nobody can make a pizza like the traditional Italian pizza. We've got several Italian owned pizza places here in Blount County and that's who gets all my business; not some corporate goon runned franchise.

Get with the program people, Aaron is on target! He does have a legitimate beef with Amerihuts and I hope he is able to make these goons think twice before they try to treat their employees in such a manner again.
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A rotten apple Does spoil the bunch...

AUTHOR: Thomas - (U.S.A.)

You need to get your "OL' SAYINS'" correct if you're going to use them. A rotten potatoe will do the same thing just in case you're interested. If the flag that Amerihuts is flyin' says "Pizza Hut" then they're just as responsible for the misconduct that goes on.

I can't believe how many of you people see fit to state your IQ. This makes you look insecure.

I've lived in TN all my life and I know NOT ONE PERSON WHO HAS EVER MOVED TO FL. You're right they're are alot of folks who move there and there are very few TRUE FLORIDIANS. The reason why is because they're all moving here along with all the Snowbirds.

I have to agree with Aaron that Richard Nixon was a good man. The people around him were the crooks. If you had any IQ POINTS then you would realize that.

I hate Pizza Hut's product. It's lousy to say the least. Nobody can make a pizza like the traditional Italian pizza. We've got several Italian owned pizza places here in Blount County and that's who gets all my business; not some corporate goon runned franchise.

Get with the program people, Aaron is on target! He does have a legitimate beef with Amerihuts and I hope he is able to make these goons think twice before they try to treat their employees in such a manner again.
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#28 UPDATE Employee

Ridiculous. END OF STORY... all Taco Bell emplyees are low lifes

AUTHOR: Kristina - (U.S.A.)

I find this whole thing absurd. I am a former employee of Pizza Hut (delivery driver) and a current Manager for Taco Bell. Anyone who boycotts all of the above mentioned companies for impropriety on the part of one franchise needs to have their head examined. At no time with either company, in any of their restaurants have I seen anything like this going on. Now I'm not saying it didn't happen there but come on I have been to 7 different states all different franchises and they all have one thing in common corporate handbooks governing all franchises. It is part of the deal we want to use the name we follow the rules. END OF STORY...and that includes following the child labor laws..If you are a manager in fast food, which happens to employ more minors than adults, how can you be unintelligent enough to not familiarize yourself with the labor laws? And as far as all of us being low lifes, Honey I am a working mother of three, wife and college student and have an IQ higher than 96% of americans. We all choose to work where we do for various reasons, mine happens to be the hours, I can spend time with my kids, see my husband, study and work full time all without putting my kids in daycare. And I am very proud of that fact. And Taco Bell is EXTREMELY supportive of my needs as a mother and as an employee. To say all Taco Bells, Pizza Hut, etc.. are evil because you had a bad experience with an injury you admitted was a pre-existing condition. and admitted to not being able to seek treatment for, having to have your kids nurse you do to lack of health ins is just as judgemental and ridiculous as the idiot who said all Taco Bell emplyees are low lifes. And it seems to me you were REALLY looking for some way to get to a doctor what better way than to say you did it at work. But thats just my personal opinional, NOT THE OPINION OF MY EMPLOYER!!! Wouldn't want to hand you another lawsuit!!!
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#29 Consumer Comment

lets get back to the subject, pizza hut store staff that is causing the problem should be dealt with not the entire company.

AUTHOR: Chef - (U.S.A.)

ok people lets get back on track. thank you
for informing me of the name change of workmans comp to workers comp. its not that i dident know its that i have always called it that and always will even tho it has changed its name. its a minor detail in this subject and is not the focus of this post but thanks for your concern.
aron thank you for standing up for me but thats not how i would have answered the reply.
and i must stand behind aron and say that if you fly the flag of pizza hut you are in fact responsable for the actions of everyone who flies the same flag. i dissagree with a boycot idea. like i said befor boycots put people out of work and hurt the families who depend on that income.

the pizza hut store staff that is causing the problem should be dealt with not the entire company. now lets move on to something else.or get back on track.
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#30 Consumer Comment

This is all for Aaron... I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

AUTHOR: Pat - (U.S.A.)

Hello,

I have several comments, and they are all directed at Aaron.

First, if your beef is with an Amerihuts run Pizza Hut, then you need to attack Amerihuts, not all Pizza Huts. A rotten apple does not spoil the bunch. I have a Big 3 burger joint by my house that has the worst service. But the same joint by my work 20 miles away is awesome.

Why so much hate? I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

As for your comments about Florida, you need to grow up. I was born and raised in FL, and have lived up and down the entire state. I live in AZ now because my wife's father passed last year and we are here helping her disabled mother. As soon as we can, we're moving back. Every area has it's problems (just like Maryville/Townsend). And guess what, there are more residents of S. Fl who are originally from up north (including Tennessee), than there are native Floridians.

And fianlly, Richard Nixon was a crook too. What makes him any different than Amerihuts, or the illegals you so vehemently hate?
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#31 Consumer Comment

This is all for Aaron... I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

AUTHOR: Pat - (U.S.A.)

Hello,

I have several comments, and they are all directed at Aaron.

First, if your beef is with an Amerihuts run Pizza Hut, then you need to attack Amerihuts, not all Pizza Huts. A rotten apple does not spoil the bunch. I have a Big 3 burger joint by my house that has the worst service. But the same joint by my work 20 miles away is awesome.

Why so much hate? I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

As for your comments about Florida, you need to grow up. I was born and raised in FL, and have lived up and down the entire state. I live in AZ now because my wife's father passed last year and we are here helping her disabled mother. As soon as we can, we're moving back. Every area has it's problems (just like Maryville/Townsend). And guess what, there are more residents of S. Fl who are originally from up north (including Tennessee), than there are native Floridians.

And fianlly, Richard Nixon was a crook too. What makes him any different than Amerihuts, or the illegals you so vehemently hate?
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#32 Consumer Comment

This is all for Aaron... I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

AUTHOR: Pat - (U.S.A.)

Hello,

I have several comments, and they are all directed at Aaron.

First, if your beef is with an Amerihuts run Pizza Hut, then you need to attack Amerihuts, not all Pizza Huts. A rotten apple does not spoil the bunch. I have a Big 3 burger joint by my house that has the worst service. But the same joint by my work 20 miles away is awesome.

Why so much hate? I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

As for your comments about Florida, you need to grow up. I was born and raised in FL, and have lived up and down the entire state. I live in AZ now because my wife's father passed last year and we are here helping her disabled mother. As soon as we can, we're moving back. Every area has it's problems (just like Maryville/Townsend). And guess what, there are more residents of S. Fl who are originally from up north (including Tennessee), than there are native Floridians.

And fianlly, Richard Nixon was a crook too. What makes him any different than Amerihuts, or the illegals you so vehemently hate?
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#33 Consumer Comment

This is all for Aaron... I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

AUTHOR: Pat - (U.S.A.)

Hello,

I have several comments, and they are all directed at Aaron.

First, if your beef is with an Amerihuts run Pizza Hut, then you need to attack Amerihuts, not all Pizza Huts. A rotten apple does not spoil the bunch. I have a Big 3 burger joint by my house that has the worst service. But the same joint by my work 20 miles away is awesome.

Why so much hate? I understand you have a legitimate beef, but why the need to attack and label everyone who posts?

As for your comments about Florida, you need to grow up. I was born and raised in FL, and have lived up and down the entire state. I live in AZ now because my wife's father passed last year and we are here helping her disabled mother. As soon as we can, we're moving back. Every area has it's problems (just like Maryville/Townsend). And guess what, there are more residents of S. Fl who are originally from up north (including Tennessee), than there are native Floridians.

And fianlly, Richard Nixon was a crook too. What makes him any different than Amerihuts, or the illegals you so vehemently hate?
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#34 UPDATE Employee

I don't support anything about pizza hut and never will due to their underhandedness.

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

Just ignore me. I don't support anything about pizza hut and never will due to their underhandedness. So, just ignore me and listen to everything that Darren has to say. He's a 2-year vocational school graduate and moonlights as a substitute teacher. I guess that entitles him to be the ALL-KNOWING expert that he is. He's also a part-time evengelist who preaches the "WORD OF GOD" as he calls it. Just check out some of his other posts concerning pizza hut. You'll laugh your ass off!
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#35 Consumer Comment

Ignore Aaron

AUTHOR: Darren - (U.S.A.)

Enrique,

Ignore Aaron. He is an idiot and he doesn't know what he is talking about. He calls everyone liberals and has no idea what he means when he says it. He just throws labels out there based upon some idea he has in his head. If you ain't got a Billy-Bob or a Jim-Bob name then he thinks that you are an illegal. Go figure.



He believes that PC means limiting speech. It just means that people are tired of listening to his crap. He is still free to say it (which he does... often) but people aren't going to let it slide anymore. That is upsetting to him and has caused a shift in his world that he still hasn't come to grips with.



He wants to play with other people... but they don't want to play with him... in terms of schooling, jobs or conversation... so he blames them for not allowing him to have his tantrums... thus "limiting" his speech with PC'ness.



If he can't shout it down or shoot it down, then he pouts and blames the rest of the world.



What is really really a kicker is if he were to go back and look at the overall impact of Nixon's presidency on America and the "average middle class American" he would see legislature that was passed domestically that would throw him into another one of his "liberal" fits!



He talks about how no one but him gets upset with the way that corporate America is treating the workers... but he see's the Liberals as somehow being the ones that are responsible. Which shocks the hell out of us liberals.



I guess that just as "Only Nixon could go to China, only Nixon could pass environmental and workers rights laws."



Do yourself a favor and read any postings about Pizza Hut and you will see his stupidity everywhere.



He lies about everything. He says that he is such a big shot, self employeed graduate of Auburn University and built a 2400 sq. foot home with his own two hands... then you find out that he is a college drop out of 32 back driving pizza pies.



Normally I don't attack people, but I have been having a bit of fun with him... However, I have gotten to the point where I don't go back to read his replies because they make no sense and I get dizzy from reading them. It is no longer entertainment value... it is now just sad. Pathetic actaully.



So, now I just come on and see if I can find any other Pizza Hut comments that are new.



Aaron, I still can't figure out what your lawsuit is with Pizza Hut, but I wish you luck so you can move on. Maybe even get enough money to finish college. May I suggest you take some courses in...



Logic

Philosophy

Rhetoric

Public Speaking

Persuasive Writing

Political Science

History

Business Law



Most of these should be part of any undergraduate degree.



Now, people are free to attack me because I attacked poor Aaron. Fair enough. But, before you do, please go through all his postings on this site and see if you can make heads or tails of exactly what he is saying... besides multiple invective spoutings.



Ask yourself, has he contributed ANYTHING of VALUE to any of the postings?



Thanks
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#36 UPDATE Employee

Listen up....

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

As long as the sign says "PIZZA HUT" then they're involved in all the underhandedness. If Pizza Hut knowingly let's these AMERHUT crooks run they're business then they're just as much to blame. You should ask your company why they let such foolishness go on.



As I said before: Boycott ALL PIZZA HUTS including the ones up in MICHIGAN. They're all crooks!
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#37 UPDATE Employee

if you are going to boy-cott somewhere, do it where it will actually COUNT

AUTHOR: Chad - (U.S.A.)

No, I DO NOT ...Your right, I DO NOT work for Amerihuts, and from what it sounds like I don't want to.

if you are going to boy-cott somewhere, do it where it will actually COUNT, and somewhere where it will actually affect the people involved, IE: Ameri... not the people who work hard every day to treat customers and employees like they deserve to be treated.
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#38 UPDATE Employee

Hey Chad.... Obviously you don't work for a AMERIHUTS owned pizza hut.

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

Amerihuts has consistently violated pizza hut's corporate policies and still do every occasion that they can.



Once again, you have a biased opinion. Not every store is run like you say that you run your store. As long as pizza hut's name is on the building,then they are involved and must assume liability. I'll never figure out why in the world Pizza Hut allows amerihuts to run their stores in such an underhanded manner. We all know that it is a franchise; so why do corporate folks from pizza hut visit on occassion? Because pizza hut is just as liable for allowing amerihuts to consistently skirt state and federal law.



By the way, managers DO lie about their hours and managers do lie about their employee's hours. I've seen it with my own two eyes. It may be easy to track these obvious crimes but first you must work for people who are willing to actually track these inconsistencies down. AMERIHUTS could care less.



BOYCOTT ALL PIZZA HUTS. THEIR FOOD IS UNHEALTHY AND AT TIMES UNSAFE.
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#39 UPDATE Employee

Restaurant General Managers point of view: Anytime anyone says they were hurt I notify them that it is their right to go to the doctor

AUTHOR: Chad - (U.S.A.)

I have been a Restaurant General Manager for two Pizza Hut franchisee's in Washington State, for the past 5 years... and as some other people said above-- Not all Pizza Hut's are the same.



From the day I started with Pizza Hut, I have gone through a world-class training program. Pizza Hut has spent Millions of dollars on training their management teams, and development of company policies and procedures.



A few things to note.

I have been formally trained on how to deal with workers compensation claims-- Anytime anyone says they were hurt I notify them that it is their right to go to the doctor, and if they refuse there are forms to fill out stating they are refusing treatment at this time, but they still have the right to go to the doctor at a later date if they wish.



Pizza Hut has an absolutley ZERO tolerance policy for any management 'shaving' hours from team members, and the computer system tracks any and all changes made to any employees time log.--Any manager that is caught 'shaving' is terminated immediately-there is no second chance on this one.



From what everyone wrote above I am absolutley shocked! Every Pizza Hut restautant I have ever been in (Probabily 50-60 sites) have prominately posted information about Workers Compensation, as well as Being paid, and what to do if you believe there is a problem with your pay-check.



Lastly Pizza Hut has a "Concern Resolution System" Allowing any team member with a problem to:

1. Contact the restaurant general manager and discuss their problem.

2. Contact the Area Coach and discuss their problem.

3. Contact the Market Coach and discuss their problem.

4. Contact the Human Resources department, and discuss their problem.

5. Lastly-and confidently at any time any team member is allowed to contact the President to discuss their problems.



This process is posted in every Pizza Hut Restaurant I have ever been in...



So why again would anyone want to boycott these restaurants?!--Pepsi has absolutley no affilation with Pizza Hut/KFC/TB... They were all bought out by Tricon/YUM brands several years ago--



Remember you worked for a franchisee-- Not someone that makes decisions for the entire system.



Chad--Pizza Hut General Manager in Washington State
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Enrique in Miami.....I'll insult them for ya!

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

Trust me boss when I say the people of South Florida are a different breed. I lived in W. Palm Beach for six shitty years. Hell, they can't even figure out how to vote in Palm Beach and all the Century Village areas.



I appreciate you conservitism though. Obviously you are not an illegal immigrant who by the way ARE and ALWAYS WILL BE CRIMINALS. They're sucking this country dry just like companies such as Pizza Hut who refuse to operate by the law. The state government of FL should outlaw the Cuban flag being flown in its boundaries. This makes me sick every time that I see it being flown. Why do PATRIOTS, like yourself, in FL let this crap happen?



In closing...... Actually you'd probably like Maryville. It's full of SHITHEAD Floridians now. They hate our rodes, our accent, our culture but they're still coming. Isn't it enough that they screwed-up the state of FL. Now they're trying to do the same here. I bet at one time FL was a wonderful place to live. It sure as hell wasn't when I lived there. It's nice to be back home where people have some sense. I don't live in Maryville though. That's just where my business is and we go out of our way to not help out the Half-Backs. You know: people from FL who are just half way back to where they really should be.



Political Correctness is Bullshit and I'm tired of having this liberal agenda jammed down my throat. As long as the terms: hillbilly, red-neck, cracker, etc., are PC then I will call people out for what they are: liberal fools. And you damn sure sounded like one of these folks in your last entry.



Richard Nixon was a great man and statesman. He is one of my heroes. Too bad things didn't work out. If you haven't read his biography then you need to. Your views will change. We need politicians who serve the people and not themselves now more than ever. Government is the only thing that can reign-in such underhanded companies as pizza hut. If Pizza Hut can't conduct business by these laws, then why should the rest of us? After all, my ancestors were here several thousand years before the revolutionary war and the federal government. I'm not an anarchist, though. You folks down there in La-La PC land need to take what I've said to heart or the rest of the South is going to fence-off S. Florida and give it to Fidel. Adios Muchacho! Have fun with the illegals!



EVERYONE SHOULD BOYCOTT PIZZA HUT. Pizza Hut is big business at its worst, especially the franchises owned by AMERIHUTS. They're all communists plain and simple.
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#41 Consumer Comment

Worker's Compensation

AUTHOR: Enrique - (U.S.A.)

Dear Aaron:



You've got me pegged wrong. I happen to be an Independent who voted for G. Bush, Sr., G.W. Bush, Reagan and Dole for President and I wrote a personal letter to Richard Nixon back in 1968 when he was campaigning. I was 12 years old at the time.



I am so far from being a liberal, it's not even funny. I have blasted Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Speilberg, Oliver Stone and Robert Redford for their extremist liberal views on other sites and blogs.



My correction of the word "workman's" to "worker's" was not politically nor liberal-mindedly motivated. I happen to work in a Human Resources department and that's just the way it is. It's a formal way of showing others that everyone is included. Also, I not a women's libber, either...if you care to ask.



The last time I looked I had a commanding grasp of the English language - for a first generation immigrant or even a 10th generation 'Son of the American Revolution'.



I don't appreciate your derision of Miami residents and I won't stoop to insulting the residents of Maryville just because it strikes my fancy.



Cheers,
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#42 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Enrique - (U.S.A.)

Dear Aaron:



You've got me pegged wrong. I happen to be an Independent who voted for G. Bush, Sr., G.W. Bush, Reagan and Dole for President and I wrote a personal letter to Richard Nixon back in 1968 when he was campaigning. I was 12 years old at the time.



I am so far from being a liberal, it's not even funny. I have blasted Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Speilberg, Oliver Stone and Robert Redford for their extremist liberal views on other sites and blogs.



My correction of the word "workman's" to "worker's" was not politically nor liberal-mindedly motivated. I happen to work in a Human Resources department and that's just the way it is. It's a formal way of showing others that everyone is included. Also, I not a women's libber, either...if you care to ask.



The last time I looked I had a commanding grasp of the English language - for a first generation immigrant or even a 10th generation 'Son of the American Revolution'.



I don't appreciate your derision of Miami residents and I won't stoop to insulting the residents of Maryville just because it strikes my fancy.



Cheers,
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#43 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Enrique - (U.S.A.)

Dear Aaron:



You've got me pegged wrong. I happen to be an Independent who voted for G. Bush, Sr., G.W. Bush, Reagan and Dole for President and I wrote a personal letter to Richard Nixon back in 1968 when he was campaigning. I was 12 years old at the time.



I am so far from being a liberal, it's not even funny. I have blasted Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Speilberg, Oliver Stone and Robert Redford for their extremist liberal views on other sites and blogs.



My correction of the word "workman's" to "worker's" was not politically nor liberal-mindedly motivated. I happen to work in a Human Resources department and that's just the way it is. It's a formal way of showing others that everyone is included. Also, I not a women's libber, either...if you care to ask.



The last time I looked I had a commanding grasp of the English language - for a first generation immigrant or even a 10th generation 'Son of the American Revolution'.



I don't appreciate your derision of Miami residents and I won't stoop to insulting the residents of Maryville just because it strikes my fancy.



Cheers,
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To Enrique from Miami.....

AUTHOR: Aaron - (U.S.A.)

I had no idea that folks from Miami, FL had such a grasp for the English language. I'm standing here looking a posting about WORKMAN'S Comp. which is currently this year's posting. That whole deal that you wrote was ridiculous.



The word HUMAN has "MAN" as part of its spelling. Should we change this so that all of you knee-jerk liberals can live with yourselves?
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#45 UPDATE Employee

We can't generalize, not all Pizza Huts are the same

AUTHOR: Rose - (U.S.A.)

Of course there are always going to be people that have bad experiences at work, that is going to happen at practically every business there is, but it is not fair to generalize like this. Just b/c some people were treated unfairly at Pizza Hut, does NOT mean everyone should boycott them! I've worked at Pizza Hut for many years, & I have NEVER had any of those problems! Yes I agree that this woman was treated poorly, & she has every right to be upset, but none of these things would ever happen at my work! Please keep in mind that though certain stores may not care about employees or customers, many do! Also, in regards to Pizza Hut, it is important to remember that there are corporate stores, & franchise stores, & the things that go on in franchise stores usually don't go on in corporate stores. There are many, many differences, & by telling customers to boycott all Pizza Huts, you are asking them to boycott both types of stores, when this is simply unfair. Of course do what you need to to be justified from your store, but please, leave all of the rest of our stores out of it.
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#46 Consumer Comment

Work-man's Compensation?

AUTHOR: Enrique - (U.S.A.)

I hate to burst your bubble, but it hasn't been called "Work-man's" Compensation for years.



It is aptly now called WORKER'S COMPENSATION.



Yes, this might be an innocuous distinction. But it needs to be made since working women are also covered by this law.



'nuff said...
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#47 Consumer Comment

Rip Offs they never pay me my hours and over time correctly

AUTHOR: Adebayo - (U.S.A.)

They never pay me my hours and over time correctly, and every time they PAY ME, I ALWAYS GET BIG TIME RIP OFFS, AND I WILL MAKE SURE I GET PAID 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 AND LAST ONE THEY HELD MY 30hrs. If they dont pay me, Taco Bell knows what is to come. I am talking about the one in hyattsville MD ZIP CODE 20783 AKEEM.
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Rip Offs they never pay me my hours and over time correctly

AUTHOR: Adebayo - (U.S.A.)

They never pay me my hours and over time correctly, and every time they PAY ME, I ALWAYS GET BIG TIME RIP OFFS, AND I WILL MAKE SURE I GET PAID 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 AND LAST ONE THEY HELD MY 30hrs. If they dont pay me, Taco Bell knows what is to come. I am talking about the one in hyattsville MD ZIP CODE 20783 AKEEM.
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#49 Consumer Comment

Rip Offs they never pay me my hours and over time correctly

AUTHOR: Adebayo - (U.S.A.)

They never pay me my hours and over time correctly, and every time they PAY ME, I ALWAYS GET BIG TIME RIP OFFS, AND I WILL MAKE SURE I GET PAID 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 AND LAST ONE THEY HELD MY 30hrs. If they dont pay me, Taco Bell knows what is to come. I am talking about the one in hyattsville MD ZIP CODE 20783 AKEEM.
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Rip Offs they never pay me my hours and over time correctly

AUTHOR: Adebayo - (U.S.A.)

They never pay me my hours and over time correctly, and every time they PAY ME, I ALWAYS GET BIG TIME RIP OFFS, AND I WILL MAKE SURE I GET PAID 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 AND LAST ONE THEY HELD MY 30hrs. If they dont pay me, Taco Bell knows what is to come. I am talking about the one in hyattsville MD ZIP CODE 20783 AKEEM.
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#51 Consumer Comment

Expect this kind of attitude from Restaurants and franchises

AUTHOR: Tara - (U.S.A.)

This isn't just the attitude of pizza hut, taco bell etc, this is the attitude MANY corporations have towards customers and employees both. Fast food and the restaurant business are full of corrupt low class people not only workers but corporate executives. Depending on the restaurant, and location how managers and employees handle and treat customers varies, but in many cases, the customers aren't given proper compensation for errors or bad attitudes the employees have or have done, and in many cases the employees get away with their ridiculous attitudes, bad CS practices, and managers are allowed to treat customers and employees any way they want.



Usually employees are given the benefit of the doubt, BUT in many cases if the employee is a female, things might be different. They, male or female managers, might treat her a certain way because of her sexuality.. maybe pick on her or be abusive to her for no reason. There are many low class workers in the low class world of fast food-- this includes people who just lack civility altogether-- they probably didn't have a good education or upbringing and don't know the first thing about how to treat people or manage a situation. Or they might just be bitter jerks on a powertrip. Either way you'll find many people like this working in fast food. As a customer I've personally experienced horrendous attitudes by some managers, even worse than the workers themselves, and managers who condone their workers mean rude attitudes and are mean themselves. On top of that, corporate offices don't give a crap...they do nothing to stop this kind of abuse or bad attitudes, and neither do owners of the restaurants and it just continues.



The only way situations like this can be stopped is if a mass of people get involved in complaints, and boycotting, but that's difficult to do, plus it's not just this host of restaurants with rude customer service and bad employees, it includes many restaurants. These establishments are full of low class people who feel like they can treat people anyway they want and be offensive and mean for no reason-- they are usually high school kids or middle aged jerks who are low quality losers and take their anger out on innocent customers or co-workers. It's wise to just stay out of the restaurant business if you're a decent educated person unless it's a well established place and you know a little about the people who work there.



Usually people working in this business are either bullied or become bullies themself --and the attitudes of employees of these places have just been getting worse every year... These places might continue to abuse policies employees and customers, but if people complain enough then there's a possibility a positive change could occur....
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#52 Consumer Comment

you cant beat them

AUTHOR: Chef - (U.S.A.)

iv worked in food service for over 20 years i am a retired ex chef. i am i belive a one in a million. one who cares about the people who eat my food and the people who prepair the food you eat. food safty has always been my pet peive and at one time cooks and chefs and mgt used to care.

but it has been swept under the rug. food stored in a clean envirement and stored at proper temp and cooked or reheated at and to proper temp is not of great concern nor is food held at proper tem on a steam line. cross contamanation of raw and cooked food is not taught much anymore and many other safe food handeling rules are ignored. take a look at the people who handle there body parts and then touch your food. people just dont care anymore. and for this reason i refuse to eat food i dident cook. and as far as the teen and the mgr who says he dident know it was a company rule well it just goes to show you people dont read the laws or rules the law is clearly stated concerning students hours of work look at the labour laws posted or call the labour dept and keep this rule in mind. minors fall under different labour laws and be smart if you dont know then call the labour dept theye dont mind if you call or if you call alot with qustions rule 1 cover your butt always cover your butt. regardless of what anybody says if you have a doubt call. this includes the agreement made with the lady who had a previous injury who made a verbale deal with mgt always get any deals in wrighting. for starters i cant belive theye would even hire you with this injury not that im saying your lieing im just saying i wouldent have hired you at this time but i would have told you after you are healed come see me and well talk because if i hire you in your current injury status and in the futher we are liable if you are injured even tho you had the injury prior to employment.

and to ignore you when you needed help is just inhumane. i on the other hand when an employee stated she was having chest pains informed her to sit in my office and id call a medic she stated she couldent afford a doctor bill i told her if workmans comp dident pick it up id pay for it out of my own pocket but id not let her possably die from heart failur over money. now to boycott the companys that you stated id say not a wise idea to boycot the whole company and its subsidareries would be putting people out of work and taking food out of the mouths of the children of the people and would place people in poverty. and that is never a wise thing to do unless you plan to help the unimployed pay there bills. if you want to get the point across inform your congressman call the labour dept but know this if you are not working at the place at this time theye will not do anything due to people who just want to get even because theye were fired you know problem causers. so either cut your losses and move on or file reports with the bbb and fed trade commission, health dept,labour dept ect. and still move on with your life while filing the reports. i have only worked in 1 fast food place and theye reniged on the deal we made and i said thats not the deal we made therefor this will be my last day. in a different place the ex chef used thhe bred left on the tables to make bred pudding and when i found out i took him outside and asked him about it and i informed him he was a discrace to the cullanary arts and that if it happened again i would report it to the health dept and id place a call the the aci american cullanry instatute where he went to school. the aci keeps records of there students for recomendations and for recertifacation. and for those who noticed i cant spell very good it is not a wise person who says he cant spell so he is not smart i am a self taught person and thats a long story and is not the subject of this web site so please understand and stay with the subject. by the way to the person who has the back problem id advise you to have that spine xrayed because my self after being hit by a drunk driver wich is why im retired. i went to the docters and also was given epiderials all theye do is reduce the swelling theye dont fix the problem and when you get older and weaker the problem will return so get it fixed now while you still can. please take my advise on that please. because you cant turn back the clock and later in life you cant claim worksmans comp to fix it. its now or never. well good luck everyone and it pleases my heart to know there are still real food service workers out there we are a dieing bread but we must never join them who dont care.

good luck your friend chef dave
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#53 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I worked for Pizza Hut in the late eighties, right out of high school

AUTHOR: A. - ()

It was truly one of the most horrible work experiences I have ever had. I was sexually harassed many times by a cook, and although I reported it, nothing was done. I was bullied about my religion, my weight, and my looks by other staff members and management. I complained to management many times and was told that it was my fault for not having a sense of humour. The work climate was hostile and they eventually fired me for not getting along with some of the other staff. I was given 20 hours worth of pay because they were firing me without cause. I was never given a single verbal or written warning, which is their written policy. In fact, I went to them constantly to try to get these problems solved. I went to the district manager to make him aware of the issues, but did not get a response, and being young, did not have the confidence in myself to pursue it.



However, I will say this. Cleanliness was very important there, although their freezer was substandard and did not work well. There was training provided and stringent regulations for both serving customers and cooking food. This is not always the case, as I have learned at other workplaces since.



I would also like to say that I was not a perfect employee either. When I was being called names, I would not just let it go and I did not always take the higher ground. However, I was a great waitress and prep cook and that was never in dispute.



I learned a lot there- mostly about humiliation in the workplace, but also about how to be a good server and give great customer service. I am no longer in the food industry and now work in the not-for-profit sector. The food industry is much too stressful for me and I don't think I could ever do it again.
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#54 Consumer Comment

As an assistant manager of a well know fastfood chain I am appauled at the accusations

AUTHOR: Kristina - ()

I have been an assistant manager for 7 years with the current company I am with.( I choose not to disclose the name because I dont wish to drag them into this)



I am appauled at the accusations that anyone be it customer or employee would lie without fact based proof. We as a whole follow the same code of ethics in all buisinesses be it big or small.



In any big corp. there are those that take addvantage, that get blinded by greed. However, I feel that if a company is proved beyond a shadow of a dout to be neglegent or of illegal they should face the consiquences.



The company I work for must be rare because we are taught and teach from the ground up to respect the customer and the employees. They are our #1 priority. They allways will be.



If the alligations are true and they could be. The manager and all that handled this case were grossly neglegent in doing so and should make things right. It should have never went past that manager. The manager obviuosly was not well trained or the individual would have known that to make an employee go against medical orders to do something they were not supposed to be doing opened the franchise up for a major law suit.



Any well trained management person knows this. I have worked for franchises in the past and they do not train there managers well nor do they incorporate the held accountable rule well.



Franchises have to rely on the money that goes into there pockets because it is all they have. Company is a whole different attmosphere at least it is in my case.



I have learned so much about management and respect since I have been with the company. Our people are treated right. We have 0 tollerance for harrasmnet of any kind. We accuse no one of anything. We talk to our employees if we suspect a situation.



Yes like any company sometimes people get fired but this a last resort. I guess what I am trying to get across is that every place of buisiness has a bad seed. I havent seen one but I know that even in the company I work for they are there.



So, lets not call anyone a liar. They verywell might be telling the truth. As for this case if in fact it is true I wish you all the luck in succeding with this.

good luck and god bless.
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#55 UPDATE Employee

Question still remaining.. Why Boycott them all?

AUTHOR: Chris - ()

I'm an assistant manager for Pizza Hut. Though it may not pay as well as anybody would like it to it's a fastfood/family dining style restaraunt, what can one expect. Other than that it's a pretty good job, and one that gives experience points for future job opportunity's. Call me optimistic, but I believe that we all work jobs at one time or another that aren't great, but they give us what we need to get someplace that is. Right?



About the banning of all of them, why all of them? If you haven't ever noticed there are many, many people that work for these company's. I've read a lot of reports on here, that are quite negative about Pizza Hut, and I'm sure many other restaruants have several as well. I only look for ones that pertain to my line of employment though. It makes little sense to me to harm so many of us that do our jobs, and attempt to do them well, just because you have dealt with some people higher up that didn't seem to care.



I have no idea's of the CA legalities of employment, but do know that in IL it's an atwill workplace. You leave when you want, they tell you to leave when they want. The thought of higher 12 y/o's to do anything in the store is far from anything that we do, or ever have done as long as our store has been open (this from a woman who's also an assistant manager that's been there as long as the store has been in town).



The above mentioned lady, worked as a waitress when she first came to Pizza Hut some 21 years ago. I myself started as a delivery driver. We worked hard to get where we are, and our store has improved vastly over the past year. We do not hold paychecks (once again, in IL this is illegal without signing an agreement stating that it may be held until such and such agreement is fullfilled).



Sexual harrassment is something I believe each state deals with individually. There are ways in Illinois to report it, if you fail at getting results from your employer. The American Civil Liberties Union has many resources for many kinds of harrassment, and is a very valuable bookmark to have (http://www.aclu.org).



The part of the 16 year old after curfew as mentioned by the exmanager of Taco Bell. To me it is wrong to have fired you for this, but at the same time if you recieved the booklet (you stated you didn't know it was a Taco Bell rule,) then you should have read it thoroughly. Why I feel it is wrong, is that it was a wrong thing to do if you broke a rule, but one rule broken shouldn't lead to your termination. We call it a written warning, stating that if you do it again you'll lose your job. Also, several infractions of the rules learnt about at one time may indeed cause you to lose your job, which is why we have the books to let us know the rules, so that we have the ability to avoid breaking them.



I do agree with the "Not all areas are the same" comments. We are bound to have bad area's and it seems the further West you go the more troubles there are in Pizza Hut's. Yet, we do offer a friendly family dining experience here in Southern Illinois. I have had a great 2 years of working there, with little to no trouble.



As the workcomp issue goes... I had been back to work for Pizza Hut for 2 months, when I herniated a disc in my lower back. I informed my manager of this, she asked me if I was going to seek medical attention, I told her not right away, I'd give it time to see if it went away (figured I had just pulled a muscle). The next week I was still hurting, and informed her of my need to go to the Dr., we filled out the work comp form, and I was on my way. (This was far from the 24 hour notice to the insurance company required by all paperwork I've ever seen for work-comp in Illinois.) I went to the Dr., who sent me to another Dr. who sent me to another Doctor. I ended up off work for about 3 or 4 months, and had to have two epiderals to get my back working properly. I did all this with no problems from the insurance, other than talking to me like I was a 16 year old boy (which I promptly got a lawyer to deal with them, so I wasn't to get irritated with them anymore). Upon returning to work, everything was ok. They all accepted my shying away from certain things until I felt comfortable with doing them. I'm back to being able to do everything I used to do. Also am now the assistant manager.



Just my thoughts, opinions, and experiences. Hope they give at least some of you a second thought on the boycott. Some of us really do need the job, and actually enjoy it in our stores.
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#56 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Asst. Mgr. Taco Bell

AUTHOR: Netty Izbinski - ()

My name is Netty worked for Taco Bell here in Toledo, Ohio for about a year. They made me an assistant Mgr. which meant nothing but more responsibilities for myself. I worked hard and long hrs. for cheap pay thinking that being a manager was proof that I was doing my job correctly . I noticed money and food was coming up missing and didn't know how to approach it. I even asked my dad for help.



The only people who could have stealing were myself or one of the higher ups! Just last week I was let go for keeping a 16 year old employer past curfew, nobody ever informed me that there was such a company policy. I am pretty upset. To complicate matters they will not give me my pay check saying they have to deduct money to install new locks on the building!!!!



I have also witnessed shortages on other employees pay checks when they are fired or quit.

I would very much like to organize or help an already existing organization to help boycott Pepsi, Taco bell, and Pizza hut. Please acknowledge.



Thanks
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#57 UPDATE Employee

your nothing but some low life

AUTHOR: Gizelle - ()

I am an employee for taco bell, and I must say your "report" is undoubtedly incorrect. I have never seen nor heard about this kind of treatment to any employees. If this truely happened to you than you should leave the customers out of it.



There is no reason you should be trying to get the customers to boycott these restruants. Pepsi, KFC, nor Taco Bell had nothing to do with this report, so why are they brought into it?



More than likely your nothing but some low life trying to make money the easy way, and are trying to sue these companys for an incident that did not relate to work. My suggestion to you is get off your lazy ass and make money the real way insted of trying to RIP OFF companys.

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#58 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I used to work for Pizza Hut Inc (aka Tricon)

AUTHOR: sheila - ()

I worked in the corporate offices and I had to tollerate my supervisor stealing from my desk, sexual harrassment and various other things. I reported them all to HR and was told that I had a big mouth. They do not care about anything except what goes into their back pocket.
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#59 UPDATE Employee

Not all areas are the same

AUTHOR: James - ()

I am currently a shift manager for Pizza Hut, although I do believe that some stores do carry out similar practices, I have had a very wonderfull time a all the stores that I personally have worked at upwards of about 10 different stores.



I have never had such problems with the company handling injuries or problems with employees or customers.



I am just writing this to tell the consumer that Pizza Hut is still a nice place to go with your family.
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