A Papa John’s Restaurant Manager Says He Was Fired After 13 Years With the Company for Closing 3 Hours Early Amid Ongoing Hiring and Retention Challenges

A Papa John's Restaurant Manager Says He Was Fired After 13 Years With the Company for Closing 3 Hours Early Amid Ongoing Hiring and Retention Challenges

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

A Papa John's Restaurant Manager Says He Was Fired After 13 Years With the Company for Closing 3 Hours Early Amid Ongoing Hiring and Retention ChallengesBloomberg | Getty Images

Chris Jackson told Insider he has been with Papa John’s for more than 13 years and had been working long stretches of back-to-back open-to-close shifts for the pizza chain due to difficulty with hiring and retaining staff during the pandemic.

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

On Tuesday afternoon, Jackson was told that no one was coming to cover the shift, so he closed the restaurant…

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