Tony Rohr is spending Thanksgiving the way he wanted to: at home with his parents and girlfriend.
The 28-year-old says he was fired two weeks ago as manager of the Pizza Hut franchise on Jackson Boulevard in Elkhart for refusing to open and forcing employees to work on Thanksgiving. Pizza Hut's corporate office has since offered Rohr his job back.
"I'd say I'm proud of what I did," Rohr said. "I don't regret doing what I did, and I had no idea it was going to get so big, and I think it's really cool that people out there are voicing their support and stuff."
Rohr's story has since blown up, landing spots on Huffington Post and CNN's websites, plus several national television outlets.
"I did the Ed Schultz show yesterday and MSNBC Skype this morning. I've gotten a few calls from other people - CNN, Good Morning America. I'm supposed to do an Inside Edition thing on Monday," he said.
He's also gotten a few job offers, referrals and messages of support from strangers all over the country.
"People have sent some really nice emails, saying, 'We support you and we agree with your decision. Thanks to you for sticking it to those guys,'" Rohr said.
That Pizza Hut location was open on Thanksgiving from 1 to 6 p.m.
Rohr said it's a shame that his former coworkers had to spend time away from their families.
"I really miss those guys; I miss working with those people," he said. "That was my favorite part of it, and that was kind of why I did it all in the first place. They're good people."
Pizza Hut released a statement on Wednesday, part of which read, "We respect an employee's decision not to work on a holiday if they so choose [...] We will monitor and evaluate this situation closely and regret what has occurred."
The company later released an "updated" statement, adding, "We strongly recommended that the local franchisee reinstate the store manager and they have agreed. We look forward to them welcoming Tony back to the team."
Rohr said his former boss called him late Wednesday night and left a voicemail, wanting to talk about re-hiring him, but Rohr said he will need to "think about that" before calling him back.
Rohr said he applied for unemployment as soon as he was fired and will begin looking for other jobs on Friday.