Pizza Hut CEO gives explanation of sales-tax mistakeDecember 9th, 2011 by Rachel Pritchett
By Amy Phan, reporter
Terry Hopkins, CEO of Emerald City Pizza LLC, which runs the Pizza Hut location in East Bremerton that overcharged customers sales tax last week, submitted a letter yesterday explaining the situation.
The issue stemmed from an incorrect sales tax being downloaded into the store’s computers, wrote Hopkins.
The problem occurred from Nov. 15 to Nov. 21 and roughly 200 customers were affected, according to Hopkins.
“As a locally owned Pizza Hut Franchisee, we are part of communities all over Washington State …We operate 105 Pizza Hut locations across the state and have dozens of different tax rates. We simply missed on this one and for that we apologize,” he said.
The problem has since been fixed and the franchise is working to send each customer who visited the store during that time a $5 certificate.
For customers who ordered carryout from the store and do not have an address in the company computer, they can receive a certificate by asking the store’s manager. Or contact Emerald City Pizza LLC directly as 425-493-8077 ext. 100.
Hopkins expects all customers with addresses in the store’s
directory to receive a certificate by Dec. 22.
Hopkins’ full letter is below.
Dear East Bremerton Pizza Customer,
Unfortunately, when we moved to our new location at 5060 SR 303
NE Suite 130, an incorrect sales tax amount was downloaded to our
computers. This mistake resulted in an overcharge in sales tax of
approximately 16 cents on a $10.00 purchase. The problem has since
been corrected but some of our valued customers who visited us
during our opening week of
November 15 may have been overcharged on the sales tax. We sincerely apologize for this mistake. As a locally owned Pizza Hut Franchisee, we are part of communities all over Washington state. We provide jobs for more than 2,500 people living in these communities.
We operate 105 Pizza Hut locations across the state and have dozens of different tax rates. We simply missed on this one and for that we apologize.
We are in the process of collecting addresses on all of the
customers who visited us between November 15 and November 21, 2011
and will be sending each address a $5 certificate that may be
redeemed at any of our 61 restaurants in the Greater Seattle Area.
Any delivered pizza during that time will have an address
associated with it. If you visited us for carryout and do not
receive a certificate please ask our Restaurant Manager. You may
also contact our office in
Mukilteo directly at 425-493-8077 ext 100. We take the confidence of our customers very seriously and we realize that it is earned with each and every interaction we have.
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