(PCM) It seems that one Pizza Hut franchise in Australia felt that hamsters and pizza were a perfect pairing offering up a bizarre promotion that offered a “free small (live) animal with the purchase of any 10 large pizzas”.
The store’s promotion never got the okay from Pizza Hut headquarters in Australia and the company is now apologizing to its’ customers after the company began receiving a ton of backlash from customers as well as animal rights activists and protesters.
The promotion was part of a deal between the Pizza Hut franchise store and the local animal store, Pets Story and was supposed to last from now until the end of December. It has now been brought to a halt and rest assured no small animals were actually given away.
Pizza Hut Australia has issued the following statement in regards to the incident: “It has come to our attention that one of our stores [has] recently been running a promotion which was not approved by Pizza Hut Australia, nor was condoned in any circumstances. We would like to sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by this.
The promotional poster has since been taken down and all those involved have been made aware of the severity and inappropriateness of the promotion. We would like to thank Oscar’s Law and all those who have brought this to our attention. On behalf of Pizza Hut Australia we once again apologize for this thoughtless promotion ever occurring and would like to reassure you all that this matter is being seriously dealt with.”
We don’t know who ever thought that the promotion was a good idea in the first place, but it has obviously backfired in a terrible way.