As of Friday December 12, 2008 a State of Emergency was declared for the state of NH due to extremely severe ice storms that have left an estimated 700 thousand people without power and have closed down many, if not all of the roads. Residents have been advised to stay in their homes and only drive if necessary (if your home is without heat, we have been advised to go to the nearest emergency shelter). Autozone, however has chosen to remain open. Despite the power outage, Autozone is requiring their employees to work in the dark, in the cold, and without electricity to power the registers, to write down by hand people's payment information. Since there is no way for employees to clock in, I wonder if they will even be compensated appropriately for the hours they are working in these conditions. In addition, Autozone has threatened to reprimand employees that fail to come in to work- despite the state of emergency, families being in emergency shelters because their homes are without power, and the dangerous conditions of the roads.
Also, I would like to note that everything else is closed- from the Dunkin Doughnuts to WalMart to the gas stations- so it's not like autozone would be overcompensating for the state of emergency weather by letting their employees stay home and keeping them out of danger.