Yesterday, Pizza Hut announced it will be selling and delivering limited-edition “Goodbye Pies” as a way to let your significant other know the relationship is over.
Michelle Mays, a Licensed Professional Counselor and expert in treating sexual betrayal and trauma, says that while the idea sounds humorous and generated a ton of publicity for the restaurant chain, she says that it’s appalling that Pizza Hut is commercializing and profiting from what is clearly cruelty.
“No one deserves to be broken up with in this way; it is incredibly disrespectful and harmful to the other person, as it will likely erode their ability to trust in future relationships,” says Mays.
Mays, who is available for interviews, adds that this stunt is a clear example of how we have come to treat relationships less than seriously, when we should be treating others with the care, honor, respect and kindness that they deserve. “If you are exiting a relationship, the last thing you should want to do is hurt the other person. Yes, breakups are painful, but you should not be intentionally hurtful. Seriously, is Pizza Hut’s CEO a 12-year-old? That is the maturity level on display here.”
Mays suggests consumers consider sending their own “Goodbye Pies” to their local Pizza Hut.
Michelle Mays is the founder of the Center for Relational Recovery and the creator of the Braving Hope treatment model designed to address the devastating dilemma that betrayed partners face when their significant other is unsafe to connect to, yet connection is the key to healing. Her new book is The Betrayal Bind: How to Heal When the Person You Love the Most Has Hurt You the Worst.