Nov 14 2012
12:22 pm

Papa John's Pizza says they will have to cut employee's hours and raise prices to comply with Obamacare. Yesterday it was revealed that their pizza giveaway is going to cost five times as much as health insurance for their employees. And today there's a report that Papa John's is facing a $250 million lawsuit over illegal spam text messages. And on top of all that, their pizza isn't very good.

UPDATE: Papa John's stock is off 2.4% in midday trading.

bizgrrl's picture

It's the math, stupid. Sure

It's the math, stupid.

Sure wish there was some way for the user to block texts as can be done with emails.

WhitesCreek's picture

All the more reason...

And Domino's is owned by Bain Capital.

...To support home grown pizza.

gonzone's picture

And then there's Herman

And then there's Herman Cain's Godfather's Pizza. Something about crazy right wingers and shitty pizza.

Andy Axel's picture

Yes, Schnatter, there is such

Yes, Schnatter, there is such a thing as bad pizza. And bad publicity.

B Harmon's picture


Here is a big buyer of Papa John franchises in Colorado, just in time for the legalization of pot.

Factchecker's picture

Unless he has the same accountant as Joe the Plummer

Why would Manning do this? Don't say "money." Certainly he has no place left to stuff all he's got.

redmondkr's picture

Silly Mr. Metz

A Denny's franchisee in West Palm Beach says he will tack on a 5% 'Obamacare surcharge' to customers' bills.

"If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare," Metz told The Huffington Post.

Oh silly Mr. Metz, customers have many more choices than that.

Min's picture


You so beat me to it.

Tamara Shepherd's picture


Perhaps poor Mr. Metz can convince Congress that he should be allowed to pay his tipped employees less.

Less than the $2.13 per hour they now earn, I mean.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

Update: Denny's Corporate spanks franchisee Metz

In today's HuffPo, John Metz Denny's Obamacare Surcharge Stirs Big Mess For Restaurant Chain


Denny's chief executive John Miller privately reached out to Metz to express his "disappointment" with the Florida franchisee's controversial statements about Obamacare, which sparked a wave of backlash for the national restaurant chain over the past few days. Metz released a statement Monday night expressing "regret" over his statements.

And further:

"Unfortunately, the comments of this franchisee, who represents less than 1 percent of our system and who owns restaurants in other concepts, has been portrayed as reflective of the entire Denny’s brand," Miller said. "I am confident his perspective is not shared by the company or hundreds of franchisees/small business owners who make up the majority of the Denny's community. Specifically, his comments suggesting that guests might reduce the customary tip provided to their server as an offset to his proposed surcharge are inconsistent with our values and approach to business throughout our brand."

As for consequences to those who damage the brand, a Denny's spokesperson said, "We have a variety of options depending on the circumstances to respond to franchisee actions that are not in the best interests of the brand and deal with those on a individual franchisee basis as required."

reform4's picture

Sounds like he's off to the woodshed.

Good. If I were another franchisee, I'd be pretty ticked off.

Same with Papa John's and Chick Fil-A franchisees- they will suffer beause of the actions of the CEO.

And Jeep is STILL having to send out correction tweets because of Romney's dumbass "moving to China" comment.

GOP Business-friendly? Eh, not so much. Certainly not in the world of public relations.

reform4's picture

And this:

After Metz's original comments went viral, Abdo Mouannes said sales and traffic dropped "overnight" at his seven Denny's locations in Florida. Angry callers immediately jammed the phones at his restaurants. "The manager said it was so frustrating, she wanted to unplug the phone."

Mouannes, who co-owns the restaurants with this brother, said he would never have laid off employees or cut hours due to Obamacare. But now he may have to, he said, if Denny's boycotts take hold.

Self-fulfilling prophecy, at least for OTHER franchisees. If I were Mouannes, I would sue Metz and the main office for damaging my franchise.

redmondkr's picture

Casa Schnatter

The house that lousy pizza built.

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