Papa John's pizza controversy: Another fast-food chain embroiled in culture war http://t.co/cM8wLX8Z— CS Monitor (@csmonitor) August 8, 2012
Papa John’s Pizza can only hope that the inevitable boycott against the company for opposing Obamacare will go as well as the sales record-setting boycott against Chick-fil-A earlier this month.
Papa John’s CEO and founder John Schnatter, who held a fundraiser for Mitt Romney earlier this year, told shareholders in a conference call this week that implementing Obamacare would cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza, a cost that would be passed on to customers.
Customers — or should we say former customers — were anxious to promote their generosity, saying they’d happily pay the extra 15 cents if it would provide health coverage.
However, many will never get the chance to pitch in for health coverage, as they vow to boycott the chain.
How could the CEO be so cheap, when ordinary folk are eager to pitch in a few cents? Because the rich are evil, that’s why.
On Schnatter’s own @IAmPapaJohn Twitter account, things quickly turned ugly.
On “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” on Thursday, CNN’s fact checker called the 14-cent price hike estimate “false” — but only after noting repeatedly that the chain did not provide sales figures or other financial data to CNN.
First Chick-fil-A and now Papa John’s: could it soon be possible in a moment of hunger to forget just whom to boycott and why?