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.
Obamacare built that. MT @dkberman Papa John's CEO says #Obamacare mandate will add 11 to 14 cents in new costs per pizza.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) August 7, 2012
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.
All that's stood in the way of Papa Johns workers having health care is 14 cents per pizza!? Papa John is a model deadbeat dad.
— Tina Dupuy (@TinaDupuy) August 9, 2012
You know what, @PapaJohns … I'd LOVE to pay 20 cents more for pizza so that someone else could get decent health insurance.
— Rachel Caine (@rachelcaine) August 9, 2012
I will pay 11 to 14 cents more a pizza if everyone gets health care. Food chains need to stop with the politics. I'm looking @ U #PapaJohns
— Katelyn (@PureSimpleDair) August 9, 2012
@papajohns thanks 4 letting us know how CHEAP you are. 10 cents?! REALLY! Officially on my DO NOT BUY LIST even if you don't up the price.
— INGERIVERSEN (@KRIS10INGER) August 9, 2012
However, many will never get the chance to pitch in for health coverage, as they vow to boycott the chain.
Guess I can add #papajohns to the list w/ #chikfila #notgettinmybiz
— BadChad (@badchad360) August 9, 2012
No mo #papa johns #pizza for me I support #aca #obama2012
— atlgsuboy02 (@atlgsuboy02) August 9, 2012
Used to love me some @PapaJohns too bad they are now boycotted.
— mikell young (@mikellyoung) August 9, 2012
I wouldn't have minded 14¢ to ensure your employees had health coverage, but I don't want my pies coming from a GOP mouthpiece. #papajohns
— Will Regla (@willregla) August 9, 2012
Papa johns is against Obama? They jut lost a customer.
— QUEEN Virgo. (@IndiaAlmighty) August 9, 2012
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.
GOP companies like Papa Johns want it all, no corp taxes, no benefits to employees, low wages, Greed, Greed Greed. #BoycottPapaJohns
— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) August 9, 2012
Goodbye PapaJohns – you hurt your customers to get personally richer – no thx
— Susanna (@SusannaMatte) August 9, 2012
Wow, man, that's harsh. RT @PapaJohns THE STREETS WILL FLOW WITH THE BLOOD OF THE UNINSURED BEFORE I PAY 1 CENT MORE TO MAKE MY PIZZAS!!!
— Dorian Staten (@DorianStaten) August 9, 2012
On Schnatter’s own @IAmPapaJohn Twitter account, things quickly turned ugly.
@iampapajohn horrible, cheap, low-life. No health care for the folks that bust their ass everyday over 14 cents a pie? For shame! #douchebag
— Mr. Drizkill (@drizkill) August 9, 2012
@IAmPapaJohn suck a fat dick you fascist!
— Mister Jonathan (@DocktorChicago) August 9, 2012
@iampapajohn is a classic example of rich asshole thinking. "If the poor want healthcare, I'll just threaten them w/ higher pizza cost" #ass
— Andrew (@scamboogah) August 9, 2012
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.
CNN's Tom Foreman fact-checks the Papa John's claim that Obamacare will cost 12-14 cents per pizza and says it's false.
— Bill Adair (@BillAdairDuke) August 9, 2012
@wolfblitzer Wolf's mouth drops open…CNN his guy says Papa John's Pizza numbers for healthcare for employees DO NOT ADD UP …Greedy GOP
— Nancy Mitchell (@NancyWonderful) August 9, 2012
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?
First Chik-fil-a, now Papa John's. What does it say about the US when fast food has become the tool for political catalyst? #FatNation
— Tony (@largetony) August 9, 2012
Papa John's. Chick-Fil-A. Fast food establishments need to keep their political beliefs on the dl or I am going to start losing weight.
— Stephan B. Wyatt (@IllegalWiretaps) August 9, 2012
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