I don’t like Papa John’s Pizza, I’m a picky eater and never thought it was very tasty. If I’m gonna get stuck eating national-chain pizza @ 3AM, I guess I’d rather eat Pizza Hut?
I’m honestly wondering why it seems the default position is to assume that Forbes (or any other outside entity for that matter) knows the business better than the man who started and runs the company. Other than their product being lackluster, did anyone who has a problem with what he’s doing give two shits about Papa John’s before he made this announcement? I know I didn’t, and I can’t remember the last time I actually bought one of his pizzas, if ever, and I doubt I ever will because I don’t care for it.
Is it really necessary to label someone who has been financially successful as an “asshat” because they don’t like the government telling them how to conduct their business? Have not literally TENS OF THOUSANDS of people been able to supplement their income, get through a temporary layoff, find seasonal employment, or work through college by getting a PT job baking or delivering pizzas at a Papa John’s franchise? How many other businesses and individuals have benefited, like folks I know who’ve worked on Papa John’s commercial spots in the past, not to mention all the other seemingly unconnected industries and people that supply and interact almost invisibly with that business on a daily basis? Despite all this, he’s an “asshat” for maintaining his business by doing something he doesn’t want to do – but is being forced to by law – passing on the legal compliance costs to his customers and trying to avoid doing so further by reducing his overhead further through labor manipulations? If he’s such a greedy asshole, why didn’t he just arbitrarily raise his prices by the same amount or more 6 months ago, and cut everyone’s hours company policy as well? It’s amazing to me that people are actually lambasting his charity, in favor of bureaucratic regulation and taxation. (aka theft)
I follow politics much closer than the average American, and as a Midwesterner I’m probably more aware of his company than your average John Q as well, and I’m really struggling to recall ANY event EVER involving Papa John’s changing their business practices arbitrarily to basically make a political statement.
I’m convinced there’s no such thing as “bad attitudes,” rather “bad reactions.” I understand the emotional response to his announcement, and the reaction to those on both sides to it, but in the spirit of “E Pluribus Unum,” I for one am personally going to tone down my libertarian belly-fire by the time it exits my mouth. (or at least make a valiant effort) I find most people reject it anyway, but I don’t have to be such a vitriolic dick when I disagree with altruistic statists.
The above is a reply I posted to a facebook post by a colleague of mine lamenting Papa John’s Pizza’s founder stating he would raise the price of each pizza as a response to the Obamacare tax. My colleague also expressed comical eminence at what he perceives as the popular right-wing reaction to the event, and his bad attitude about the whole topic, and name-calling. It also references comments to his post from others, regarding more name-calling and third-party data debunking. The response started getting so long it became this blog entry.