Papa John's Pizza, Hurricane Wings & Grill, and some branches of Denny's and Applebee's are all facing calls for a boycott after their CEOs promised to pass Obamacare's costs on to consumers or to staff.
At the same time, conservative Obamacare opponents are waging campaigns in support of the Obamacare-afflicted food restaurants, including Friday's National Papa John's Appreciation Day (which is today, in case you forgot to mark your calendar). The Papa John's "buycott" currently has 20,000-plus participants signed up on Facebook.
Some progressives are pushing alternatives to boycotting the restaurants. A petition asking Papa John's CEO John Schnatter not to cut workers' pay now has 99,000 signatures. And a blogger at Democratic Underground argues that an Applebee's boycott will do more harm than good; instead, progressive protestors should "eat at Applebee's and order in such a way that supports the workers more than the business, by ordering the lowest-profit margin items, drinking water, and leaving a generous tip."
Amidst all the political back-and-forth, local restaurants like this Wisconsin pizzeria are cheering because they hope to benefit from a bump in consumers boycotting the national chains.
I completely support these boycotts, and have personally called for them on this site! Good for American---We should NEVER allow some corporate jerk to hold us hostage...Especially over an election that was duly decided by the majority of the American People...I'm telling you...If we keep this up...someday soon, these corporate assholes, are going to finally get the message---The The American People Will Not Be Bullied or Intimidated out of our Democratic Rights!
@Jasonopolis The point is do not pick and choose who to boycott based on a news article that is only reporting information that they want you to hear. Make a true stand for your beliefs and you will be taken seriously. If you want to boycott a restaurant, whose profit margins are VERY MINIMAL at around 5%(source - http://www.forbes.com/sites/sageworks/2012/01... )... then at least follow it up by boycotting the rich in these media companies whose profit margins are closer to 23%(source - http://smallbusiness.chron.com/typical-profit... )
@DARSB there's the proof ... the takers and moochers with the help of the government have dragged themselves out of the gutter and into Applebees... still I doubt the loss of that particular clientele will have any affect on Applebees bottom line.... and actually I would imagine the servers will be glad to see that particular group go ... I don't imagine e.b.t allows tipping.
thanks for the link though it definitely shows to what extremes the welfare class has risen.
I don't understand. Is this just a 'political play'. A considerable tax penalty is only incurred IF insurance is not provided. If a business is covering employees to begin with, then there is no tax cost or cost other than the normal yearly rise in health care. And the rise percentage is lower than in the past 10 years. Are that many people really against the working class getting any breaks?
@Rocker This specific posts has nothing to do with giving the working class any breaks. This specifically, simply says that if a company incurs new costs in an industry whose profits are marginal already, then those costs get passed down to the consumer. And this is exactly what our government does when it raises taxes. Why do you think that people would be against the working class?
@Jasonopolis - I can understand that. However, there are some employers that seem to be grandstanding by making the statement of why they are downsizing. I have no gripe whatsoever on passing costs. That is SOP. And the institution of the ObamaCare package is not final yet. When it does, things will stabilize.
absolutely and they have to. when government implements regulation on business it always has a direct effect on the consumer and Obama Care is no different except and it's excessive scope . Obamacare will destroy this country.
@bsking in this case all businesses should bite the bullet and pay the cost out of their operating budgets. until 'americans' finally learn that the federal gov't. should be paying for all health care for every person on u.s. soil the companies should gladly shoulder the cost.
@dances-weebles you're living in the wrong country you should move to Europe. then you can work 20 hours a week demand 3 weeks paid vacation demand free healthcare and figure out how to live on a bottle of wine a loaf of bread....
If you are referring to the so-called business owner ("job creators")--Then I agree with you. Otherwise, these protesters are doing just exactly what our constitution grants them the right to do...So why the hell are you complaining?
@marine1 Well so were they in doing their protesting and boycotting---but you called them "crybabies". So how come when YOU do it...its just your "1st amendment right"?--But when THEY do it...they are "cry babies"?
Come on righties - Chow down and stuff your faces with Chik-Fil-A, Jimmy Johns and Papa Johns. Then go by Dennys for a discriminatory Grand Slam! Keep on eatin' that stuff and boycotting all those highly educated liberal doctors. You'll prove Lindsay Graham right sooner rather than later.
@LGRepublican Liberal master plan?? I guess no one can't handle a 4 cent to 10 cent price increase per pie ( their numbers) who would notice? Much better to reduce the size liberal customer base by screwing their employee's. Great scheme by the CEO
This boycott is in support of making these fat cat CEOs offer a health plan to their employees... Otherwise known as "Common Decency." Have you seen a picture of "Papa John" Schnatter's mansion, nicknamed The Castle? It's hard to believe he can't afford to offer a health plan if he has that much money to burn. Yes, he has a right to be a selfish butthole. And people of conscience have a right to boycott his business.
If a company owner (and you) think that it is ok for that owner to take out his revenge on his employees because his candidate lost an election for President...Then those people who protest his BS retaliation efforts are not being "hypocritical"...The are being AMERICAN'S!... And if YOU don't know the difference...then its no wonder your party lost in this last election!
@Sonny for the millionth time, im not a republican - and my profile says so. These owners have to downsize to be able to absorb the costs soon to be imposed on them. Either that or raise the price of pizza and have to lay them off anyway because less people will then buy their more expensive product. So these very dumb democrats imposed extra costs on these businesses, the business responds by cutting costs so they can remain in business competetively, and then these rubes boycott them. I know they want to hurt the owners, but its obvious this will not work, obvious. So the only logical conclusion I can come up with is these boycotters want the rest of these american working class folks out of a job.
Great news. Since I'm no fan of any of these chain restaurants it'll be a Win-Win for me to sit back and watch Republicans fund Obamacare by frequenting these establishments and paying a little bit more.
You know your nation is in trouble and truly divided when everything starts getting classified into a red or blue column. Pretty soon we will be choosing everywhere we shop, eat, buy gas, etc. all based on whether they are considered "republican" or "democrat" friendly. A place for everything and everything in its place, right? This is the one aspect of the human race lately that sickens me. Everything is categorized, stereotyped, and given one designation or another. To me, these actions when you apply them to people, businesses, etc. is one step away from racism.
The CEO's are the one's creating the issue. They're the one who felt the need to call news conferences to proclaim their actions and their motivation. The reason we have advertising is to create a brand image. These CEO's create a right wing anti Obama mean spirited toward their employees by choice image. The consumer is just reacting to that image
Wish i could, but can't participate in the boycott. Cant boycott a place i wouldn't go near before Obamacare issues. What they serve isn't fit for human consumption. I would give ther food to my dog, assuming I had one.
Sorry, I am unable to support these boycotts. Papa Johns is garbage pizza, not much different than Dominos. Denny's is a cesspool of cholesterol as is Applebee's. I don't care to contribute to the national obesity epidemic.
" Do you support any of these restaurant boycotts of buycotts?" LOL - No, how silly and a waste of time. BTW notice that Hostess is liquidating? Seems even with the information that they could no longer be able to stay in business and pay the unions the more and more money they wanted the higher and more generous pensions and benefits demanded by the unions, the UNIONS voted 92% to continue the strike. So, thanks to the unions showing, that like true leftists, they will not compromise, not give an inch and will continue to be the greediest workers on earth, 18,500 people will now be out of a job. Heck, I thought America being like Greece was a few years out, seems, for once, I was wrong. We are there. How stupid, workers, in this economy, told that if they do not compromise, the company will close, chose to vote themselves out of a job. Great, before they HAD a job, benefits and some security, now, nada, nothing, but, wow, they sure showed management who was in charge. Ah, but of course, Obama is in charge, they will get taxpayer money to supplement them for how long? Is it back to almost 2 years of freeloading? Another group of people one fruit snack short of a Happy Meal!
I really wish people wouldn't do what you are doing here. The Hostess strike had nothing to do with more money, better benefits or more pension. It had to do with trying to keep the current contract in place, not lose more benefits than the ones they gave up a year ago and to force the company to continue funding pensions which they stopped doing more than a year ago. I know a guy at Hostess. He makes 10.00 an hour. How much less would you like him to take?
@Sonny yeah, right...freedom and democracy. Companies with HUGE profits raise prices and lay off workers because of something they can easily afford. The American way! Oh, wait...that would take some money from their pockets. Poor guys. This has nothing to do with the election, or obamacare, this has to do with spoiled, stubborn little children not getting what they want.
@jessejaymes Yes, I know, there was a good article in the WSJ today, unfortunately, the workers cut off their nose to spite their face. Hostess was facing bankruptcy, again, and couldn't afford the crazy demands of the unions. Did you know that by union rules the truck delivering twinkies couldn't be used at the same time to deliver wonderbread? If I recall correctly the DRIVER was not even allowed to unload the truck, a different union worker had to do that and one each for every different product. This kept union workers employeed, but cost up to 3 times the expense for one truck load of products. Very expensive and totally inefficient. This created a nightmare of delivery schedules and routes and to complicate things further, the deliverer of the twinkies could not also deliver wonderbread even if it were on the truck. Surely you see the needless complication of such rules. This is what drove up expenses and caused a loss of profit. As to your friend, not to be harsh, but at least he had a job, now he doesn't. Would he trade getting $10/hr vs no job at all? They were being asked to pay something like 17% of their benefits, in the real world of real non-union jobs, that would be a gift. See, it's all a matter of perspective. If you can, read the WSJ article, it was very concise and informative, giving all sides of the problem.
Just a month or so ago, papa john said he would have to raise his price per pie by 13 cents. Now he says he has to lay people off? something doesnt jive about his figures. I'm sure he as to lay people off because he makes shitty pizza, and doesn''t want to admit it...
Nothing jives about the Papa John's statements. First of all Obamacare doesn't take effect until 2014. He's out nothing until then. Second if you cut hours you've cut overhead. So adding to the price is nothing more than profit gouging.