The Papa John’s lawsuit making news this week has brought the chain’s name into the news in an unpleasant way, negatively affecting stock after a $250 million class-action lawsuit was filed against the company — but not everyone is mad at the pizza giant right now, as evidenced by the National Papa John’s Appreciation Day Page on Facebook.
The Papa John’s lawsuit stems from annoyance with which we can all relate — the habit of some companies to automatically subscribe you to their lists after you do business with them, pelting you with unwanted texts, emails and other communications when you provide them with the contact information necessary to complete your order. And often it seems no volume nor permutation of “please, for the love of Horus, stop sending me texts I have to pay to receive” can make the messages stop, as if you are trapped in the least climactic horror movie of all time.
But complainants in the Papa John’s lawsuit say that the company even woke some pizza-eaters in the middle of the night with intrusive texts, and the case has potential to curb other companies from engaging in the same annoying technostalking shenanigans, should the company be found at fault.
The Papa John’s lawsuit isn’t the only challenge facing Papa John’s and CEO John Schnatter right now — detractors have also slammed the CEO and his brand for vocal threats to make life harder for workers in protest of Obamacare.
And much like with Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, conservative supporters are rallying behind the brand after a one-two punch this week, staging a reverse boycott to negate the effects.
The National Papa John’s Appreciation Day currently has 15,000+ confirmed attendees on Facebook, and reads:
“The CEO of Papa John’s, John H. Schnatter, has said that he will have to cut employee hours because of Obamacare. Schattner has received intense media scrutiny in addition to being demonized as an evil rich guy by the Left. Obamacare is a fiscal nightmare and because of it, many small businesses aren’t hiring now. Some are even closing their doors. Obamacare is now, as John Boehner said, ‘the law of the land.'”
The page continues:
“In solidarity with John H. Schnatter, we propose that November, 16th, 2012 be National Papa John’s Appreciation Day. The Left thinks we are discouraged; they think they have won. Let’s send a clear message this Friday, like we did on Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, that we are here to stay and that we won’t stop fighting. There are over 2,600 Papa John’s stores in the United States. Let’s flood all of them like we flooded Chick-Fil-A.”
Do you think between the Papa John’s lawsuit and the threatened boycott the chain deserves some love, or did Schnatter bring the latter upon himself by making a political stand on the quality of life of his employees?