Papa John’s owner John Schnatter lives in this 45,000 square foot castle (image above). He has a 40+ car garage and his corporation, Papa John’s Pizza, made nearly 45 million dollars in profits during the first nine months of this year. Yet John Schnatter, in what seems to be an ugly political statement, recently said that he would ‘be forced to cut worker’s hours to pay for Obamacare.’
Earlier this year, Schnatter said that the costs associated with Obamacare would result in Pizza prices increasing by 11 to 14 cents.
So which is it? Cutting hours, denying healthcare to workers, or raising Pizza prices by a little more than a dime?
What makes Schnatter’s statements even more outrageous and out of touch is the fact that he is promising to give away 2 million pizzas for free. One would think a man who can afford such an excessive marketing ploy, such a massive house, or who makes so much in profits, could afford providing health care for workers. His statements reveal what can be best described as a total lack of humanity for the people who work so hard to make him rich. Who are probably paid at or near minimum wage. And who probably can only make a living by doing work for Papa John’s Pizza in addition to other jobs.
Schnatter made his fortune not via an innovation that raises people’s standards of living. But by cunningly exploiting low-paid workers to mass produce a low cost product — pizza. His kind of fast food is mostly unhealthy and likely contributes to the obesity problem in this country. In the ‘maker and taker’ mythology of the right wing, this man is a ‘maker.’ That ‘hard working guy’ who exploits workers to produce a, rather crappy, product and who would never, ever dream of making the life of his fellow man one iota better.
For my part, I can share no measure of guilt for supporting this man. Back in 1996, a Papa John’s pizza gave me salmonella food poisoning. Since that time, I have not eaten one slice of Papa John’s pizza.
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