PENNIES AND PAPA JOHN
know this history:
the age of 22, in 1983, the industrious,
young, John Schnatter started delivering
pizza out of his father's co-owned tavern
in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
the same year, John sold his 1971 Camaro
Z28 to purchase the other half
of the tavern
which became his family's first
hard work, remarkable vision, extraordinary
organizations skills and wise business
decisions, Mr. Schnatter built
an enormous network of locally-owned
franchises. In 2009 he bought his Camaro
back, for $250,000.
2012, the Papa John’s
franchise had 3,500 restaurants in 50
states and 30 countries, with about
25 people employed at each store - a
workforce of some 87,500 people.
Schnatter complained that year that
he didn’t want to give his full
time workers "Obama Healthcare"
because to do so he would
have to raise the cost of his pizzas
11 to 14 cents each. He threatened to
cut back full-time workers’ hours
so as not to have to provide them with
You know, God, that In 2012, John Schnatter
was 50 years old, and his net worth
was reportedly $240,000,000.
His (main) home
is a 40,000 square-foot mansion.
you for bringing this man to his senses,
through an exposure of his excessive
self-interest. May the revision
of his thinking lead to permanent increased
respect for the needs of his employees,
and to a more just and generous attitude
on his part
with respect to fair wages and ethical
you, Lord, too, for softening the heart
of Florida-based businessman John Metz,
owner of 40 Denny’s franchise
(and other) restaurants. In 2012, he
his intention to add the cost of healthcare
insurance as a surcharge shown on customers’
checks – suggesting that diners
to deduct the amount from the tip which
they might otherwise leave.
also planned to cut full-time employees
hours, in order to avoid paying the
health tax. “It’s going
to force my employees
to go out and get a second [part-time]
job” ... and continue to be uninsured.
recanted their heartless positions,
Mr. Schnatter and Mr. Metz might well
investigate the business model of Dick's
Drive-In, a small chain which has
been operating profitably in Washington
State since 1954 - that's 7 years
before John Schnatter was born.
pays employees a minimum of $10.00 per
hour to start (well above the current
minimum wage). Merit raises can increase
to $10.50 per hour within three
Dick's offers 100% employer-paid health
and dental insurance to every
who works at least 24 hours per week
(more than 75% of their employees).
Employees are offered vocational/self-improvement
scholarships up to $22,000 over 4 years
to employees working 20 hours per week
for at least six months and continuing
to work at least 20 hours per week while
Childcare assistance of between $3,000-$8,000
per year is available to employees working
20 hours per week for at least six months,
and continuing to work at least 20 hours
per week while receiving childcare assistance.
A community service benefit encourages
employees to help local charities: Dick's
pays employees their regular hourly
for up to 4 hours per month of volunteer
God, bless the owners and workers
at Dick's restaurants! Let
them be a model
to others nationwide.
me feel solidarity with Papa John's
and Denny's employees, and
give me more brotherly love for Papa
and Denny's John Metz. I pray that they
their begrudging attitude toward their
employers in all respects and put people
above excessive profiteering.
I pray that the negative publicity they
engendered will give them an increased
respect for working people, and make
them future champions for the least-paid
workers in the food industry.
All this I pray in hope and charity
God of all workers, and employers,
25 Largest Houses in America,
including Mr. Schnatter's, the 14th