Papa John’s Appreciation Day More Than a Buy-cott

What began as a simple discussion among conservative activists on social media has snowballed into an all out national Papa John’s Day.

The popular pizza chain has come under attack by liberal media and activist groups for holding true to its promise made before the recent election to reduce employee hours in preparation for the Affordable Care Act regulations set to take affect in January 2013.

I had the pleasure of discussing the event and the purposes behind it with HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.

Friday, November 16th has been dubbed Papa John’s Appreciation Day complete with its own Facebook Event Page and Twitter Hashtag (#NationalPapaJohnsDay). The group credited with the idea is Rebooting America, a start-up activist organization still in its planning stages.

A point missed in much of the media attention circling Papa John’s Appreciation Day is that it began with the intent to encourage pizza enthusiasts and lovers of capitalism to show with their actions that the free market is charitable. Organizers of the event are asking that when you buy a pie on Friday, consider buying an additional pie for a local charity, church group, afterschool program, or even a neighbor that may be out of work.

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  1. Real quick, maybe Papa John wouldn’t feel the need to cut employee hourse if they hadn’t also decided to give away 2 million pizzas during the football season. The good Papa can spend money however they see fit, but I would think that a CEO who had the needs of his employees in mind would act in that way before embarking on a ridiculous and costly promotion. I know I was neither more nor less likely to consume a Papa John’s pizza after finding out about the promotion.

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