Not all Pizza Chain Owners are Partisan Dicks: Papa John’s Vs. Little Caesars

November 11, 2012

In the news, Papa John’s CEO seems to be ubiquitous the last couple of days, although not for good public relations purposes. Several CEOs are taking the election results out of their employees. It’s a display of juvenility. For example: The day after President Obama won his reelection bid, the chief executive of Murray Energy, Robert E. Murray, gathered his staff and began to read a prayer. He then asked God to forgive America for its choice of President, and he prayed for “guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise.” Then, the praying executive closed the prayer with an “amen,” then fired 156 people. What these partisan CEOs are doing, has nothing to do with health care, but everything to do with them protecting their taxes, even at the expense of dedicated employees.

Let’s compare two Pizza chains. For the record: Not all Pizza chain owners are dicks. Case in point: Little Caesars is owned by the Iiltch family and has been in their family since 1959. The family has not collectively endorsed President Obama but a private fundraiser was held by Denise Iiltch which brought in $40,000 a plate.

The event was not tied to Little Caesars headquarters — It was Ms. Iiltch’s decision. 











Denise Ilitch, a Democrat, is a busy mother of three who is also co-publisher of Ambassador Magazine, runs a jewelry design business and is chairwoman of the University of Michigan regents.

Detroit CBS Local reports:

“Denise Ilitch is looking to help military brides by offering them designer jewelry as a gift for their big day as a thank you.Ilitch, eldest offspring of Mike and Marion Ilitch, announced her Michigan Military Brides Program to give back. “Supporting and honoring our troops and their families is very dear to me,”said Ilitch, who owns Denise Ilitch Designs.“They are giving up so much serving our country that I wanted to come up with somethng to tell them how much we appreciate them.”

She’s pure evil, I tell ya’!

Through all of her dealings, she has not obfuscated her status as an employer by directing her staff on who to vote for, or consequences would be dearly paid. That’s the trend with Republicans as of late; blackmail your employees, while feigning to be job creators. She was not in the news threatening employees if they did not vote for Barack Obama.

Iiltch is a very wealthy woman, in fact, her family is among the wealthiest and most influential in Michigan with an empire worth billions. Did the Ilitch family threaten their employees with a promise of unemployment — no, they actually allowed their employees to (GOP, say it with me now) work for a living and in return, they have dedicated employees so that their business can prosper even more. 

In contrast, meet Papa John. As reported here, the partisan pizza maker, John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s, had a public hissy fit over ObamaCare, so much so that he announced to the world that he is forced to raise his prices due to the new health care law. Schnatter is raising his prices 11 cents, likely in protest. 










And now, we learn that Schnater is also cutting down on employees’ hours.

This is a sad day but not unexpected. Threats to employees by CEOs gained momentum as the Presidential election neared. Those touting themselves as job creators, are destroying lives, with reckless abandon.

Schnatter has a vast fortune with a net worth of $240 million. John Schnatter has accumulated his net worth through his franchises in over 3400 restaurants around the world. He was born in Jefferson, Indiana U.S. In 2011, John was listed at number 17 on Forbes list as one of the wealthiest (under 40 years old).

My advice, is for us to go to Little Caesars. In dissent Republicans can continue on with the Job Destroyers, but we don’t reward bad behavior. That’s the Republican mantra. This isn’t an issue of whether Papa John is a Republican or Democrat, but that he’s passing on the cost to people like you and me, and his employees, while enjoying a vast fortune. Greed isn’t pretty. Contact info for John can be found here.

A big shout out to another, actual job creator, who is an amazing boss. FreakOutNation’s admin (aka: Mr. Sweetie) gave 1000+ employees in his company the day off. As soon as he has an opening for a tech-moron, I am applying.

Pure evilness!

What evil @ComgenKDT did (aside from keeping this site together for no pay whatsoever):

Vote day was a paid day with work optional ( day + hourly ) – vote or don’t vote, Obama, Mitt, Other no pressure. Comgen was happy to report all staff did vote or said they did.

“Skippy bet me that Mitt would win. If he did I would give everyone one day off with pay. If Obama won, Skip would give everyone holiday pay day off. <<– he was pretty sure of himself but ended up voting Obama.”

Welcome to the dark side Skippy.

In return, Comgen and Skippy have one of the lowest turnover rates in their business model.

Take that Papa John!

P.S.: Ladies, Comgen is also single and sexay as hell!

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  • Lleyten Cury

    this is a good comparison between the some or two of the leading pizza-maker in the country. however, whoever is the more richer will also assist or help their staff or employee rise from their living condition.

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  • Mark Banish

    I can proudly say I’ve never had even a single slice of his filthy fascist pie.

  • Kenneth Williams

    Little Caesars for me.

  • PragmaticCentrist

    It will be a cold day in hell before my family eats another Little Ceasars pizza. Thank you for posting this. Papa Johns will become my main supplier. Schnatter is right, Obamacare will increase costs for healthcare and reduce the access for those who already have coverage. You leftists are greedy. Always wanting to do good with someone else’s money. Like Europe, sooner or later you run out of someone else’s money.

    • Laura Bilbo

      LOL. You mean like how the US is surviving on China’s money? You can thank Bush for that one. Clinton had us in near zero debt…..Boohoo, us greedy leftists think if you are so filthy rich you can bathe in hundred dollar bills every morning, just maybe you should be a proper human being and do your part to take care of the people who got you there….!

    • Sux2BU

      If you are so worried about money you would be much better off eating Little Caesar’s. A large pizza at Papa John’s is more than twice as expensive as LCs.

  • jondos

    Well, does Little Ceasars provide healthcare to their employees? And does little Ceasars own all the shops or are they franchised and independently owned? And how many shops does Little Ceasar have and how many does Papa John own? And how many total employees are on the books? Are they full time or part time? These are all very important tax questions! And how many people does Freakout Nation employ? Perhaps it might be time to do your civic duty and hire extra people, even if it might cost you money? If people need jobs and Papa Johns laying off, Freakout Nation should heed the call. Don’t reprimand and berate others, take up the slack and hire 5 or 6 extra people. Stop complaining and demand others behave a certain way, set the tone and DO IT YOURSELF.

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  • Jamie Quinones

    Never liked his shitty pizza anyway!

  • Dicks

    has nothing to do with whether you are a republican or democrat dicks are dicks my company is italian with an american headquarters they just on the sneak hired 4 people (still not announced to the company) and laid of 5 people a week after the hire to pay for their salaries. Some of these people have worked for the company over 18 years. They did nothing to deserve this and got no severance packages. Dicks are Dicks!

  • baruchzed

    “Papa” John, do you have enough yet? How much is enough? We know that you are just protecting your personal hoard regardless of the harm you cause. Personally I think what you’re doing is immoral, firing employees and cutting hours to protect your personal lavish lifestyle. You’re a greedy selfish man.

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