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Applebee’s CEO Announces Hiring Freeze And Layoffs Over Obamacare, Boycott Threatened
The Inquisitr ^ | November 11, 2012 | H. Scott English

Posted on 11/11/2012 1:41:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The CEO of a huge New York Applebees franchise decided to join fellow fast food CEO John Shattner of Papa John’s in saying that he will layoff workers and stop hiring new ones if the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is implemented. Applebees franchise owner Zane Tankel, announced his plans almost immediately after President Obama’s reelection.

The Twitterverse immediately went crazy with plans for boycotts.

One tweet read:

“So far I’ve seen Papa John’s and Applebees threatening to fire people since their choice didn’t win the election. Disgusting on either side.”

Others said:

“BOYCOTT APPLEBEES NOW.”

“Add @Applebees to the list of unpatriotic businesses who are firing people because Barack Obama won.”

Zanr Tankel announced his plans on Fox News. Tankel is CEO of Apple-Metro which owns 40 New York Area Applebees. Each restaurant employs between 80 and 300 people. Under the Affordable Care Act any employer with more than 50 employees has to offer a federally approved insurance plan to their employees or face a fine of $2,000.

Zane said on Fox:

“We’ve calculated it will [cost] some millions of dollars across our system. So what does that say — that says we won’t build more restaurants. We won’t hire more people. If you have 40 or 50 employees at a restaurant, and the penalty is $2,000, and you’re going to pay $80,000 or $100,000 penalty, there goes the profit in your restaurant. I want to simply say we are looking at it, we are evaluating. If it’s possible to do without cutting people back, I am delighted to do it, but that also rolls back expansion, it rolls back hiring more people, and in a best-case scenario, we only shrink the labor force minimally. Best case.”

Papa John’s CEO John Shattner told shareholders this week he was going to have to add eleven to fourteen cents per pie to the final cost to the consumer.

Shattner was subjected to a whipping on Twitter for his comments as well.

Schnatter defended his plan saying:

“That’s what you do, is you pass on the costs. Unfortunately, I don’t think people know what they’re going to pay for [Obamacare].”

Because Obamacare’s insurance mandates only apply to workers working more than 30 hours per week, chains like Red Lobster and the Olive Garden have said they will look into cutting worker’s hours also.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Government; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: economy; fascism; food; layoffs; obama; obamacare; obamacarelayoffs; pizza; unemployment
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Boycotts because they're facing reality?
1 posted on 11/11/2012 1:42:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wouldn,t a boycott encourage more layoffs?


2 posted on 11/11/2012 1:45:04 PM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

leftists think that hurting business is the solution to everything.


3 posted on 11/11/2012 1:45:37 PM PST by RC one (Akin/Mourdock-2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Much like they treat the government, liberals expect business to have an unlimited supply of money and owners to give it all to whatever the cause celebre may happen to be and be thankful to do such.

We had our window, but methinks we will begin seeing in the next few years the adverse consequences to amassing so much debt.


4 posted on 11/11/2012 1:46:09 PM PST by CaspersGh0sts
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To: meyer

You expect liberals to think logically?


5 posted on 11/11/2012 1:46:13 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is now war between we producers and liberals.

Go ahead, make our day.

We can cut you idiots off in your cities with little effort, and wait patiently for you to venture into out territory.

May all your sons and daughters turn out to be rap artists and journalists.

Oh, forgot....they already are.


6 posted on 11/11/2012 1:46:18 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

I am beginning to think that Ayn Rand was indeed a prophet.


7 posted on 11/11/2012 1:46:56 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

yes.

I just posted satire about this. We know its coming.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2958350/posts


8 posted on 11/11/2012 1:47:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just take over Applebesand be done with it. You saddle the business with Obamacare, now you won’t let them adjust to survive.

Just pass the law now requiring business to hire, and change the name to United Socialist States.


9 posted on 11/11/2012 1:47:18 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: meyer

Most of these Lefties and anarchists are anti-capitalism and Fabian socialist or communist, so that’s a plus in their book. Let them eat food stamps.


10 posted on 11/11/2012 1:47:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: meyer

Of course, but that’s how stupid leftists are...


11 posted on 11/11/2012 1:48:05 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: dfwgator

Ayn’s good guys were insane but she had the bad guys pegged!!


12 posted on 11/11/2012 1:48:42 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Maybe it takes a little bit of insanity to be successful.


13 posted on 11/11/2012 1:49:35 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

It’s amazing. People were laughing at me for saying that Obama’s 30hrs/job was going to cut back hours.


14 posted on 11/11/2012 1:52:41 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (They may take our lives... but they'll never take our FREEDOM!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Papa John’s CEO John Shattner told shareholders this week he was going to have to add eleven to fourteen cents per pie to the final cost to the consumer.

The ignorant (m)asses calling for boycotting Papa John's obviously never took an Economics course. Basic Economics 101: all costs of creating, distributing and selling a product are included in the product's sale price. That price also includes profit for the product creator.

So Schnatter (not Shattner) says he's increasing the price of his (crappy) pizza by eleven to fourteen cents? I don't know what that tells anyone else but it tells me he's making his profit on volume sales of his crappy pizza, not quality.

While I support Schnatter's position on this issue, I've had Papa John's pizza once. That was enough for me.

15 posted on 11/11/2012 1:54:23 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: dfwgator

Absolutely. read “Atlas” again after the 2008 election. A re-read may be in order.


16 posted on 11/11/2012 1:56:51 PM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: usconservative
His sauce makes me violently ill, but that's not the point, is it?
17 posted on 11/11/2012 1:57:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did the same to me, so I think that was the point!
18 posted on 11/11/2012 1:59:05 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

cut the workers hours to 15 per week until they stop with the boycotts, if that doesn’t work, then lay off half of them.


19 posted on 11/11/2012 2:00:12 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Let me fix this:

Add @Applebees to the list of unpatrioticracist businesses who are firing people because Barack Obama wonran on raising taxes on job creators and won. All we cared about was Big Big and vaginas.

20 posted on 11/11/2012 2:00:39 PM PST by matt04
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To: usconservative

Papa John’s “The Works” is my favorite pizza ever.


21 posted on 11/11/2012 2:03:57 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Obviously you’ve never had a REAL pizza.


22 posted on 11/11/2012 2:06:10 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: meyer

Yes, boycotts would inspire more layoffs but this is the electorate that we have. Needless-to-say, this is why pure democracy does not work and it is the reason this country was set up as a Democratic Republic.

JoMa


23 posted on 11/11/2012 2:08:35 PM PST by joma89
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To: usconservative

Well, my daughter tells me St. Louis has the best pizza but I’ve never been there.


24 posted on 11/11/2012 2:09:09 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

             

25 posted on 11/11/2012 2:12:48 PM PST by tomkat (a million tiny cuts .. add yours daily .. be creative)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Well, my daughter tells me St. Louis has the best pizza but I’ve never been there.

No offense to you or your daughter here. I've been to St. Louis. What they call "pizza" we call several names I cannot repeat.

Unless you live in New York or Chicago, you really don't know what real good pizza is. (And frankly, since I live in the Chicago area and am heavily biased, I'd argue New Yorkers don't know what real pizza is either!)

Ok, I guess I can say one good thing about living in North East Illinois: the food here ROCKS.

Everything else about this God forsaken state completely sucks rocks, but the food is awesome.

26 posted on 11/11/2012 2:13:25 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: dfwgator
I am beginning to think that Ayn Rand was indeed a prophet.

Yup.
In fact, I'm listening to the Atlas Shrugged audiobook for the 2nd time.

Anyone know where Atlantis might be? Will work for gold. Malting specialist here.
27 posted on 11/11/2012 2:14:27 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: usconservative

I bet you hate grits, too!


28 posted on 11/11/2012 2:18:47 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
LOL! Yes, liberals...boycott them AND PUT MORE POOR OBAMA VOTERS OUT OF WORK!!

Please, I'm beggin' ya...do it, cut your own people's throats!!!! BWa ha haa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha~!

29 posted on 11/11/2012 2:20:26 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ten dollars for a Big Mac at McDs wouldn’t cause a boycott, would it?


30 posted on 11/11/2012 2:22:48 PM PST by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So, libtards are going to organize boycotts of businesses who must face the realities of costs and competition "because their guy didn't win" meme

Yeah, this should turn out well.

31 posted on 11/11/2012 2:37:20 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: usconservative

” (And frankly, since I live in the Chicago area and am heavily biased, I’d argue New Yorkers don’t know what real pizza is either!)”

I’ve never been to Chicago, so I can’t compare the pizzas between the two cities. But speaking as someone who was born and lived in new York city and because pizza has been one of my favorite foods, I gotta say....OH, YEAH???? :)


32 posted on 11/11/2012 2:44:01 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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33 posted on 11/11/2012 2:44:19 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure applebees has a lot to lose from a boycott by the food stamp crowd.


34 posted on 11/11/2012 2:45:33 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There’s a lot of room in a lot of econ classes that these “boycott boneheads” need to fill.


35 posted on 11/11/2012 2:48:53 PM PST by albie
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To: lowbridge

Basic NY vs Chicago pizza “war” is thin crust ( NYC ) against thick crust ( Chicago ).


36 posted on 11/11/2012 2:51:51 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Be a Patriot

FIRE A LIBERAL TODAY!


37 posted on 11/11/2012 2:53:29 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess we are going to have to “Chick-Fil-A” Applebees


38 posted on 11/11/2012 2:55:41 PM PST by Never on my watch (GALT)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Exactly.

Lou Malnati's forever.

39 posted on 11/11/2012 2:57:54 PM PST by Snake65
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To: lowbridge
I’ve never been to Chicago, so I can’t compare the pizzas between the two cities. But speaking as someone who was born and lived in new York city and because pizza has been one of my favorite foods, I gotta say....OH, YEAH???? :)

Oh it's on now! I've been to NYC plenty of times. It's a great city, really is. Every time I've been there I've enjoyed it. The food in NYC is nothing short of terrific, specially at some of the Deli's I've eaten at. I'm talking world-class sammich's. Pizza's a very personal thing though. It just so happens that I like pizza -- damn' near any pizza ('cept the "chain" pizza like Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Domino's -- that's not pizza, that's crap!)

I even like pizza in NY. Y'all make a great thin crust. Honest, ya do. Thing is, I like thick crust and deep dish pizza better. The deeper and cheesier the better. :-) That's not something I've *ever* gotten in NYC.

BTW: the Original Ruth's Chris in NYC blows the one in Chicago away. Been to both, Prefer NYC.

40 posted on 11/11/2012 2:58:06 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative
If pizza doesn't have the char, then it's not pizza.

41 posted on 11/11/2012 3:38:04 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

“Basic NY vs Chicago pizza “war” is thin crust ( NYC ) against thick crust ( Chicago ).”

Chicago pizza isn’t pizza. It’s more like pizza quiche.


42 posted on 11/11/2012 3:40:35 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: usconservative

I completely agree with you on dominos, pizza hut, papa johns, etc. As for thick crust pizza, the only thing that comes to mind regarding thick crust pizzas here are called sicilian slices/pies. Also they’re square in shape.


43 posted on 11/11/2012 3:41:25 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Left has a problem with reality because they haven’t lived much if it outside their parents basements and get their “life” through computer screens and cellphones...


44 posted on 11/11/2012 4:03:42 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only thing wrong these companies did is announce what they are going to do. As Tuco said, if your going to shoot, shoot, don’t talk. They should of said nothing and just implement their plan.


45 posted on 11/11/2012 4:16:00 PM PST by gusty
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To: ari-freedom

That is NOT pizza. That’s a mess.


46 posted on 11/11/2012 4:18:09 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: gusty

Under a law called the WARN Act, they have to announce ahead of time.


47 posted on 11/11/2012 4:26:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Never on my watch

It’s an interesting twist, “Chick Fil A-ing” Applebee’s. they boycott, we patronize. They don’t lose workers because of the extra business, and the left thinks they “win” and think their boycott works. It might actually work.


48 posted on 11/11/2012 4:34:07 PM PST by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Because Obamacare’s insurance mandates only apply to workers working more than 30 hours per week, chains like Red Lobster and the Olive Garden have said they will look into cutting worker’s hours also.

Will it be harder to get breadsticks?

49 posted on 11/11/2012 4:49:47 PM PST by newzjunkey (Obama thanks Pontius Pilate Freepers for giving him four more years!)
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To: dfwgator

I put my ‘Who is John Galt?’ bumper sticker on my minivan two days after the election.

I’ve read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ twice. The second time it almost scare me in its reality. Next I’m waiting for portions of ‘The Hunger Games’ to begin in real life. The line that President Snow utters about stifling hope sent a chill down my spine (we watched the movie last night, but I’ve also read the book).


50 posted on 11/11/2012 4:57:40 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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