Papa John's Pizza Compliment - Great Job! - 23 Cent Pizza Promotion
OHIO -- For those who were not aware of the story...A Franchise owner of a Papa John's Pizza in Washington had 20 T-shirts printed up with "Crybaby 23" and the Papa John's Logo on it. The shirt was a stab at Cleveland Cavalier player, Lebron James.
Out of the 20 T-shirts Printed, 8 were given out at the game and ONE was shown on camera. After 200 complaints were made from CAV Fans, our local Papa John's contacted Corp. to find out what to do with the complaints. They were threatening to boycott, etc.
After Corp. investigated the issue, found the owner that gave out those T-shirts did so on his own and it was not approved by their corp. offices.
To apologize to the CAVS fans the corp. office of Papa Johns approved the sale of One large, one topping pizza for pick up only at all the 40 local Papa John's Pizza places for only 23 cents. (23 being Lebron's jersey number). They were to sell these pizzas (one per customer) from 11am until 10pm on April 8. Other locations in Columbus, Cincinnati and surrounding areas join in...making a total of about 80 locations.
Anyway...I just wanted to give a "KUDOS" to all those workers that worked so hard to keep everything running smoothly. Yes, there was a long wait, but everything was in order and out of all the 80 locations and hundreds of customers waiting in line at each, there were only two arrest for disorderly conduct.
When I got in to place my order, I was very impressed on the way the young ladies and gentlemen were working as a team to get everyone taken care of. I felt for the girl who was hand tossing that pizza dough all day...I'm sure she's feeling it now...but KUDOS to all those young workers. Papa Johns is also donating $20,000.00 to the CAVS charities AND they paid their workers time and a half for their job yesterday as a encouragement for them NOT to call off work. They had workers working throughout the previous night making dough, chopping veggies...they did NOT make up the pizzas ahead of time, which would have saved a lot of time...but they said all pizzas will be made at the time the order, to ensure freshness.
The location I went to, had sold over 700 pizzas. The rep. from the Corp. office said they were prepared to supply 750,000 pizzas for this promotion. They had truck deliveries throughout the previous night getting all the supplies out and they had people just putting hundreds of pizza boxes together since Monday.
Oh..and what did the Corp. Office do to the guy in Washington that caused all of this? They said, "We had a talk with him and advised him not to do that again"...LOL...something tells me this was all a publicity stunt from the beginning, great advertising and the charity donations will be a write off...
Basher agrees that LeBron James IS a big cry baby. But so were the fans who complained about the T-shirt. I don't see any difference between what the guy in Washington did with the T-Shirts, when our business' hang "Pittsburg Sucks" signs in their windows downtown!
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