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5 CEOs Who Are Punishing Employees For Obama’s Re-Election

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5 CEOs Who Are Punishing Employees For Obama’s Re-Election


Throughout the 2012 campaign, many business owners who supported Mitt Romney’s campaign warned that President Obama is bad for business — and that his re-election would have negative consequences for their employees.

After Election Day, some of those execs are apparently prepared to follow through with their threats. Although no substantive policies have changed since the votes were cast, these five executives are throwing tantrums over the results — and taking out their frustrations on the American people:

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. TZToronto November 15, 2012

    Let customers show their contempt for these people by driving them out of business. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggest that vengeance is appropriate. What I’m saying is that if these employers feel that their employees are not worth protecting, then we, the people, should feel no loyalty toward these employers. Look for companies that value their employees, and spend your money with them. Once the bad guys start hurting in their wallets, they’ll come around.

    1. jerrimyers November 16, 2012

      If you can double your tips for the servers–they deserve it having to work for such sleeze balls.

      1. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

        Just walk in and tip the servers…don’t buy any of the shit they are selling.

    2. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

      no once they start hurting we put the screws to em….I don’t want them hurting I want them gone. and don’t forget to sign the dump trump petition that is getting to macy’s already..600k signatures…dump trump…and boycott his tv shows/ casinos/ hotels/resorts/ all of it…just let the Donald die on the vine.

      1. billbear1961 November 21, 2012

        I couldn’t agree more, and will look into everything you mention.

        Wal-Mart employees are going out on strike for Black Friday, and need our support!

        They are paid so little that many require FOOD STAMPS to get by!

        The Walton family are filthy vampires, absolute capitalist SAVAGES!

  2. Daniel Jones November 15, 2012

    There you go. It’s as I have said; these mooncalves think they’re the freaking Hellfire Club from Marvel Comics without the dodgy sex.

    They are literally willing to attack the American people economically in order to protest not getting handed everything.

  3. I Zheet M'Drawz November 16, 2012

    This is fargin outrageous.

    We’re headed for the final solution, a single payer system.

    1. jerrimyers November 16, 2012

      I truly hope so. This was one compromise I wish President Obama had not had to make when we finally got our Affordabale Health Care bill passed. A single payer system is the answer and I believe we will evolve to it.

      1. CPANewYork November 16, 2012

        Amen to that. There is no reason to have private insurers involved in health care coverage.

        1. Gladys5215G November 17, 2012

          It is the “for profit” part of the insurance that is killing everyone aside from the fact that they call the shots. You are allowed a procedure or maybe not. It depends on their bottom line not what the doctor prescribed.

  4. bcarreiro November 16, 2012

    CEO’s are acting like their losing their wallets and use scare tactics on the people who make them rich. discrimination and alterior motives wont stop you from paying your fairshare. your so called company write offs that the taxpayers flips the bill for arent going to be handed to you anymore, you now as you may know will have to actually work for your salaries. creating a customer base is essential to making a company expand and grow as to a president who ensures his employees are doing such that and to claim that obamacare is a downfall is just another way of saying im not paying for my employees who make your company what it is. if you want to blame someone blame the insurance carriers who are making incredible profits even in a recession.

    1. Gladys5215G November 17, 2012

      Here, here, get rid of insurance. It does nothing for you if you need. You have to fight them every inch of the way and next year, they will either cancel you or increase your prems. I know, it happened to me. I am a business owner and cannot make a profit, pay my employees and support insurances too.

      1. bcarreiro November 18, 2012

        when you have a family plan and pay $80.00 a wk and dont necessarily use the ins except for a physical appt there should be some reimbursment to that employee. the insurance carriers are the ones making all the profit and claim to have to increase premiums for shortfalls because they get sued and have to dish out. Not right. Wheres the shortfall???

        1. Gladys5215G November 18, 2012

          There is no shortfall. You have just to keep paying so they can keep all their perks going. Who’s going to pay for all those houses and yacht? Pension, salary and bonus? Come on. It’s coming off our backs, it’s what started the 99%. Who do you think are the 1% anyway? Those that own the banks, the oil companies, the insurance companies, and Pharma/hospitals. These should be non profit. These are fundamental basics we as citizens need to function daily. But when profit goes into the mix, it’s over, hence 99% vs. 1%.

          1. bcarreiro November 19, 2012

            this is why the 1% stays 1% no room for advancement.

          2. Gladys5215G November 19, 2012


          3. SpaceIckie3200 February 23, 2013

            You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

  5. truther4u November 16, 2012

    Don’t flatter them with a comment; just BOYCOTT THEM – – NOW! They are part- and- parsell, of what’s wrong with the Country. Just another example of the Rich attacking the Middle Class and Poor.

    1. Gladys5215G November 17, 2012

      Absolutely, big businesses are not giving the rest of us an opportunity. We’re a big country, everyone should have an opportunity if they are willing to work for it.

  6. jerrimyers November 16, 2012

    Boycott and make a point to spend your money at their competitors’ places of business. They have no respect for the people who are the whole reason their businesses are successful. And I wouldn’t be surprised if all of the businesses say they are a Christian business. What a hoot.

    1. KartofflMuter November 16, 2012

      Boycott-and boycott Dumbo Donald (Let’s storm the Whitehouse) as well.)

      1. Darci Stengle November 18, 2012

        We tossed the ties and the watch on 11/6/12, got new Harley watch and Jeoffry Beene ties, phuque the Donald.

  7. chisolm November 16, 2012

    When will people learn the simple fact that corporations don’t pay taxes? Taxes are paid by consumers, corporations can only raise prices or reduce overhead in order to maintain a reasonable profit margin. No profit, no company! People don’t start companies so they can hire people and give the profit to government, they start companies to make a living. Others work for companies to make a living. When government intrudes both companies and workers suffer.

    1. awakenaustin November 16, 2012

      Taxes to the extent taxes are actually paid by a corporation (it is an open question) are paid on profits. The idea, irrationally believed, is that the “market” will dictate a reasonable and “inelastic” price for the product. The “market” will dictate other things such as reasonable wages and reasonable salaries for management and owners (this is a crock of course). So, if “market” is doing its job per the theory (which it never really does) then profits would be excess, i.e., a windfall of sorts. The owners get to keep this, except for some small percentage they may pay in a corporate tax. The tax of course is designed to help allow the government to pay for armies, navies, roads, dams, railroads, public education, maybe healthcare for the public generally (thus providing a healthy workforce), deliver the mail, and do a lot of other things which help pacify the work force and otherwise provide stability to the economy and the society. Corporate taxes and personal income taxes are designed to spread the cost of doing all those things which everyone including owners benefit from. Corporations and their owners benefit enormously from all the heavy lifting governments, at all levels, do. Now I understand that like every other greedy bastard who ever walked the earth owners would like to avoid paying their share. They would like to keep all the profit they have attained by getting me to pay more for something than it cost to produce. (If I didn’t pay more for it than it cost, then there wouldn’t be any profit.) They would like me to pay the entire cost of those things which have contributed so much in making them successful. What owners wish for is a return to the 19th century. To the extent that workers have made progress in this nation it has been through their efforts and the government’s, it has never been a result of the good will and the thoughtful progressive nature of owners. No one is saying owners shouldn’t make a profit. No one is saying owners shouldn’t obtain the benefit of their labor. (Shareholders, of course, don’t labor they invest. Thank God for Prostestantism which helped get rid of the idea that loaning money and charging interest on it was a sin.) Mostly, folks are saying owners should pay a share in the whole thing. Maybe and not unreasonabilty the more you benefit the more you should pay. The pennies in taxes owners pay on a dollar saves them money in the long run and allows them to make more in the future. They just don’t want to pay any of the bill. You have apparently bought into the rap. These are crocodile tears they are crying. I have this question. A man walks up to you and says here is an opportunity for you to get $100,000.00 dollars free and clear (profit!), but after you get the $100,000.00 (profit) you have to give away $30,000.00. What do you say? According to you and Grover Norquist the correct answer is to say no, because it seems zero dollars is better than $70,000.00. When we begin to move into the millions and billions of dollars the proposition becomes more absurd. You don’t turn down a billion dollars because you only get to retain $700,000,000.00. Besides when your tax guys get finished you are givng back far less than $300,000,000.00.

  8. Velma Crichton November 16, 2012

    How about Americans boycotting these companies ??? I am sure that when they are forced to pay part of the unemployment rates they will see what a big mistake they are making.

  9. Mimi2kool November 16, 2012

    Denny’s, Papa John’s Pizza, and Applebees-three restaurant chains that won’t make any money from me in the forseeable future. I don’t have any dealings with Aetna to begin with, nor do I buy coal, so I cannot stop doing business from companies I don’t deal with to begin with.

    1. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

      Hey MIMI i bet your local power company uses coal…tell them you want to make sure they are not buying from Murry.

  10. turtlewoman1039 November 16, 2012

    So incredibly glad that I don’t do business with ANY of these creeps.

    I find it interesting that they are so incensed about the ACA costs to THEM. However, it’s apparently just fine if their employees don’t earn enough to afford what is currently available for health insurance thus leaving them to work through an illness that should keep them at home (Would you like some flu with your pizza?) or compelled to turn to the local ER for urgent care, so that the cost is borne by TAXPAYERS.

  11. ladyj November 16, 2012

    I understand what the c corporation is saying but they are just sore looser. I wonder if they did give medical insurance for their employees. how do they know it will hurt them. If they care about their employees like they suppose to then they should not be acting like babies. Why don’t we chip in and by they a pacifier and diapers.

  12. Richard Stewart November 16, 2012

    Someone has to pay for the PPACA. Those people are the business owners whose bottom line will be reduced. It just makes sense that prices would need to rise to make up the difference. Barring that, they go out of business and not only don’t the employees get health insurance, they are out of a job as well.

    1. johninPCFL November 16, 2012

      Sure, if the free market doesn’t work. If it does and they raise their prices, the customers go to the next guy down the street.

    2. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

      The point is Richard papa lives on an estate with his OWN 18 hole golf course and is GIVING away 2 million pizzas as an add gig…at say 10 bucks a pop if sold his add gig cost 20 million but the employees who get to stand there waiting for someone to order a free pizza get minimum wage and no benefits. he is saying that for $.15 per pie he could insure his entire work force but he doesn’t and won’t because then he could only have a 9 hole private golf course….do you see the disconnect??? his employees actually do the work that makes him rich…they can’t afford to take their kid to the dentist and it would cost him $.15 per pie to change that but he won’t INSTEAD he will cut their hours so he doesn’t have to insure them.

      That’s not business that’s GREED and it is killing america…you know when they say the 50s were great…you know when they talk about good old days…do you know that the average CEOs salary was 3-20 times greater than the average employee?? guess what it is now 800-1200 times that of the average employee, and they don’t pay taxes…cute.

  13. nobsartist November 16, 2012

    I predict that all 5 of these jackass’s will be out of a job over the next year.

    1. no Pappa Johns Pizza
    2. no Applebees
    3. no Denny’s or Dairy Queen
    4. no Aetna
    5. no coal from murray

    1. neece00 November 16, 2012

      I will be boycotting these businesses. I know I just one little person and I may not make that big of a difference, but it is the principal.

      I live in a red state and when the raises were presented this week, we all got 1.5 percent which is not much considereing in the past we were all given 2 or 3 percent. They will never say it is because of the election, buy my gut feeling tells me that’s the reason for the low amount.

      1. Revcarrie November 16, 2012

        You may consider yourself “one” but look what the combination of our “one” status did to re-lection Pres. Obama with $3, 5 and 10 dolars at a time when these characters put their owner’s money out of the businesses up for bids with Romney and we won. Now, all of the “only one” people will link arms and our dollars and and very decivively say “NO THANKS ” to these temper tantrums.

    2. CPANewYork November 16, 2012

      I like your ideas, but how do you boycott a coal company?

      1. elderglo1 November 16, 2012

        I live and worked in the coal country and they desecrated land , people and took their money and left after they had “taken” all they could. They left disease ,soot and hollowed out hills.Anything they are doing is what they were going to do anyway and we have a Republican Gov. who is friendly to them. They are bullies and they need to go the way of the market forces. See if they can go to China or any of the other countries where they can be nationalized when their leaders change. Mr. Murray has not even maintained safety standards in his mines. I’m anticipating wind,soler and other alternative energy sources I love how technology has changed our lives and We can say no.

    3. Bill November 16, 2012

      let’s be serious about the 1st 3 companies on your list. They are not high skilled jobs so these companies can get away with hiring part-timers. I didn’t know about Aetna and Murray’s coal business was decreasing anyway. This is just a chest banging on the part of these owners. As a NYC’er I would go near a Papa John’s pizza there are too many locally owned pizza place to choose from. As for Denny’s and Applebees I hope a boycott show them the light.

  14. Adolf Hipster November 16, 2012

    Papa John’s pizza sucks anyway.

  15. Jacqui November 16, 2012

    I really wish I could boycott them, but I don’t eat at Denny’s (their food is crap) and the only thing I enjoy in Papa John’s pizza is the crust dipped in the garlic butter. But I’m sure I can make that if i tried.

  16. Richard Zicarelli November 16, 2012

    papa johns can give away 1 million pizza but can,t pay for health care for his own people i will never buy his pizza again and spent 2 million on commerical for super bowl papa john u are a pieace of shit in my book

    1. fivepercnt November 16, 2012

      I agree

    2. Al November 16, 2012

      You are so right, he’s part of the extreme right cry babies. Too bad mittens, America has spoken! I never liked your pizza and now I have an even better reason not to like it. You are puke!

    3. Jerri L Newsome November 16, 2012

      im with u agreed

      1. Joe Vendetti November 18, 2012

        Your all stupid. This is what happens when an anti-business communist president gets 8 years. Reap your rewards TARDS

        1. Calvin John Day November 18, 2012


    4. firefire1 November 16, 2012

      I agree with you guys. Boycott Papa John’s and anyone wit similar thoughts. Just another of example of a greedy, power hungry Rich person. I’ve got mine syndrome, screw helping anyone else.

      1. SpaceIckie3200 February 23, 2013

        >calls him a greedy power hungry Rich person
        >he has given away 2 million pizzas
        What have you done?

    5. Joshua November 17, 2012


    6. Stephanopolis November 18, 2012

      They are giving 2 million away

    7. Brandon Sander November 18, 2012

      2 million pizzas. Forbes estimated the cost of the givaway between $28 – $32 million compared to the cost of Obamacare between $5 – 8 million.

  17. Richard Zicarelli November 16, 2012

    his wings are that good never eat there again loser

  18. neece00 November 16, 2012

    Isn’t there some kind of law that is being violated here. Where is the investigation?

  19. William Armstrong November 16, 2012

    Here are five more supporters of Snitt Romney who I am sure claim to be fine upstanding christians. They are the reasons the Republican Party is in the toilet.

  20. Steve Kingsley November 16, 2012

    To Restaurateur John Metz:
    They have 3 choices actually. They can also NOT GO TO DENNY’S.

  21. Richard Zicarelli November 16, 2012

    applebee is fast food with a table lets not eat there see how his smart ass looks at the bottom line

  22. Richard Zicarelli November 16, 2012


  23. Frederick Stegemiller November 16, 2012

    these ceo s need 2 wakeup they arent running peoples lives the majority has spoken people mainly women r sick @ tired of being told what 2 do with their body some peoples ancesters left england and started this country over religious persecution in england its time for the catholic church 2 clean their own doorstep with their preists over their ruining little boys lives the church has known about it 4 yrs i dont agree with abortion but it isnt my body it is up 2 the woman she has 2 live with it also nothing wrong with birth control maybe if more people used it we wouldnt be over populated in the world we need 2 take time 2 help people instead of harming them money is the root of all evil big business is all about that they cant take it with them

  24. Robert M November 16, 2012

    If there was any doubt left about the right wings real agenda these assholes have erased it. So forget my business and the business of my family and friends. Businesses that treat employees as political pawns don’t need my money and the shouldn’t get anyone elses either.

  25. BDD1951 November 16, 2012

    How about these people cutting their own salaries. Oh, I forgot, they can’t do that. They have to have their multi-million dollar mansions.

    1. neece00 November 16, 2012

      That is so true, if you google the salary of the Aetna CEO, he made 72 million in 2011. These types of salaries are just criminal.

    2. Gladys5215G November 17, 2012

      Of course, why do you think hospitals, insurance companies, banks, and oil are privately owned! Ahh the 1%.

  26. William Deutschlander November 16, 2012

    I guess these morons never heard about DEMOCRACY and MAJORITY RULE!

  27. Gloria Hall Foster November 16, 2012

    My family will never purchase pizza or any of the other “goodies” from Papa John’s anymore. He is disgraceful. Reminds me of a little, mean boy that did not get his way. Wake up, man! Quit giving away 2 million pizzas if you are in dire straits and what about all the advertizing you do.


  28. howa4x November 16, 2012

    Now there ia a devout Christian if I ever saw one

  29. howa4x November 16, 2012

    This is a man who ordered 8.5 million people be dropped from the rolls of the insured because Wall st downgraded his stock before Obama care was in place.

  30. joseph November 16, 2012

    I know that these are difficult times for many people who can’t find a job. I would like to see a majority of these workers tell these neanthertal business owners that they could take your low paying jobs and shove them where the sun don’t shine.

  31. Lynaria Evony November 16, 2012

    Boycott these establishments and go somewhere else. Let the know that no one can take away the Ameican people’s right to vote for whom they want

  32. 1duffem6 November 16, 2012

    Papa Johns pizza will not be missed,does anyone remember real pizza made mostly in north,that faded away by cutting quality, Papa will blow away with insane greed hurting innocent workers as usual-way to go gGOP wackos! Don’t let this scare you for they are much too greedy to follow through on most threats that will kill the cash-cow!

  33. Debbie Kiesel-Ryan November 16, 2012

    OK, Papa Johns has crappy pizza, Murray is a greedy pig hiding behind GOD to be even more greedy, as for Metz haven’t been to Denny’s in a long time and don’t miss plus we don’t have a Hurricane’s so I don’t think I’m missing anything, won’t visit Applebee’s in New York when I go there, and last but not least Bertolini’s Aetna was the worst insurance company I ever had the displeasure of dealing with. Bye Bye Pigs, your people can get a job with real human beings who are not so greedy, you have to answer to GOD for your greed!!!!!!

  34. Justin Paulk November 16, 2012

    How is this any different from the price of tomatoes going up? We(as the consumers) are passed these extra expenses every time there is a bad crop year. I will be honored to pay an extra $.14 per pizza(not that it will be from Papa Johns)to have my fellow americans not be one accident away from bankrupcy!

    1. johninPCFL November 16, 2012

      Sure, as long as the free market doesn’t work. That’s the ONLY way to pass costs through to customers. If you adjust the price, competitors notice and swoop in, and customers move to the new lower-cost provider.

  35. NINA_2_KK November 16, 2012

    these people are in position to help a lot of people but just hurt people out of spite. shame on them

  36. rippper November 16, 2012

    I don’t like his pizza anyway.

  37. rippper November 16, 2012

    I don’t go to Denny’s or Dairy Queen. But typical of rich assholes to take their loss out on their employees.

  38. rippper November 16, 2012

    I will not be going to Applebee’s anymore. Another rich asshole owns it.

  39. Melvin Chatman November 16, 2012

    Papa Johns Pizza – Crap
    Applebees – Crap
    Dennys / Dairy Queen – Racist Crap
    Aetna / Crappy Coverage
    Murray – Sissy
    There are some very “Bright and Intelligent” Graduates who could replace these Clowns anyway, but for now, they are just “PUNKS”

  40. rippper November 16, 2012

    Yeah, you know how to respond alright. Hit the average working man til he’s down and then hit him again. Crawl under your rock, asshole.

  41. Ford Truck November 16, 2012

    I had a Papa Johns Pizza once. It sucked and I won’t get getting any more!

  42. rippper November 16, 2012

    Time to take those good guy image ads off television. You’re just an asshole Schnatter. Never liked your pizzas anyway. Domino’s, now that’s a pizza.

    1. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

      Bian capital owns dominos…and the guy who used to own it has moved on the fund right wing catholic political pacs

      1. rippper November 16, 2012

        Well, I just quit buying Domino’s pizzas too!

  43. SibyllasStuff November 16, 2012

    Learn to cook at home – it probably is much healthier in the first place. I can’t afford the pre-election prices at these places anyways. Bertolini, what kind of a tyrannical schmuck are you? Spending 7 million of the corporate funds? Boycott, boycott, boycott.

    1. CPANewYork November 16, 2012

      Isn’t it illegal for corporations to deduct political contributions?

      1. Gladys5215G November 17, 2012

        I don’t believe so. It’s like giving money to charity.

        1. CPANewYork November 17, 2012

          My question was rhetorical. No one can deduct political contributions on their tax returns.

  44. rippper November 16, 2012

    How do these guys sleep at night, knowing that they hurt so many? Oh, I forgot. Assholes always sleep well knowing that have screwed someone over. Typical of the rich.

    1. Jim Myers November 17, 2012

      George the Second made the comment once that he sleeps just fine.

      I probably would also, if I had rich parents and family friends that always bailed me out when I screwed up another business.

      Bankrupting the entire United States, all 50 States, then most of the entire world was just icing on the cake.

  45. Carol Stoughton November 16, 2012

    They will be dammed, I could care less about Pappa Johns, tell him to save money on his advertising expenses, so I wont buy from him or Appleby”s and they are not so good anyway,and Aetna, they made billions over the years, whatever they sell, insurance, folks go elsewhere, and the electric guy, folks get gas or coal,. There are more snakes in the woodpile, (market place) who played dastardly donations against Obama, but THEY LOST. You see, the greedy eventually get taken down. Pappa you will loose., and so will the others. Pappa John, how much do you pay in football T.V. ads……????You could afford not to spend on your employees ???? and as far as collecting fourteen cents more on your pizza, I will go elsewhere and not to a chain, but will go to the little guy who makes a real Pizza.

  46. Robin O'Brien November 16, 2012

    Note the color of their skin and the location of their third leg?!!!…..
    I’m taking my business elsewhere!

  47. phantomoftheopera November 16, 2012

    i wonder how much these CEOs are having to cut their own salaries? will they be giving up one of their houses, a couple of cars? maybe forego one of their vacations or stay somewhere cheaper?

    i’m betting the answer is: NO

  48. pszymeczek November 16, 2012

    I can’t wait until a customer get sick from being served by a sick employee and just sues the crap out of Schnatter and the other restaurant owners.

  49. Siamak November 16, 2012

    Let us stay with our working class people and boycott companies that they take their frustrations against their own employees. This is a shame!!!

  50. cliffb47 November 16, 2012

    1. Don’t worry John Schnatter, will never order your pizza again.
    2. Will research everything John Murray is involved with, and boycott.
    3. John Metz, will stop patronizing Denny’s and Dairy Queen altogether and hopefully will
    help him to lose his franchise.
    4. Same with Zane Tankel, see how long he can retain his franchise.
    5. Aetna’s Mark Bertolini just seems to be certifiable. Start switching insurance carriers
    and see how long he continues as their CEO.

    Again just one person, but has to start somewhere.

  51. CPANewYork November 16, 2012

    This is the first picture I’ve seen of this guy. He looks like a prick.

  52. CPANewYork November 16, 2012

    This guy is a real scumbag.

  53. Ed November 16, 2012

    Of course Mr. Metz overlooked one other choice his customers could make, EAT SOMEWHERE ELSE! And people try to tell me theseguys are “Leaders”.

  54. Elisabeth Gordon November 16, 2012

    …or they can eat elsewhere ya dimwit!

  55. Elisabeth Gordon November 16, 2012

    thank God my son’s father pays for his insurance…(through Aetna) because if the funds were coming from my pocket, I would switch insurance companies quicker than you can say “kiss my arse Bertonlini!”

    1. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

      see if you can get him to switch to a different company.

  56. CPANewYork November 16, 2012

    I love the reaction of these elitist bastards. The election didn’t go their way, so they’re going to take their marbles and leave.

    I say good. Let them leave and don’t ever come back.

  57. ouarch51 November 16, 2012

    Good for Papa John…that’s where I’m buying my pizzas from now on..

    1. Adolf Hipster November 16, 2012

      Hey, let’s all eat shitty pizza because their CEO did something stupid!

    2. Cairndance November 16, 2012

      So when Papa John’s doesn’t provide healthcare for employees, and they come to work sick, and sneeze on you, and you get sick, you won’t even care! Afterall, his employees aren’t the reason that he’s making billions every year, it’s because the pizza is soooo good!

      He’s able to give away a million FREE pizza, but providing health care for employees, that is beyond the pale!

      This doesn’t even kick in until 2014!
      Possibly by 2014 he won’t have any employees (or pizza) to worry about?

      Have a good day ouarch51, stay well, you probably have health insurance!

  58. wackyjacket November 16, 2012

    In each instance, there are companies who don’t feel the need to punish their workers; so, I think we should identify those who want to throw tantrums and just take our money to those companies who show they actually value their employees. I hope every one of those spoiled brats sees an erosion of their profits. and it won’t be because of The Affordable Health Care Act, it will be because they are such jerks.

  59. Jerrold L. Heidenreich November 16, 2012

    There are many reasons to boycott these five CEO’s but two stand out from all the rest. 1. They are right wing douche nozles and 2. They’re acting like spoiled brats. I’m especially disappointed in Applby’s ” The hometown restaurants” My family and I have spent a lot of money at these restaurants over the years and that will stop immediately. Papa John in addition to being a douche nozzle, Your pizza sucks. Denny’s always was a joke and now I know why. Aetna? I wonder what your shareholders will do when they find out how much of their money you pissed away on all your losers. I’m sure the Dean of the online ‘Karl Rove school of campaign funds management’ grades you out with an A+. The other one is just an asshole.

  60. Printer Bowler November 16, 2012

    This guy is creepy. He should be throwing his tantrum all over the bathroom mirror, not his employees.

  61. Ken November 16, 2012


  62. Printer Bowler November 16, 2012

    He might be surprised that even people who eat low-grade, toxic junk food like Denny’s could see he’s spiting customers just to spite Obama. Makes you really feel respected doesn’t it? If I saw that message on a menu, it’s the last time I’d ever go there.

    1. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

      We should get a bunch of people who live there to go in …look at the menu…and go to the manager with a formal complaint and leave without ordering anything…but tip the server for bringing water on time.

  63. Robert G November 16, 2012

    Not going to a Denny’s or Dairy Queen is the consumer’s way of supporting President Obama’s health care policies. There are other places to spend our money.

  64. John Willox November 16, 2012

    Boycott or not – the mentality of this sort of business is what will take them down. Of course we should practice our preferences just like these CEOs are theirs, but make no mistake, this will take their businesses down.

  65. feeeo November 16, 2012

    I just found out that I don’t need Papa John Pizza, Denny or Applebee fastfood, or Aetna insurance. Thank the Lord there are competitors to them. Let’s hear it for the free enterprise system (and boycotts, too).

  66. KellyBoyle November 16, 2012

    Unfortunately there are many more companies that are firing people. I believe they purposely are going to try to drive up unemployment in an effort to blame Obama and win back seats in two years , the so called Christian party. I hope the actual Christians wake up and start voting democrat like they used to, all the way up to the 70’s when Roe v Wade became a polarizing issue bc Republicans saw something they could use to attack some votes. Before that all Christians were for fair pay, unions, environment and on and on

  67. KellyBoyle November 16, 2012

    Unfortunately there are many more companies that are firing people. I believe they purposely are going to try to drive up unemployment in an effort to blame Obama and win back seats in two years , the so called Christian party. I hope the actual Christians wake up and start voting democrat like they used to, all the way up to the 70’s when Roe v Wade became a polarizing issue bc Republicans saw something they could use to attract some votes. Before that all Christians were for fair pay, unions, environment and on and on

    1. Gladys5215G November 17, 2012

      If they do, we will be that close to a civil war. I don’t believe the middle class can hold on for one more month let alone 2 years.

  68. Revcarrie November 16, 2012

    I would like to add another company to these. Our friend worked at Mc Donald’s. She was scheduled on the at 5 am BUT could not clock in until the shift supervior came into at 5:30 am as a “NEW” policy. She had to put in 30 minutes without pay every day so she changed jobs! Watch for more of these tricks and keep an eye on Walmart as well…..more to come there as well. Talk to your friends and employees from these two companies, you will see even more things happening to the employees. It is called “Romneyism” the NEW religion of the right.

    1. Del WS November 17, 2012

      Forcing an employee to work “off the clock” is illegal. I hope your friend reported it.

      1. Revcarrie November 17, 2012

        Yes, I know. This is why the Republicans want the unions busted. Our friend changed jobs because she saw the “handwriting on the wall” at Mc Donald’s and is not a teenager or have children still at home. She left and went to the Dollar Store where, as we found out, she took the position of another friend of ours, coincidently, who is off on maturity leave. The chances are VERY good our friend, the new mother, is not going to be accepted back after her maturity leave. She is Hispanic, poor and “under educated” and without transportation. She is legally here along with her husband and another son…..however….that doesn’t change the circumstances and prejudices from happening.

        I’ve never seen so much childish hatred and revenge as I have seen already because Romney and the rich dared lose the election they thought they had bought. To see and hear it on capitol hill has become common place now but this is on main street BIG time now already.
        Carrie Larson

  69. Sand_Cat November 16, 2012

    So really, what’s new about this?

    Celebrity worship and excessive respect for and deference to those who make lots of money didn’t start in 2012, and this is the inevitable result. These guys – like Mitt Romney – know that they have to answer to no one: in most cases they get performance “bonuses” even when they don’t perform, and when in the rare case they actually get fired,their “severance” makes it like winning the mega-millions power-ball jackpot. And then they often get hired by another company!

    And of course the boards consisting of other CEOs point out that they have no choice, that they have to honor contracts – except of course union contracts – and they’re “independent,” obediently elected by docile stockholders on the recommendation of “management,” who also nominated them.

  70. RedRacer1999 November 16, 2012

    Stingy man. Making millions from the work his employees do and wants to cut them loose if they get sick by refusing to help them with health care. Guess a big mansion and numerous cars and toys aren’t enough.

  71. Cairndance November 16, 2012

    I think we need to remember that “Healthcare For All” prevents uninsured people from waiting until they are almost beyond help, and then using the Emergency Room! We all pay for ER visits!

    The rest of the civilized world seems to understand the need for health care for all, what is wrong with America? Actually it seems that only the Republicans seem to object!

  72. Lilly November 16, 2012

    Reply to CPANewYork….sign every petition out there for alternative energy sources!!

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  74. 1AmericanHoney27 November 16, 2012

    Well Bertolini n the other 4 asshats don’t realize that they’re not holding all the cards. Hell they don’t even possess a good hand….While they have some control 90 days of boycotts should fix their little red wagons…. Yes one could say I’m old school n I believe in fight fire with fire… In the latter 60’s – 70’s if we wanted changes we boycotted n protested…. Do these fools not realize “We the People ” helped their companies rise just as easy as we can make them fall…. I say Boycott them n take control back of our Beautiful country…. They will cave or loose what they’ve got…. We’ve got the Power!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. batavier November 16, 2012

    NO Papajohns-ANYTHING for our family EVER AGAIN!

  76. batavier November 16, 2012

    NO to all Mr. Metz’s stores – until he undoes his un-christian and un-American measures!

    1. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

      PEOPLE…the competitors are no better…dominos is owned by Bain capital…Just support local family owned businesses….they live in your community..they buy from your stores…they send their kids to your schools …they pay taxes to your towns and cities…this is how WE THE PEOPLE BUILD OUR ECONOMY. DON’T TRUST SOME FACELESS MANAGEMENT FIRM THAT RUNS 6 CHAINS OF CRAP SHACKS TO DO IT RIGHT. You do it for yourselves. We can choose to build an economy based on locally sourced ingrediants, farm fresh produce, the whole ball of wax is in our hands! If 60 million voters can agree then 60 million plus their kids can get into gardening with the First Lady. 60 MILLION plus their kids can go to farmer’s markets, patronize local restraunts, learn who it is that produces their food and where it comes from.

      This is all super easy stuff…just say no to the overly convenient fast food/ boxed dinner/ microwave culture. You’ll be healthier, your kids will be healthier, our nation will be stronger and evil corporations will be dead and gone.

  77. batavier November 16, 2012

    Hey folks, Applebee’s is NOT the only one with good food….

  78. batavier November 16, 2012

    Let’s cut these “Little Caesars'” DOWN TO SIZE!

    Take your business to his competitors!

  79. orangeman65 November 16, 2012

    Waaaah! The black guy was re-elected and I wasted my money on a whack ass Republican who didn’t get elected! Waaaah! Grow up and get the hell over it! Those CEOs of these companies have never heard of being sued for power harassment! If they think they are upset because Obama was reelected; just wait until a group of employees take their asses to court and sue them for power harassment! HPHLMAO!

  80. douglas November 16, 2012

    Thanks for this article. I just learned the restaurants where I will not be dining. No employer
    has the right to tell his employees for whom to vote. I say boycott these restaurants and go to
    the competitor’s place. Then the restaurants will not be making money but it will not be Obama’s
    fault. It will be the restaurant owner’s fault.

  81. Jim Myers November 16, 2012

    Metz will reduce the hours of all employees to under 30 hours per week to avoid paying for medical care.


    If the Democrats don’t place a FULL PAGE AD describing this despicable practice, they deserve the wrath of the voters during the next election.

  82. Jim Myers November 16, 2012

    If I were the CEO of one of Aetna’s competitors, I would place full page ads Nationwide offering to hire anyone fired by Aetna, at the same or higher wage that they are making now.

    Then, I would ask all of the new hires to call at least one new potential customer every day to invite them to bring their business to a place that appreciates both their customers and their employees.

    1. Gladys5215G November 17, 2012

      And I would get rid of insurance altogether.

  83. Jim Myers November 16, 2012

    It is one thing to spend $7 Million of your own money for political purposes.

    However, using corporate funds for that purpose, EVEN THOUGH IT IS LEGAL, just plain smells like HOG S**T!!!!!

  84. oschlaug November 16, 2012

    His pizza tastes terrible. Will have no problem avoiding his operations. Yuck!

  85. MarkC November 16, 2012

    Just remember whether you are actually a Believer or not, one day we will all reap what we sow!

  86. oschlaug November 16, 2012

    Robert Murray is a low life! He should be left to dig his coal from his own black hole.

  87. Melvin Miller November 16, 2012

    Boycott is the answer to those business owners who cannot accept the results of the election. The American people have spoken.

  88. oschlaug November 16, 2012

    How much money does Metz want? What State would want his restaurants?

  89. Robert Grafton November 16, 2012

    I will boycott Papa Johns and Applebee’s as well. Used to be my favorite pizza, won’t go there anymore if this is the owner’s attitude.

    Anyone who supports American workers should boycott these companies. Yes Obama won re-election, fair and square, but its in no ones best interest to take it out on your employees just because your guy lost.

  90. oschlaug November 16, 2012

    Never before have I heard a sadder story than Tankel’s.

    I have sent a donation to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy! But no Tankel.

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  92. LaneD November 16, 2012

    I wonder how many people that criticize business owners for their decisions have ever started and ran a successful business and actually hired employees, paid employees, and paid for their benefits.?
    It’s real easy to criticize. Try running a successful business in this economic climate. Let’s see what you choose to do.

    1. Justin Napolitano November 16, 2012

      Well. is the answer to running a successful business trying to take as much from your employees as you can? Is the answer to have people that are not dedicated to your company because you are not dedicated to them? Should a successful company be measured by how much money it puts in its own pocket while its employees have trouble putting food on the table. It is time we start thinking about the middle class and how we can elevate their standard of living instead of thinking of new ways to screw them. Eventually, Papa Johns and others may find that the people that can afford their pizza’s and products no longer exists.

    2. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

      Why not get behind someone who is actually trying to change the business climate??? all mitt was gonna do is trickle down bullshit…and yeah I have started, built up and operated 3 successful business and sold them at a profit. but I had a nice little shop running fine when Bush took over and by 2008 I was broke and in debt. 2012 back to making over 100k/year….climate is great if you are willing to inovate.

    3. Del WS November 17, 2012

      Providing health insurance for employees also provides a tax deduction for the employer. If you cannot afford the cost of outside employees, maybe you should keep employment within your family. I’ve known more than one successful small business run strictly by relatives. There’s also the option of finding an insurance pool to become part of which would provide lower premiums. There are ways to cut costs without penalizing the employees who may very well determine whether your business does or doesn’t succeed.

  93. oschlaug November 16, 2012

    I know that Rick Scott’s company paid $1.7 billion in fines for fraudulent Medicare claims. Maybe it is time to investigate Mr. Bertolini and Aetna.

    1. Justin Napolitano November 16, 2012

      Rick Scott should be in Leavenworth not Tallahassee. He is a known crook and tried, with all his might, to prevent voting in Florida. He should go suck on a spoiled egg.

      1. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

        That’s not what he’d be sucking in Levenworth.

    2. Gladys5215G November 17, 2012

      Medicine should be a non profit organzation. Pay the doctors, pay the nurses, pay for your equipment and it’s upkeep………………….THAT’S IT!

  94. Dolores Bertrand November 16, 2012

    Good! Their un-American-ness makes it easy to tell them “bye–bye” and give my business to their competitors!

  95. Gary Guerti November 16, 2012

    This reminds of the kid that said he would take his bat and leave if he could not play third base. The rest of us pitched in and bought our own bat. Never saw that kid again, really never missed that little brat.

  96. KartofflMuter November 16, 2012

    Mitten’s dad ran for Pres until-OOPs-dad was revealed to have been born in Mexico. Money may buy your car elevators-but it doesn’t change facts. Mitt is the oddest of ducks to bring up that issue. Mitt’s greatgrandfather practiced Polygamy. He is ,in fact a something or other cousin with another prominent other politician who also ran for Pres. in 2008. The both shared the same greatgrandfather. Mitt had him banned from the Republican convention. He seemed like a much nicer more amiable Republican-the kind I would say,the day after the election,”well,he isn’t my choice,but I still trust him.” But the Krook Brothers always throw their money behind a weak puppet who takes orders well. The relative,if you care to look it up,was Jon Huntsman,Governor of Utah.

  97. Gladys5215G November 16, 2012

    There’s not going to be any business to be saved here before long. Reason is too many insurances. You think if Papa John’s paid out health insurance to all his employees plus workers comp, plus liability plus supplies, plus profit you’d be paying what you pay for a pie? I’m not a republican, I voted for Obama and I am a business owner but I can see where he’s coming from. It’s probably not as expensive to give away 1 million pies vs ongoing insurance premiums for all those employees. Sad isn’t it? I am barely able to maintain my business due to all the insurances, the higher cost of doing anything at my office. There’s no room for profit in the end, not if I want customers. Customers can’t pay because the price is too high so buy Walmart made in China and Americans can pay. Even that’s gone up in price but nothing like an American company would have to sell it’s products at. It should just be materials, rent/mort., employees and profit. That’s it. But with all that other stuff in between, it’s not going to happen, not in this country.

    1. johninPCFL November 16, 2012

      Odd. After ACA was passed, BCBS introduced a new program that was MUCH cheaper than United ($24k per year cheaper) and we moved to it.

  98. dee ranieri November 16, 2012

    Glad I never liked his pizza anyway.

  99. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

    We need to boycott these people…we need to circulate petitions and really get a movement built to help the employees and seriously bankrupt these friggen assholes. You know little mom and pop restraunts could spring up all over and make better food and treat their employees like people not numbers. It would be great if there was a back to school initiative to hire these people, and the coal miners should unionize and just walk out altogether…all of them at every mine that isn’t union….just walk out and let the CEOs eat lumps of coal.

    Oh and just a shout out to jerri…we need to be really careful about their compeditors too…the best businesses to support are the small family owned and operated LOCAL businesses. Then the money spent stays in our communities and WE develope OUR economy instaed of trusting a CORP to do it for us. WE coould put McD’s BK, pizza hut, etc. all of the corporate chains out of business. It’s happening everywhere and small family owned businesses are occupying the building and starting nice LOCAL eateries.

    Domnio’s is also singing this song…BTW owned by Bain…

    think how much better it is for everyone if a small neighborhood pizza joint makes a good living and domino’s/papas/pizza hut/little ceasars etc. all just disappear.

  100. sitdownmich November 16, 2012

    What you’re dealing with are Corporations that just see their employees as ‘costs’ or items on the P & L. Their aim is to minimise these pesky ‘costs’ through whatever means necessary – screw the people themselves. It really is a sad indictment of business today…

  101. Jerri L Newsome November 16, 2012

    papas johns pizza sucks anyway i always do pizza hut

  102. Shrapnel5 November 16, 2012

    If these CEOs want to whine about the election and have hissy fits about the outcome , perhaps they should hire Bain Capital and let them figure out a way to help them find a solution on how to pay for Obamacare and they will have Mitt Romney next to them all the time and then they can see first hand what Mitt’s all about and when Bain guts there business and leaves them broke they will really have something to take a tantrum over.

  103. Keith Sullivan November 16, 2012

    Fuck off asshole we have your number now see how well you do with less business.

  104. Keith Sullivan November 16, 2012

    Fuck off asshole we have your number now see how well you do with less business.

  105. Keith Sullivan November 16, 2012

    Fuck off asshole we have your number now see how well you do with less business.

  106. Keith Sullivan November 16, 2012

    Fuck off asshole we have your number now see how well you do with less business.

  107. BennyCa November 16, 2012

    Keep in mind, those with no health insurance won’t go to the doctors until they’re really sick, unlike those with insurance. When these really sick people cough on your pizza, what are you getting in addition to the pizza. A long hospital stay perhaps. Papa Johns cares nothing for your health, so stay away!

  108. Justin Napolitano November 16, 2012

    Here are 5 companies I will never do business with. If they lay off their employees they are cutting their own throats. Employees know how to pretend to work and will become even better at it.
    The saying goes: They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.

  109. Justin Napolitano November 16, 2012

    I think it should be a law that all restaurants should have to pay for health insurance and also for sick time. I don’t want to go to a restaurant that potentially has sick people preparing and serving food.

  110. Murray could simply stamp his feet and hold his breath that would be a better approach to get his way for the next election. He should read Gov. Finals assessment of the state of affairs of the GOP. Murray did take the appropriate avenue and recite a prayer before enacting his loathsome deed of firing 156 people, which will now have no form of income and in turn be forced to seek government assistance. This act of stupidity is akin to cutting off your nose to spite your face but in Murray’s case he could at least start the nose removal directly below the chin.
    As far as Papa Johns is concerned, he will get a tax benefit for the 2 million pizzas give-away and eliminate employee benefits by reducing the hours of his employees. What a guy. If Papa Johns is so concerned about Healthcare cost, then they stop adding to the health issues of their customers and stop serving crap. Peyton, get out of the Papa John’s chain while you can. What a pitiful excuse for humankind these individual represent.

  111. northroader1775 November 16, 2012

    hear hear…It’s true..once the dollars are in your hands you can vote for whoever you want over and over and over….vote small ..vote local…vote family owned ..vote with your dollar and if you vote local that dollar stays in your community..that dollar is taxed and those taxes are paid to YOUR towns and cities.

    It’s not hard I haven’t been in a fast food place in 8 years…well i do go in now and then to use the bathroom…but I haven’t eaten there in 8 years…it was only about three weeks until the craving went away…but now years later if someone asks me where McD’s or BK or Carl’s is I can look hem straight in the eye and say “Idon’t know.” I have moved to a new town and I don’t even take note of where these places are, seriously I don’t know and I don’t care.

  112. Dee November 16, 2012

    This Vid and CEO just made sure I will NEVER STEP in AppleBEES AGAIN!!! Play the
    BLAME Game now, you didn’t when BUSH set this all up@! SMUCH!

  113. Robin Rogers November 16, 2012

    The new faces of terrorism, ladies and gentlemen.

  114. Grand1 November 17, 2012

    What an amazing collection of unfeeling pigs. They shoud all be herded onto a truck and taken to the slaughterhouse. Not to be killed but to witness and realize what they actually do besides golf and cigars.

  115. Theresa R November 17, 2012

    PIZZA HUT !!!!!

  116. Theresa R November 17, 2012

    I guess we won’t be going to DENNY’S Anymore !!

  117. Theresa R November 17, 2012

    I don’t like Applebees anyways!! No big loss to my family. I will be telling all of my Union Brothers and Sisters NOT to go here either !!

  118. RebekahSHelzel November 17, 2012

    I will never buy any product from any of these 5 companies every again. I guarantee it!

  119. pattreid November 17, 2012

    These would-be dictators are throwing a hissy fit because they’ve been getting away with murder for the last 30 years, and now they’re p.o.’d because that’s coming to an end. They have no respect whatsoever for the employees who aided in their accumulation of wealth, no sense of responsibility to their workers.

    The corporations just want to remind us who is in charge. They fancy that the person to be in charge is themselves. But, unified, it is ‘we, the people’ who are really in charge. WE can never forget that.

  120. avidamerican November 17, 2012

    I believe these CEOs had already made these decisions before the elections and that the President being re-elected had nothing to do with it. They are just trying to manipulate workers in other industries too. They would have laid off and fired these workers anyway.

  121. mothermills November 17, 2012

    Typical for the Republican reaction, if I do not win I will take my toys and play somewhere else…the GOP needs to grow up…the American people have spoken…it is easy to see what the overall priority for the GOP is and it is definitely not the American people

  122. Del WS November 17, 2012

    What a bunch of idiotic sore losers. And I’ll bet each of these business people would claim to be patriotic and good Christians. They disgust me.

  123. Del WS November 17, 2012

    I read the article and have been reading the comments and thinking. (Some might say that’s a bad combination!) It’s all very well to vent on a Comment Board and to decide to boycott the businesses, which I also intend to do, but if you really want to be more effective, get the addresses of the top tier of those businesses and write them letters. Get your friends and relatives to do the same if they agree that what these jerks are doing is unfair. Addresses are probably on the companies’ websites. Keep the letters “clean” and just let the company leaders know how wrong you feel what’s being done in their name and by their people is and that you can no longer support their products or encourage anyone else to support them. Lots of letters could possibly bring about some “attitude-adjustment.”
    You might also consider starting an online petition to be sent to those in charge. Sometimes more gets accomplished if contact goes directly to the top.

  124. Vardette November 17, 2012

    People fought hard for unions and fare wages and labor laws. It’s time for that fight again.

  125. Vardette November 17, 2012

    People fought hard for unions, fare wages and job security and they got it. That fight needs to happen again. Corporations simply do not care about the welfare of the people or the nation,

  126. JD Adam November 17, 2012

    I worked as a professional sales person most of my career, on straight commission. PEOPLE WILL NOT BUY FROM SOMEONE THEY DON’T LIKE! period. If you don’t like a way a business treats you or the people who serve you, then don’t buy from them. Why should they have business when as a person you’d trow them in jail?!?!

  127. Kevin Schmidt November 17, 2012

    Applebee’s, Papa Johns Pizza, Denny’s and Dairy Queen food, if you can call it food, are all full of toxic crap that makes you fat, dumbs down your brain, gives you cancer, heart disease and diabetes, then puts you in an early grave. Stop eating fast food junk food and get healthy again!

    Besides that, I think that when an employer threatens to fire employees if they don’t vote for a particular candidate or party, then that employer is guilty of voter intimidation.

  128. wyandotoregon November 17, 2012

    All this talk about boycotts but the parking lot at my neighborhood Walmart is overflowing, everywhere I look I see the Nike swoosh and most of my friends have at least one Apple product. If we really got serious about taking action that might be uncomfortable or inconvenient, we might have a chance at making some real change.

  129. docholly November 17, 2012

    No true NYer would be caught dead at Applebee’s anyway..only those being subsidized by Mommy & Daddy in Kansas (Ala Girls) and tourists would go there since they are afraid to leave that Time Square Disney Safe Zone.

  130. Dan Wayment November 17, 2012

    Won’t get my business!

  131. Randy November 17, 2012

    Let the peon’s die so the King may have more Gold!!

  132. George Buzzetti November 17, 2012

    They are all just a bunch of “Fat Cats” who want it all and screw the employees and public. Greed is Good has gone too far. They all want no regulation. I am sorry but we are a top predator and with that if there are no controls the “Top Predators” will take it all from the rest. This is the story of the history of mankind. What else is new. First, we need to put back in place the banking regulations which worked quite well since 1933-36. We need regulations against the fascists, which is what they are. The defination of fascism is corporations running the government and that is what we have had for awhile.

  133. Kennith November 17, 2012

    So i see the billioaries are the new thugs on the block

  134. carleegage November 17, 2012

    We can take Metz advice or we can tell him to kiss our asses and never purchase a thing from him.

  135. David November 17, 2012

    the 3rd Choice would be NOT to eat at Denny’s DUH?

  136. Marcus November 17, 2012

    I will never buy a Papa Johns pizza!

  137. Willnieto57 November 17, 2012

    The remainder of the coal workers should quit as well. Whatever happened to solidarity. Besides they’ll get axed sooner than later anyway and I’m sure the working conditions must be unbearable. Time to grow a spine.

  138. Navy-vet November 17, 2012

    Do Not Boycott these Restaurants!!! That’s what they are hoping, so they have an excuse to lay off more workers. Eat at the restaurants, if the food is yucky conspicuously throw it in the trash can, but be sure to double your tip (and pay in cash).

  139. Navy-vet November 17, 2012

    Do not boycott the restaurants!! Patronize them more than usual, because these psychopaths are hoping for a boycott, giving them an excuse to fire more workers. Order something cheap, if it’s yucky conspicuously toss it in the trash with some nice grumbling or gagging effects, then personally hand the waiter a triple tip in cash. If enough people do this, the psychos will shut their big mouths. As for Aetna, don’t be suckered into getting their expensive insurance, and if your company uses it get up a group to speak with human resources. Some of those managers are really corrupt, but you may have an ally, and I doubt if anyone would be fired for just asking.

  140. Karl Mueller November 18, 2012

    Let’s find out where these fucks live, and do some “occupying”…

  141. Darci Stengle November 18, 2012

    or, WE COULD NOT HERE ARE ALL , and spend our money somewhere else.
    I have never been a fan of Denny’s the bacon is awful and the eggs are always overcooked.

  142. Fred Crown November 18, 2012

    Do these assholes even realize who eats their food ? It ain’t the 1% Douch Bags!

  143. SheShe November 18, 2012

    I haven’t eaten at a Denny’s or Dairy Queen since high school (and party days). My employer doesn’t offer AETNA as an option anymore…thank you!!! Applebee’s received my patronage every blue moon, so no loss there either. Papa Johns, on the other hand, has received a LOT of money from my wallet for personal and business reasons. NOT ANYMORE!!! Like it has been said time and time again, if he can afford to give away a million pizzas, he can afford to keep all his employees exactly where they are AND afford the insurance!!! Greed…it’s all about greed!!!

  144. Andrea Christianson November 18, 2012

    if people would stop buying his pizza he’d learn what his idiotic attitude can cause….

  145. Andrea Christianson November 18, 2012

    @ Metz: You forget a third choice customers have: Not to support a cut-throat employer and eat elsewhere. And yes it may hurt the employees as well but it would should that customers have more choices than you think and won’t be bullied by the likes of you!

  146. Andrea Christianson November 18, 2012

    @Zane Tankel: It is important to take proper care of the employees you already have and not hire more pt- workers with no benefits.

  147. Magda Lohrmann November 18, 2012

    Perhaps Schnatter might have spent more conservatively when supporting a lying asshole’s political campaign that money might have gone a long way toward equitable treatment for his employees. Tax them till they can do business, or afford to attempt to influence elections but not both.

  148. Andrea Christianson November 18, 2012

    @ Bertolini: Ruthless is the only thing that comes to my mind….awful. The people working for you seem to mean NOTHING!

  149. Karen November 18, 2012

    Papa John’s pizza is the nastiest pizza in the world so I didn’t eat it anyway. I will stay out of Applebee’s and I did not pick Aetna during our open enrollment….. This is ridiculous and shows just how the “haves” in our country will throw all of us under the bus to ensure that they get their way….

  150. Karen November 18, 2012

    CEO’s who care about the issues of the people would take a pay cut as a part of the bigger picture but this just shows us that these CEO’s don’t care about anyone but themselves… I have Aetna as my insurance provider and when it came time for open enrollment, I made sure that Aetna was not selected as my provider and I have passed the word along to others as well.

  151. John D. Cox November 18, 2012

    There are not merely 2 choices. He didn’t mention this 3rd choice even though it’s by far the best one: DON’T GO INTO ANY OF HIS ESTABLISHMENTS!

  152. Karen November 18, 2012

    I agree. I have excellent insurance and I would gladly pay extra money through payroll taxes or any other kind of tax to ensure that my fellow Americans who are without healthcare can have access to decent healthcare and not have to suffer.

  153. Kansan November 18, 2012

    Thanks for letting us know where not to eat. I’m sure the service will be much improved with fewer staff making less money.

    Where are the Denny’s franchises in question located?

    Murray coal owners and execs should be in jail for what they’ve done to the miners.

  154. Paul Stefano November 18, 2012

    Well I was thinking of switching my insurance to Aetna but he can pretty much go fuck himself.

  155. Jan Falk November 18, 2012

    They don’t any more evil on earth, than insurance companies, and Aetna is one of the worst so this is no surprise

  156. Paul Stefano November 18, 2012

    Well I was going to switch to Aetna, but he can pretty much go fuck himself.

  157. bassplayer8953 November 18, 2012

    These a s s h o l e s who sit in their ivory towers and ruin poeples lives for something they should be providing anyway are the worst form of scum in this country. Each of them deserve an afterlife in hell: an eternity working for an individual just like them: Satan!

  158. Rick November 18, 2012


  159. Nina Bartoletta November 18, 2012

    Only ever had Aetna Ins through work for one year and they got rid of it because of the company-wide complaints. It really was crummy insurance, covered nothing. I never eat at Applebees or at Poopy Johns, dont have anything to do with Murray Energy. These places will lose enough money then change their tune. The Rightwingers can only eat so much pizza and they dont drink so why go to Applebees. Idiots.

  160. Michelle VonAhn November 18, 2012

    Do none of these idiots realise that they too benefit AS EMPLOYERS from Obamacare? Do they not recognize the benefits of having a healthy workforce? Productivity, attendance, attitude?

  161. Steven Rex November 18, 2012

    i deffinetly dont approve of the way these ceos act or the way that they want to kick the little man but if people dont go to some of these buisnesses it wont hurt them every time if your gonna boycott A restaruant make sure is a corporate store and not a franchise alot of papa johs stores are franchises and may not agree with schnatter himself but if there is a boycott it will hurt franchise owners the most and not the pig headed schnatter

  162. L November 18, 2012

    Traitors to America.

  163. Doug November 18, 2012

    These CEOs are so unAmerican

  164. Lynda Wilson November 18, 2012

    These 5 CEO’s are shooting themselves in the foot, I will never buy any of their products EVER!

  165. Donna McNew November 18, 2012

    We just re-elected our President=Democracy… it seems some in this country suddenly don’t want a Democracy Per our US Constitution, apparently what they want is a One Party Dictatorship.. or maybe a Fascist Theocracy..or maybe a Plutocracy..Sorry that’s not going work out for ya..so I suggest you stop with dirty games and STFU, it is what it is like it or not..you people are not God.

  166. Alonzo Walton November 18, 2012

    Paton Manning should insist that the NFL pull the Papa John’s adds commercials Etc…………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or BOYCOTT THE NFL TO! I LOVE THE NFL BUT PEOPLE NEED TO DRAW THE LINE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  167. Stephanopolis November 18, 2012

    Karl Rove spent hundreds of millions in super pac money trying to make Romney look better than he was. Despite that Romney lost by a wide margin. Romney was clearly the best choice in a field who were blatantly stupid (Bachman, Santorum) or dishonest (Gingrich) or simply not well known enough to trust (Huntsman). So the very best of the party goes out with nearly unlimited resources at his fingertips and gets his butt handed to him. The message is:


    The American people want opportunities for health care, fair taxation across the board, the right to choose, a fair immigration policy. They want a growing middle class. They want the wealthy to pay their fair share,

    In two years Republicans will lose their majority in Congress if they don’t change their tune. Personally, I’m for a balance of power when both parties work together. It’s not on the democrats, it’s on the republicans to change. It’s the republicans who stand to lose what little influence they have left in this country.

    Quit listening to FOX and Rush. #$%$ Morris, Sean Hannity, Limbaugh, Rove and their ilk led you down and path and PROMISED you a win. They LIED about the polls. They convinced you Romney was a sure thing. They are either stupid beyond belief or LIARS. Either way, conservatism took a huge step backward.

    Quit kissing the butts of your fringe lunatic fringe on the right. Come to the table. The dems will meet you half way. You can no longer just say no. You are no longer in a position to take your ball and go home if things aren’t done your way.

  168. slickhorrible November 18, 2012

    It sounds to me like what the Denny’s guy is doing is not actually raising prices but putting on the menu that he did raise prices in hopes that people will tip less. Which actually makes him a bigger piece of shit.

  169. Edward J. Belanger November 18, 2012

    Ah, I KNEW there would be a GOOD reason to NOT carry Aetna Insurance! I mean besides the fact that it has overpriced crappy policies…LOL

  170. Mildred Ortega Calderon November 18, 2012

    The thing is, which employees are they punishing? Did they buy out voter’s records. How do they know who voted for Obama? Are they firing them based on race or skin color?

  171. sam November 18, 2012

    shit to good for john schnatter but i agree richard zicarelli

  172. Jeansees November 18, 2012

    All of these execs are cutting off their noses to spite their own faces… Prejudice and Greedy is their only FAULTS… I say BOYCOTT ALL OF THESE COMPANIES!!! Let them go under if they are this Greedy and Hateful!!! Pizza Hut is Bain corp Owned and they are doing this too… Romney endorsed…

  173. Spirit Led November 18, 2012



    1. Michael Cruise November 18, 2012

      totally ill-informed, reactionary and juvenile comment.

  174. Brian Mccann November 18, 2012

    well it sounds like the obama revolution is working … if these rich people are willing to cut off their noses to spite their face I AM ALL FOR IT!!! less money for the rich and a mom and pop place will pick up the slack…. WE ALL WIN!! boycott boycott boycott!

  175. Dam Spahn November 18, 2012

    These CEO’s are petulant and immature. They will damage their brands in order to satisfy a juvenile urge for vengeance. I will not ever purchase their brands again, ever.

  176. Dam Spahn November 18, 2012

    Thanks, @Aetna. I’ll not forget you gave 7 million to rape loving, women hating Republicans.

  177. diamondmask November 18, 2012

    Bertolini does understand that the upcoming “fiscal cliff” does not involve the debt ceiling doesn’t he? It’s about taxes. Is he that uninformed?

    As far as boycotting restaurants, someone on my page has a simple solution. Cook. Restaurant food is FULL of salt and fat. It’s not much better than fast food. Once in awhile, yeah it’s fine, but I know people that eat out all the time.

    And when you do go to eat out, keep it local, non-chains.

  178. Shane Perryman November 18, 2012

    Again yet another group of people who would graciously take a government bailout but refuse to provide insurance to it employee’s who make them rich!

  179. Rick Heiser November 18, 2012

    I never liked there pizza all that much and now I have a reason to NEVER go there!

  180. Doug Patterson November 18, 2012

    These CEOs are what I like to call American’ts.
    Many service industry businesses such as Poopoo John’s and Crappybees keep the hours of their servers and staff low anyway; they’ve been doing this for years to avoid some of the mandated things like unemployment insurance. Add to that the much lower minimum wage of tipped employees, and they are scamming us even more.
    Aetna is a special case, these guys are like the burglar suing the homeowner for breaking his leg while breaking in.

  181. Pat November 18, 2012

    Maybe the supporters of Papa John’s will now shop at Walmart on Black Friday after they buy their pizza to show their ‘solidarity’. Hopefully, they are the only losers in both businesses!

  182. MollyP November 18, 2012

    We know how to respond to these situations as well, don’t buy what your selling and thank you for exposing yourselves as the truly evil corporate jerks we voted against in the first place.

  183. Johnny Thomas November 18, 2012

    I put this on my time line when it started to happen and was laughed at by Romney’s supporters .So now they want to cry now .These type’s of things will far pass the gas prices .I never worked any place that didn’t have group insurance available after 90 days of employment usually free to the employee but available for the family at a cost .And profits are far more today than they were then so how is hiding what ?
    Mitt Romney never did show a plan that he boasted about so often during his campaining .He did the same when he ran for the US Senate but was caught but Ted Kennedy with nothing at all and had to admit it .PaPA John’s better be glad that they are not union he would be paying a lot more out .We are one of the worst countries in human medical coverage in the world just because the republicans reject it in almost every way that is the most self centered people that I know who stand behind that and I had republican employer’s that did that for us of course it made it easier to pay their own plan by including us if we think it through instead of crying before the milk is spilled .

  184. aknman49 November 18, 2012

    Pizza Hut and Yum Brands are laughing all the way to the bank.

    1. Michael Cruise November 18, 2012

      Pizza Hut is doing the same, as is Dominos Pizza. Buy local.

  185. Michael S. Smith November 18, 2012

    Except for Papa Johns most are Franchisees not the heads of the main corporations that own the these resturants . What eveyone has to do is find out who owns what and if they are giving health care to thier employees , if they are cutting back hours or laying off workers and then decide weather or not to paronize those places.

  186. Michael S. Smith November 18, 2012

    One way to solve this, it realy should not be for the employer to provide health-care because the governnment should.

  187. Wendy Minot November 18, 2012

    “Makin’ a list, and checking it twice.” Waiting impatiently to sign any and all petitions.

  188. AnthonyParisi November 18, 2012

    All these guys are nothing more than big babies. They are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. If you can’t admit defeat you deserve to go bankrupt, and I hope they do.!!

  189. Justs4yn0 November 18, 2012

    If you think I’m going to click through 6 pages to read your article so you can maximise ad impressions, you’re sorely mistaken. See ya.

  190. ddnutzy November 18, 2012

    The man’s a idiot. All that will happen is people are going to used restaurants. At least I will.

  191. AJS November 18, 2012

    I don’t know if you know this, but people start businesses to MAKE A PROFIT. If you don’t like that then quit buying from all the big names like WALMART, KMART, PAPPA JOHNS, McDONALDS.. You will see because of Obama’s policies, big businesses will survice, but the mom and pop places will close up. Obamacare will intensify this. In Obamacare, full time is 30hrs. If employers do not give free healthcare, they will be fined (which they can’t afford). YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA,, YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU GET

    1. Michael Cruise November 18, 2012

      And you deserve to rot in the hottest corner of Hell, right along with the CEOs that attempt this madness.

  192. josh davis November 18, 2012

    re you telling me Aetna, the largest health insurer in the United States does not offer health insurance to their employees? This has all the hallmarks of an Onion article.

  193. RobertCHastings November 18, 2012

    Where was all the anger demonstrated below BEFORE the election? Folks, keep it going and in 2014 Obama will have a friendly House of Representatives! It looks like your typical Republican will wind up giving it to our guy, anyway. While this stuff is just icing on the cake and absolute verification of the Republican mindset, I loved to see McCain shutup about Benghazi after the hearings with Petraeus – he’s going to have a hard time obstructing Rice’s nomination.

  194. Mimihaha November 18, 2012

    It’s not as if Applebee’s is a real restaurant anyway.

  195. davinf November 18, 2012

    I like the way this article does not mention the company’s that supported Obama, that are also laying of employs or cut their workers hours.

  196. Brandon Sander November 18, 2012

    “Metz will cut all of his employees to under 30 hours a week, and add a 5 percent surcharge to customers’ bills.”

    So he cut the hours to avoid paying Obamacare and then he charged the customers 5% for Obamacare. What a piece of shit. I hope you go out of business, every single restaurant.

  197. Nancy_Winters November 18, 2012

    Don’t like Papa John’s anyway. But what a jerk. Have seen the commercials where he agrees to give away 2 million pizzas. But he can’t afford his payroll expenses. Another example of corporate greed.

  198. Raymond G. Whitham November 18, 2012

    Denny’s is known for its grease-filled meals that raise cholesterol which eventually causes heart attacks and strokes which then increases the cost of healthcare. Denny’s CEO should cover the cost of its customers’ healthcare for selling greasy food!

  199. Raymond G. Whitham November 18, 2012

    At least Zane Tankel is thinking things through logically and not blurting out nonsense like other CEOs in this series.

  200. Melissa L November 18, 2012

    Or, John Metz, they can just not frequent your shops. Because let’s be real– where there’s a Denny’s, there’s an iHop…

  201. MaryAlice Mariano November 19, 2012

    I was just thinking of going to Denny’s. Maybe I will ~ walk inside, walk up to a server, hand over a tip, then walk out with buying anything. I hope people will start eating at the local small business person’s establishments. These guys declared war on citizens (we will fire them) ~ how patriotic is that.

  202. Jaye Rochon Baker November 19, 2012

    I will never buy a Papa john’s pizza again!

  203. Jaye Rochon Baker November 19, 2012

    These people run companies? this is ridiculous! they are pretty self centred.

  204. LiberalTexasDemocrat November 19, 2012

    Screw him and every other CEO. The truth is they don’t need action by President Obama or any other president to justify reducing their workforce. All they need is a bad day of the golf course.

  205. Stella Chuwa Emmanuel November 19, 2012

    Hopeless people!!

  206. Lutrell Simmons November 19, 2012


  207. billbear1961 November 19, 2012

    Boycott these vicious, greedy, vindictive TYRANTS!

    Thank you for letting us know who the worst offenders are. I hope you’ll continue to keep us up to date.

  208. billbear1961 November 19, 2012

    A message for the servants of boundless GREED . . .

    The Almighty Jehovah is TERRIBLE when He descendeth like a destroying storm:

    “BEHOLD, I will bring my VENGEANCE upon thee for the SINS OF

    You may count on the rest of us to help the Lord out in this matter.

  209. Jim Draper November 19, 2012

    These people live in an echo chamber, and rarely speak to anyone that isn’t a rabid Republican and certified Obama hater. But they’re operating businesses…..do they truly believe all their current and potential customers think like them?

  210. 221688 November 19, 2012

    I think the world can live without both Applebee’s and Papa Johns – I’ve never set foot in either one. Let these CEOs bring about their own business’s demise by implementing anti-employee tactics. Those employees will be able to get jobs with the more humanitarian replacement businesses that spring up to take their places. Oh, did I forget to mention that these CEOs are an embarassment. Can someone please hack their websites in such a way that their employees see this news segment?

  211. htophet November 19, 2012

    ‘Deliberately do to them, what they feel is their right to to do our citizens:.
    Read this article and join me in doing whatever possible to see these businesses collapse by shear citizens revenge plain and simple. To deliberately do to them what they feel is their right to to do our citizens. All the fat cats and especially the corporations must be made to feel intimidated and unwelcome here, the class war has moved to another level. If they do not like the way democracy, for the people, by the people work need to leave. None of these scumbags represent anything about my country and yours, we should start the counter attack by ridding ourselves of all of their ability to continue to make money in our country, a country that they hate so much. The beginning of the second round between us and them has started, their mad, and we have the numbers, we will never be stronger or better organized! They have been begging for this for a long time, they have hurt, humiliated our citizens for generations with their thievery and anti-democratic treason behavior, we have better folks to fill their positions, at least americans. So call, write, petition, stop buying,top shopping and start building a list on the refrigerator who is with us, and who is against us! Joe6pK

  212. Bryce November 20, 2012

    The people of America made these CEO’S millions of dollars. and people can put these CEO’S out of business. I could not work for a owner with these companies anyway. I am boycotting all the companies listed.

  213. billbear1961 November 21, 2012

    Hello, IRS?

    Yes, hello!

    I know some real sons of bitches who are in the most desperate need of a TAX AUDIT.

  214. BruceMajors4DC November 22, 2012

    Thanks for these lists. Now I know which companies I will patronize, to support critics of our lying, murderous, fascist president.


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