Speak Out: Will You Boycott Denny's, Applebees and Papa John's?

The franchise owners of these popular chains are making big changes to offset costs of Obamacare, but it's causing some customers to rethink which businesses they'll support.


Several franchise owners of popular restaurant chains say that the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare will increase costs for small business owners—and in order to offset costs they are adding surcharges to bills, threatening layoffs and more.

According to the Huffington Post, John Metz, a Florida-based Denny's franchise owner, is adding a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset costs for healthcare.

Apple-Metro CEO Zane Tankel, who owns more than 40 Applebee's chains in the metro New York area, slammed Obamacare on Fox Business Network, Huffington Post reported, stating he would not hire any more employees and may cut the hours of current employees. 

But a Twitter campaign has already begun against Papa John's after CEO John Schnatter’s said the chain would increase prices to offset costs related to the  Affordable Care Act. Protestors are asking Americans to support local pizza chains over Papa John's.

So what do you think? Will you boycott these businesses for their actions against employees and customers? Or you think that small business owners are suffering due to Obamacare? Tell us in the comments.

Tina Fitzpatrick November 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I can understand the frustration of the owners. The reality is that their employees should have the benefit of insurance. The real problem, from where I sit, is the corporate owners of these restaurant chains. They should be willing to take a decrease in their pay. BTW, franchise owners, I'm willing to pay more for your product. Don't react blindly, look at those loyal employees and figure out how to do the right thing by them and maintain your business. It isn't an either/or.
Jenn B November 17, 2012 at 01:58 AM
If you own a home (with a mortgage) you are REQUIRED to have homeowners insurance. If you have a car you are REQUIRED to have car insurance. Why is it so hard for people to understand that they should have health insurance? Furthermore, why should your employer be REQUIRED to provide it? They are your boss not your parent! You generally drive a car to work, should they be REQUIRED to pay for that also? NO! Its one of many problems with this country, people want someone else to provide something that they should be responsible for themselves. I've always paid for my families health insurance, I have never asked for anyone else to pay for it. Instead of needing cell phones, extra TV channels, beer, cigarettes, video games etc, be responsible and pay for health insurance. If I need money to cover anything, I just work harder! What a concept!!!!!
Michael Carcel November 17, 2012 at 09:38 AM
You can raise your prices by a nickel or dime, no one will complain, it will cover the cost of health insurance and won't come out of your overstuffed pockets. These CEO's feel they are "entitled" to live high off the hog while their employees barely get by, it is called GREED!
J. Clegg November 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I will not boycot these businesses as they are doing what they have to do in order to survive. They are fighting against a plan that most of the population does not want. The majority of the ones that want it are the ones who don't want to work for a living
Connie Youmans November 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
All companies must make a profit or they will close and the employees are out of work. Many of the employees at these type of establishments are part time, losing hours will hurt their livelihood, losing their job will be worse. I already patronize local eateries, there are some chains I use just because there are no locals providing the food I like. No I won't boycott anyone, but I certainly won't go out of my way to utilize services that have said they will hurt their employees. Our country has become, on a large scale, a nation of people who think they are entitled to everything for little effort on their part. Workers however should be given health insurance even if they must pay a portion of the premiums. A bigger concern is what will happen to our seniors that have worked and paid into social security and medicare for their whole lives and now face an uncertain future.
Darlene November 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM
That doesn't make sense because if they are not working for a living then they wouldn't have an employer to pay for their health insurance now would they???
Vic Monaco November 18, 2012 at 06:05 AM
In order to survive?! Do you have ANY idea how much profit these corporations are seeing? Do just a little reading before you make the uninformed politically slanted comment. The guy who runs Papa John's is a multimillionairre AND he's giving away 2 million pizzas this year. All he would have to do is cut that giveaway in half and he'd save more than he has to spend on employee insurance, which is a GOOD thing. But he, like you, would rather make a political statement because he's a sore loser and couldn't care less about his employees.
Randall M November 18, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I will not support the greed of these large corporations. If you boycott them it will not take them long to do the right thing.
kevin s November 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
In his latest NFL commercial with Peyton Manning, the CEO said he was giving away 2 million free pizzas. that's roughlly $20 million he's throwing away. that would sure go along way to saving the company money and keeping employees happy. makes you wonder what his agenda is?


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