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Speak Out: Will You Boycott Applebee's and Papa John's?

The franchise owners of some 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.

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. 

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.

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 the Applebee's (which is not owned by Apple-Metro) and Papa John's in Bowie for their corporation's actions against employees and customers? Or you think that small business owners are suffering due to Obamacare? Tell us in the comments.

Edward Ollie November 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Its weird. I honestly would have no problem paying a little bit more to help pay for workers healthcare. But these moves just dont seem genuine to me. They seem to be more designed to make the President look bad than to actually offset any costs. I cant call it a boycott because I rarely shop at any of those places anyway, but Im certainly less likely to do so in the future. If the companies worked on their messaging they may have more support among people who support healthcare reform.
Cre November 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM
@ danyden Why did you bring up racism? Stupid! 0 When consumer's act and the business bottom line are in jeopardy that is when they do the right thing. Why do you think there are regulations in place? I agree with Matt, it is all about politics. You asked: Did you boycott stores and restaurants when they jacked their prices when gas was $4 a gallon? Yes, I have and will continue to boycott; I don't drink the kool aid. If they to pass the cost to me, I chose not to give them my dollar!
Davis November 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Folks working in these FFF,s are barely making it if at all. And the owners are deciding what color their new Mercedes will be. And now they are b thching because they have to help out with the care of the people that make their wealth possible. Greed! It's such an ugly word! Pj pizza can't even remember when I ordered one of those round prices of cardboard with sauce on it. Think we fed it to the dog and he even turned his nose up to it
Brian November 17, 2012 at 01:08 PM
About 15 years ago, Papa Johns wanted to charge me $0.50 extra because I was writing a check! They said it was because, "a check adds work". I am surprised they didn't want to have a surcharge for cash, because with cash you have to count it and that adds work. Papa Johns is a money grubbing operation that will do anything possible to extract money from their customers. I am proud to say that I didn't buy into their money extraction policy 15 years ago, and have not shopped at their business since!
K H November 18, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I work for one of these companies... Not one that is doing this right now, but let me tell you... I can understand where these smaller business are coming from. This is huge to our franchises. Some of these companies don't have the money to support this. We are going to have to cut hours, and hire more people. We are going to lose the good people that we have because we can't offer them more hours. Obamacare is a good "IDEA"... Think about all the people we offer Medicaid to, and financial assistance to, that have better phones than half of us, or they drive cars with phat wheels. Do we ever think about that? No... We continue to pay them to do nothing... I would be more than willing in this small company that I work for to offer my employees healthcare, if I wasn't paying for everyone and their entire family to have medical insurance that don't even work for me. Obama wanted to and did bail out all these huge corporations by giving them tons of money, What about the little companies that struggle. No one ever worries about them. Raise their taxes, make them pay out more. Like I said.... He has a good "IDEA"

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