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.

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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