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September 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
It's never just a simple bear hug when President Obama is involved. For Florida pizza parlor owner Scott Van Duzer, lifting the president off the floor this weekend has wrought an onslaught of impassioned political commentary from customers on Yelp . When Obama on Sunday unexpectedly dropped by Van Duzer's eatery, Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, the registered Republican and Obama supporter was so excited that he swept the commander in...
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July 25, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
As President Obama's healthcare law rolls out in the coming years, business owners are figuring out how they will comply with coverage mandates.  One popular restaurant chain, White Castle, may in the future hire only part-time workers once the law is fully implemented, according to Vice President Jamie Richardson. Richardson told NPR in an interview that the company is trying to figure out how to keep costs down.  Quiz: How well do you know fast food? "If you're full-time at White Castle, you're going to stay full-time at White Castle," he said.
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BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Papa John's Pizza is facing a $250-million lawsuit from customers who claim that the fast-food chain illegally sent them 500,000 promotional text messages in 2010. The lawsuit was granted class-action status by a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle late last week, according to a statement from the Heyrich Kalish McGuigan law firm. Participants are seeking $500 for each unwanted text, which they say Papa John's sent without their permission. The complaint alleges that some of the chain's franchisees used the marketing company OnTime4U to send a flood of messages about pizza deals to a database of customers who had previously ordered from Papa John's.
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November 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Papa John's Pizza is facing a $250-million lawsuit from customers who claim that the fast-food chain illegally sent them 500,000 promotional text messages in 2010. The lawsuit was granted class-action status by a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle late last week, according to a statement from the Heyrich Kalish McGuigan law firm. Participants are seeking $500 for each unwanted text, which they say Papa John's sent without their permission. The complaint alleges that some of the chain's franchisees used the marketing company OnTime4U to send a flood of messages about pizza deals to a database of customers who had previously ordered from Papa John's.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
As President Obama's healthcare law rolls out in the coming years, business owners are figuring out how they will comply with coverage mandates.  One popular restaurant chain, White Castle, may in the future hire only part-time workers once the law is fully implemented, according to Vice President Jamie Richardson. Richardson told NPR in an interview that the company is trying to figure out how to keep costs down.  Quiz: How well do you know fast food? "If you're full-time at White Castle, you're going to stay full-time at White Castle," he said.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Get ready to pay more for your Papa John's pizza if "Obamacare" goes into full effect … a whopping 15 to 20 cents more. John Schnatter, chief executive of the pizza chain, is bashing President Obama's healthcare reform law as a policy that will force the company to choose between its customers and its investors. And if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rolls out as planned in 2014, Schnatter's strategy is “of course … to pass that cost on the consumer in order to protect our shareholders' best interest,” he said in a recent conference call.
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April 2, 2000 | GREG JOHNSON and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The battle for pizza supremacy being fought between Pizza Hut and Papa John's is being directed by two forceful chief executives who live in the same Louisville neighborhood, pray at the same church and relax at the same exclusive golf course. David Novak, chairman of Tricon Global Restaurants, Pizza Hut's corporate parent, can't help but bump into Papa John's founder and Chief Executive John Schnatter. "He lives a half-mile from my house," Schnatter said.
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September 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
It's never just a simple bearhug when President Obama is involved. For Florida pizza parlor owner Scott Van Duzer, lifting the president off the floor last weekend has wrought an onslaught of impassioned political commentary from customers on Yelp. When Obama on Sunday dropped by Van Duzer's eatery, Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce, the registered Republican and Obama supporter was so excited that he swept the commander in chief clear off his feet. Photos of the jubilant embrace raced around the Web. Diners (and more)
BUSINESS
September 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
When he's not plugging Dos Equis beer, the “most interesting man in the world” has an after-hours gig: stumping for Barack Obama's reelection. Actor Jonathan Goldsmith, who portrays the brew company's mysterious and supremely accomplished spokesman, is hosting a fund-raiser for the president Tuesday in Burlington, Vt., according to the Political Party Time blog . Tickets start at $20 and run up to $500. Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith will also attend. If Dos Equis ads are to be believed, the 73-year-old Goldsmith has some great party tricks up his sleeve, including acing the Rorschach test, demonstrating his left and right-handedness and showing off the German shepherd he taught to bark in Spanish.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The same day that Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants Inc. said it will not bump down existing full-time workers to part-time status to skirt healthcare costs, a petition calling on the company's chief executive to clarify his position is gaining steam. Dan Haney, an unemployed pharmaceutical customer service representative from Philadelphia, started the SignOn.org petition urging Darden CEO Clarence Otis to be even more specific about how the company will react when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014.
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September 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
It's never just a simple bearhug when President Obama is involved. For Florida pizza parlor owner Scott Van Duzer, lifting the president off the floor last weekend has wrought an onslaught of impassioned political commentary from customers on Yelp. When Obama on Sunday dropped by Van Duzer's eatery, Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce, the registered Republican and Obama supporter was so excited that he swept the commander in chief clear off his feet. Photos of the jubilant embrace raced around the Web. Diners (and more)
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
It's never just a simple bear hug when President Obama is involved. For Florida pizza parlor owner Scott Van Duzer, lifting the president off the floor this weekend has wrought an onslaught of impassioned political commentary from customers on Yelp . When Obama on Sunday unexpectedly dropped by Van Duzer's eatery, Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, the registered Republican and Obama supporter was so excited that he swept the commander in...
BUSINESS
August 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Get ready to pay more for your Papa John's pizza if "Obamacare" goes into full effect … a whopping 15 to 20 cents more. John Schnatter, chief executive of the pizza chain, is bashing President Obama's healthcare reform law as a policy that will force the company to choose between its customers and its investors. And if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rolls out as planned in 2014, Schnatter's strategy is “of course … to pass that cost on the consumer in order to protect our shareholders' best interest,” he said in a recent conference call.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2000 | GREG JOHNSON and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The battle for pizza supremacy being fought between Pizza Hut and Papa John's is being directed by two forceful chief executives who live in the same Louisville neighborhood, pray at the same church and relax at the same exclusive golf course. David Novak, chairman of Tricon Global Restaurants, Pizza Hut's corporate parent, can't help but bump into Papa John's founder and Chief Executive John Schnatter. "He lives a half-mile from my house," Schnatter said.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Using “fascism” to describe President Obama's healthcare reform was “poor use of an emotionally charged word,” according to John Mackey, co-chief executive and co-founder of Whole Foods Market. In a blog post Thursday, Mackey said he “definitely” regrets using the term, which “today stirs up too much negative emotion with its horrific associations in the 20th century.” The mea culpa came amid a surge of criticism after Mackey's interview earlier this week with NPR, in which he said that Obama's policies are “technically speaking … more like fascism” instead of socialism.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
When Democrats and Republicans do reach across the aisle, chances are they're not chatting about their favorite brands. The blue party is big on Google, Amazon.com and PBS, while their red rivals are all about the Fox News Channel, Chick-fil-A and Johnson & Johnson, according to an annual report from consumer research firm YouGov BrandIndex. There's some overlap: Both political groups enjoy Cheerios, Clorox and Craftsman. But it's also been an election year where businesses have been vocal about where they stand.
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