Friday, February 6, 2009

Pizza radio gaffe

At the end of a long week, where there was even more bad news on the unemployment front in the States, comes this slightly weird one: John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John's ™, said that it's not a good idea to have too much pizza. This just days after one of the worst snowstorms the UK has ever seen, and his and rival pizza outlets had record sales with so many people homebound.

The quote (in response to a question from BBC 4's Adam Shaw): "No. Pizza's actually healthy for you if you don't eat too much of it. You can't eat five or six slices but if you eat one or two slices it's very nutritious."

Hmm ... you're the third largest pizza chain in the world and you tell your customers to take it easy when eating your own product?

Guess what would happen to the price of truffles if the growers told chocolate eaters to take it easy? Half of Belgium would be on the unemployment lines.

Wish I had the money to open up a pizza franchise -- in the current market, owning one of those or a chain coffee shop probably is a license to print money, even with people getting smaller portions. But sometimes it's just better to keep one's mouth shut.

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