Backlash was quick after reports that Papa John's founder, John Schnatter, used the N word. He resigned as the company chairman and a trustee at the University of Louisville
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The founder of Papa Johns, who paid for a full-time advertisement in Wednesday's Courier Journal, expressing his love for employees and franchisees, received a quick response from the leaders of the world's third largest pizza company – and it was really no valentine.
"Interests, including customers, franchisees, employees and investors, have strongly endorsed the actions we have taken to distinguish our brand from Mr. John John Schnatter," said the company in a statement.
"No matter what John does , he will not be able to distract from the inappropriate comments he made. "
In an open letter of love to Papa John's 120,000 global labor, Schnatter – was forced to chair Louisville-based pizza giant after he agreed to use the N word during a crisis relations exercise in May – said he misses them" m ore than words can say "and that" we will all get through this together.
Background: Papa John Schnatter has sent a love letter to his former employees
He also launched a website, www.savepapajohns.com On it, it says challenged Schnatter: "The boards want to silence me. So this is my website and my way to talk to you. "
The new website contains a biography of Schnatter, links to national spit cover and documents related to his ongoing trial seeking business documents related to his withdrawal from Papa John's.
Referring to named sources, Forbes announced on Saturday that some employees in the company's headquarters are concerned about the continued knife fight between Schnatter and Ritchie, and some oppose Ritchie's leadership.
The newspaper said a meeting for "town hall", scheduled for August 9, was postponed for employees in writing so many prescriptions. Forbes said it received more than 100 of them and "most expressed opposition to Ritchie and his deputies."
The meeting finally held August 14th, but Forbes reported that Ritchie "barely accused he had made" poisonous culture for years. "
The magazine reported last month that three of the above sources said that Ritchie was present when offensive comments were directed against female employees and" just laughed. "Ritchie told the Courier Journal that he did not witness any of the comments described by Forbes.
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