Thursday, May 8, 2008

Pizzas almost gone .. Akron Police respond to fights

Statement moments ago from Papa Johns HQ:

"May 8, 2008
The response to the 23-cent pizza offer in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Youngstown and the surrounding areas has been terrific. We salute Cleveland fans for coming out in incredible numbers and showing their support for their hometown team.

As a mid-day update, even though we prepared our stores to make more than 75,000 pizzas today, this great response may mean we'll run out of product and if we do our restaurants will close for the balance of the day. If we do run through the supply, by then we will all have helped raise a lot of money for the LeBron James Family Foundation.

If you are calling our restaurants and receiving a busy signal or no answer, we apologize and appreciate your patience. The call volume is tremendous. Papa John's
appreciates the positive response."

Later .. this statement was sent out:
"Good afternoon all! Wanted to send a quick update letting everyone know that we are expecting supplies to last through dinner tonight and will continue serving customers and taking orders until we have run out of product. Stores will likely
close at differing times based on when they run out of product this evening. If you have any questions, please contact me at 517.256.6648. Have a wonderful evening! Hope everyone has a chance to pick up their 23-cent pizza too!!"
Akron Police have been called to both the East and West Market Street locations for possible fights ... not sure if anyone's been arrested.

Here's a suggestion: Local police should try this again in a few months .. but instead of announcing free pizzas publicly, send letters to people with outstanding arrest warrants telling them they're getting a pizza on a certain day/time .. and then just sit and arrest them as they show up.

Can't be any dumber than offering 23-cent pizzas .. right?

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