Applebee’s targeted after franchisee mulls Obamacare hiring freeze

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Among the commandments of life under the Obama administration: thou shalt not speak ill of Obamacare. Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter was hammered with Twitter abuse after informing shareholders and franchisees in August that implementing Obamacare would necessarily increase costs of running the business. Applebee’s is under the gun today after Zane Tankel, a franchisee whose company runs 40 New York-area restaurants, told Fox Business Network that a hiring freeze might be in the works.

WHAT a JACKASS-Applebee’s CEO Threatens To Fire Emps / Freeze Hiring Because Of Obamacare via @thinkprogress

— Rusty Bader (@TheRedNightBird) November 10, 2012

More fools…Zane Tankel, Applebee’s Franchisee, Says He Won’t Hire Because Of Obamacare (VIDEO) via @huffpostsmbiz

—Pamela Brockman (@PamelafBrockman) November 10, 2012

MT: BOYCOTT APPLEBEES NOW.Zane Tankel, Applebee’s Franchisee, Says He Won’t Hire Because Of Obamacare (VID)

— FloridaJewel (@floridajewel) November 10, 2012

Boycott this Applebee’s.Applebee’s Franchisee, Says He Won’t Hire Because Of Obamacare (VIDEO) @huffpostsmbiz

— Linda Bruce (@lindakaybruce) November 10, 2012

Applebee’s CEO Threatens To Fire Employees (Obamacare) | 2 Can Play this game LOSER! Calling 4 National #BOYCOTT

— Sean Bond (@iam_seanbond) November 9, 2012

Zane Tankel CEO of Applebees claims he won’t hire workers over Obamacare.Tell Him to give up his healthcare insurance. #BoycottApplebees

— Politicolnews (@Politicolnews) November 9, 2012

Oh boo hoo, Papa John’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Applebee’s. Like you’re so poor.…

— Betsy Stover (@BetsyStover) November 10, 2012

Note that in his TV appearance Tankel did not say he was laying off any employees; rather, he speculated that “if it’s possible to do without cutting people back, I am delighted to do it, but that also rolls back expansion, it rolls back hiring more people, and in a best-case scenario, we only shrink the labor force minimally. Best case.” What a monster, huh?

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Douchebag, your food sucks anyway – Zane Tankel, Applebee’s Franchisee, Says He Won’t Hire Because Of Obamacare (VIDEO)

— Keith Andreen (@keithandreen) November 9, 2012

Applebee’s Franchisee Says He Won’t Hire Because Of Obamacare #ridiculous #selfish #assholes

— Rehana (@msrehreh) November 9, 2012

last thing before i get out of here….these people….disgust me

— Ricky Spanish (@insanityreport) November 9, 2012

Add @applebees to the list of unpatriotic businesses who are firing people because @barackobama won #fb

— John V. Moore (@johnvmoore) November 9, 2012

Rather than treat their employees like people deserving of healthcare, they’ve decided to fire them… #BoycottAppleMetro

— Cassandra Duffy (@SapphicPixie) November 9, 2012

Um, no. Again, Tankel said only that, faced with paying annual Obamacare penalties of $80,000 to $100,000 per restaurant, he was evaluating his options and would most likely halt expansion. It seems reading comprehension is tough, so we wonder how these people accusing Applebee’s of firing employees made it through all 2,700 pages of the Obamacare bill (like Nancy Pelosi did) to find out what was in it and how much it would cost other people’s businesses.

For its part, the Applebee’s corporate office was anxious to distance itself from the Obamacare controversy and point out that franchisees speak for themselves.

@thinkprogress It’s not Applebee’s place to engage in political commentary. Our franchisees’ views as private citizens are their own. ~ARL

— Applebee’s (@Applebees) November 9, 2012


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