Papa John Didn't Really Eat 40 Pizzas In 30 Days

If we can't trust Papa John, who can we trust?

February 14, 2020
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Papa Johns Pizza founder and (former) CEO hasn't been in the news for anything good recently. First up, he was ousted from his position at the top of the company for allegedly using a racial slur (on a conference call about diversity training).

Then a few months back, he gave an... interesting... interview where he claimed that a Day Of Reckoning was coming, and having had 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, he was disappointed in his percieved quality drop of Papa Johns pizza.

For talking points, he essentially claims that he was using the slur to express his hatred of racism, and names names of the people he claims fabricated the controversy in an attempt to get him out of the company.

But one point that many people focused on was that amount of pizza intake. 40 pizzas. In 30 days. I've had some bad weeks, even months. But never enough to eat 40 pizzas in 30 days. But now Mr. Papa wants to clear a few things up. 

In a follow up, John points out that he never said "ate", he said "had". He had 40 pizzas in 30 days and says that he might have tasted or inspected them, but never actually ATE 40 whole pizzas. So the internet spent all this time poking fun at the man. And in the end, I had to think, "Oh. If that's the criteria, there's a good chance I've had 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, too." And now I need to take stock of my own life choices.