Want some spam with that pizza? Papa John's delivers
November 13th, 2012
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Popular U.S. pizza chain Papa John's faces a $250 million class-action lawsuit for blasting customers with illegal text messages.

The plaintiffs allege that Papa John's franchises sent customers a total of 500,000 unwanted messages in early 2010. The spam texts offered deals for pizza, and some customers complained they were getting 15 or 16 texts in a row, even during the middle of the night, according Donald Heyrich, an attorney representing the class.

"After I ordered from Papa John's, my telephone started beeping with text messages advertising pizza specials," Erin Chutich, one of the plaintiffs, said in a statement. "Papa John's never asked permission to send me text message advertisements."

The pizza franchises sent the text blasts through a mass text messaging service called OnTime4U, which is also a defendant in the case. When Papa John's was first sued in April 2010, the franchises allegedly ended their involvement with OnTime4U's text program, after the pizza company informed its corporate stores and franchisees that sending unsolicited messages to cellphones "is most likely illegal."

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  1. Herman Ohlmacher

    In addition to telephony, modern mobile phones also support a wide variety of other services such as text messaging, MMS, email, Internet access, short-range wireless communications (infrared, Bluetooth), business applications, gaming and photography. Mobile phones that offer these and more general computing capabilities are referred to as smartphones.^

    Take a look at the most recently released posting at our own website

    April 28, 2013 at 5:52 am |
  2. Facts & Lies

    wtf i thought this was going to be about getting SPAM on my pizza, now im both hungry & disappointed :(

    November 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  3. flyonthewall

    Boycott PAPA JOHNS, since the owner threatened to lay off a bunch of employees since his candidate lost. I will never eat there again.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  4. JN

    Support local pizza.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  5. HarleyGirl

    I always thought their pizzas tasted like frozen pizza. Now, that I read that they were texting folks relentlessly, and that he's talking about cutting employees hours, so he can get out of paying health care for his employees, I won't do business with Papa Johns again.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Liz

      Harley Girl, I completely agree with you!! All the money this man has and he denies his employees health coverage!! I wont do business with him either!! Only the rich!!

      November 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Typical Republican.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  6. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™

    And here I thought they were offering the Spyced Ham variety of Spam with the pizza, neither of which is welcome in my book...

    November 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Webster


      aka nast in an can

      November 14, 2012 at 6:53 am |
  7. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™

    And here I thought they were offering the Spiced Ham variety of Spam with the pizza, neither of which is welcome in my book...

    November 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  8. Truth™

    Better ingredients...
    Better annoyances...
    That's Papa Johns!

    November 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Almost as bad as Peyton Manning in every other commercial. Especially on NFL Network. If it isn't that car commercial, its the Papa John's commercial.

      November 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
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