To make up for the “Crybaby” t-shirt incident, Papa John’s apologized and offered Cleveland area residents $.23 pizza on Thursday. The company stated that the discount was limited to carry-out orders only, and one pizza per person. But apparently for some Papa John’s franchises, kids don’t count as people:
Jennifer Gunn, a West Side homemaker, stood in line with her 3-year-old niece, Makenzi, who also planned to buy a pizza but was not allowed to by the store.
”Hopefully two pizzas will be enough,” said Dennison, 25. She pointed to her son, Nathan, 21 months, in a stroller. ”We’re hoping he counts for one.” (He didn’t.)
A quick check of a biology textbook confirms that yes, children are in fact human beings, a.k.a. people. Come on Papa John’s! These children are clearly a “person” in both the biological and legal sense of the word. Their parents stood in line assuming that their kids would be able to purchase a pizza and Papa John’s wouldn’t deny them their right to buy a pizza just because of their age. To simply refuse to consider these children as valid customers is pretty unfair.
Is their a minimum age requirement to buy a pizza from Papa John’s? Isn’t this a blatant example of age discrimination?