Harlem Papa John's Franchisee Will Fight $2 Million Judgment for Underpaying

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Ron Johnson's Papa John's location at 703 Lenox Avenue in Harlem
Ronald Johnson, who once was a rising star in the New York City business community, must now fork over $2 million after refusing to pay his 447 Papa John's employees $7.25 an hour.

On March 3, 2015, New York Supreme Court Justice Joan Kenney filed a judgment that ordered Johnson and his company to pay $2,126,166.34 in owed wages, un-reimbursed expenses, liquidated damages, and interest. But Johnson's attorney, George Peters, says he's not going to see his client pay the debts without first pursuing all avenues to reduce them.

"He may have done some things that were improper," Peters tells the Voice. "But it didn't rise to the $2 million level."

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Bakery Workers Occupy Hot & Crusty When Owner Closes It Down Rather Than Allow Union

Categories: Labor, Pizza, Unions

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The scene outside Hot & Crusty Friday afternoon.
Friday was the last day that the Hot & Crusty bakery on 63rd and 2nd Avenue was scheduled to be open. Instead, employees and their supporters took the store over briefly Friday afternoon before police moved in, emptying the shop and arresting six people.

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Papa John's Apologizes for 'Lady Chinky Eyes' Receipt

Yesterday, we reported on the Papa John's customer who was identified as "lady chinky eyes" on her receipt from a store on Broadway and 142nd Street. The above image comes from Papa John's Facebook account, and the terminated employee they refer to is reportedly a 16-year-old girl. Hopefully, this entire incident hasn't tarnished pizza's good name.

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Papa John's Receipt Lists Customer's Name as 'Lady Chinky Eyes' [UPDATE]

Minhee Cho, who is the Communications Manager for ProPublica, just tweeted a photo of a receipt from a Hamilton Heights Papa John's with her name listed as "lady chinky eyes." The picture, which can be seen in full after the jump, is from an in-store order placed last night. This looks to be part of the worst trend ever.

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Pizza Prints: The Most Important Invention of 2011 or Any Year

You're probably busy getting ready for the festivities tonight, but please, take the time to watch the above video. It's a demonstration of Pizza Prints, which are meltable graphic decals you apply directly onto pizza. Pizza Prints are more than just fun, delicious, and gluten-free--they are quite possibly the most important invention in human history.

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Mafia Disorganized; 17 Killed in Tornados; Radioactivity Rises Off Japan Coast

  • The Mafia is out of commission. Rather, the Mafia Commission, the caucus of leaders of the five main crime families, apparently hasn't met in 25 years. Cue "disorganized crime" joke. [NYDN]
  • A tornado warning has been issued for parts of Georgia as the death toll from recent twisters rises to 17. Alabama, Oklahoma, and Mississippi have all declared a state of emergency. [CNN]
  • The radioactivity levels in the sea near Fukushima Daiichi have spiked, suggesting that there could be a new leak at the damaged nuclear plant. This isn't necessarily cause for panic yet; the increased levels could be caused by steel panels that have been installed in an effort to contain radiation. [NYT]

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Hiram Monserrate, Girlfriend-Slashing State Senator, Now Works at a Pizza Place

The New York Post reports exclusively this Monday morning that the disgraced former state senator Hiram Monserrate, who was accused of beating, dragging and slashing his girlfriend with broken glass, has resurfaced at Papaya Pizza, where he often works the counter. The Post is sure to note that the girlfriend, who says she was slashed by accident (but can be seen on surveillance video being dragged by her hair), "has not been spotted at the store." But Monserrate wouldn't say if he owns the "Latin-themed pizzeria, which also sells flan and 99-cent hot dogs." Either way, it sounds lucrative. And it smells worth boycotting!

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The Super Bowl Is Stupid

The Super Bowl is stupid. We say that and we're football fans here at Runnin' Scared. Watching the "big game," as it is referred to by companies attempting to profit off its popularity without paying licensing fees, is a useful exercise in being a stupid person for an entire day. Don't believe us? Let's go over what Sunday will be like for you and the millions of other stupid people who will be watching the Super Bowl:

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