• Sep 3, 2009
File this under "No Cool, Wacky Deed Shall Go Unlitigated." John Schnatter, Papa John of Papa John's Pizza, put out a $250,000 A.P.B. to find his long lost 1971 1/2 Camaro Z28. According to the folks at Papa John, the person who won the money was the one whose name was on the title of the car – that is, the owner of the car was paid the dosh for selling the car back to Schnatter. Kentuckian Jeff Robinson came forth with the car and took home the cash.

The Papa John's folks say the rules never said anything about finder's fees. But when the Sloanes of Indiana helped point Schnatter to Robinson, Schnatter offered them $25,000 for the assist. How did the Sloanes know about the car? They had owned it previously and sold it to Robinson.

Now the Sloanes aren't happy about "only" getting $25,000. Billie Sloane wants more of that quarter million, and will sue Papa John if he doesn't pony up the cake. Her evidence is "advertisements and a press release that promised the money to whomever could 'reveal the car's whereabouts.'" Jeff Robinson chimes in, though, and says Sloane came to him and said the original owner would buy the car from him for $125,000, and says that she didn't mention the contest nor the full amount of the reward.

No matter. Now it's between Sloane, Papa, and potentially the courts. If only Papa John had listened to the late M.J. about another famous Billie: "So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice..." Um, yeah, never saw this one coming. Good luck, Papa John...

[Source: WLKY News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Greedy people just suck. That 25k should be taken away from Billie Sloane and replaced with a swift kick. UGH!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stupid Sloans are going to spend a good portion of the $25K grubbing for more. I hope they get nothing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a load of you-know-what.

      I wish nothing for the Sloanes but a long, difficult, and ultimately fruitless public embarassment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i just saw a new papa john's TV commercial with the gold Camaro in it already! it's really cool that he is so in love with that car and he got it back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see any way this is going to stand up in court, although I haven't read any fine print about the contest, or whatever you want to call it, so I can't say for sure. Just sounds like greedy people who'll blow their 25000$ on legal fees trying to get more. Good move, I think.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Without an actual written contract, it basically comes down to what a reasonable person should infer. In past disputes related to TV, radio, and print advertising, the courts have pretty consistently held that advertising can't reasonably be expected to lay out ALL of the terms of a business or legal arrangement. Enter common sense, stage left.

        I'll be very disappointed if the case isn't immediately dismissed.

        Given that this whole deal originated from an ad campaign, I'm actually quite impressed that John Schnatter's success story is true (and that the car is/was, in fact, real). That's a new high for truth in advertising.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We're talking about Camaro owners here folks. Are you really that surprised?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Congratulations! You just won the "Most Ignorant Comment of the Day Award"!

        Sorry, no $25,000 prize for you sir, just a kick in the rear for being an idiot.

        Have a nice day and STFU.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Camaro owners are greedy? I'm sure there are ones that apply to you! ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Camaro owners are people who want cheap performance.
        Used camaro owners are people who want really cheap performance.

        How does this make them greedy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tell the Sloanes to eat cake. NO pie for them!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Leave it to greedy-@ss Americans to take what was a heart-felt story of a young boy, his car, and the price of success, and turn it into a litigation match.

      Take the $25,000 and be happy you greedy chach!!!

      Hey Papa...take her $25,000 and buy the rest of us a pizza. We're all happy for you!
      cesarponciano
      • 5 Years Ago
      GREEDY B*STARDS!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You go ahead and assume that everyone is as greedy as you, if it makes you feel better.

      I would be perfectly happy with getting $25,000 for doing basically nothing. Heck, if I was them, I would have been happy with even less than that, or just a few free pizzas.

      Not everyone thinks they should get something for nothing. I honestly did not think I would see anyone siding with the Sloanes on this, guess I was wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I bet Venom is one of those people who find a wallet on the street and feels entitled to the money on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then you are a sucker in life and I feel sorry for you.
        The rest of us in the real world will run people like you over.
        Sayonara.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure Mr. Papa John can afford the money but now it's the principle of the thing. He should demand his $25,000 back from these greedies. I for one would have been very happy with what he gave them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Screw Papa John's. They advertised free pizza for all Camaro owners last week. Well went to my local Papa John's restaurant with my 2000 z28 and they denied me my pizza, saying the promo ended at 3pm. I called 8 other locations and they all said the same thing. Seriously, how many people with a day job can get off work in time for that???
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whiner.

        You're just like these self-entitled pricks who want more than they deserve. Pay for your pizza like everyone else or trim your mullet and get a real job. If you can't eat pizza at lunch, it's your own problem.
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