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Papa John's Files Lawsuit in Camaro Contest Scuffle

For Papa John's, Camaro Search Ends on a Sour Note

This Summer's turned out to be quite the roller coaster ride for Papa John's founder John Schnatter. First, he and the pizza chain held a contest to locate his 1971 Camaro, the car he sold to finance his first pizza joint 25 years ago.

In what seemed like a fairy tale, Schnatter reunited with his long lost Camaro in Flatwoods, KY. But here's where the story turns sour: Papa John's is now suing one Kentucky couple, Phillip and Billie Slone, who believe they deserve the $250,000 search prize.According to the Slones, they first alerted Papa John's to the vehicle's whereabouts. Papa John's has fired back, accusing the Slones of fraud. The chain claims that after it informed Billie Slone that she didn't qualify for the prize without the vehicle's title, she contacted the titleholder, Jeff Robinson, and told him she knew a man who would pay for his Camaro.

Although Papa John's offered the Slones $25,000 for the role they played in linking Robinson to the pizza chain, Billie Slone has accused the company of amending winning guidelines after the contest was under way. I'm saddened to see a monetary prize spoil such a fun competition. Who is at fault: Papa John's or the Slones?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
that's a shame. to be honest, the guy that had the car should give part of the $$ to the folks that alerted him to the search. it's like a brokers fee.
dootsie dootsie 7 years
Any judge will take one look at the rules and throw out any suit filed by the Slone family. The rules are clear, and any monetary reward offered to the Slone family is just pure kindness.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 7 years
Yeah that post was a little confusing for a second. I had to reread it. I agree with some of the people on here. If Papa said he would pay up then he should. But only if the original rules were follow and the rules were not changed after the contest began.
jmorri26 jmorri26 7 years
Aaaahh ok, then that makes much more sense. The Sloanes look like assholes then.
jmorri26 jmorri26 7 years
Papa John's is suing this couple. I completely think Papa Johns is being jerks if I read this correctly. From what I'm reading this couple FOUND his car and without them, he wouldn't have found it. Just because they weren't the titleholder isn't an issue as far as I see. They found it for him. 25k is a nice thing to toss at them but feels kind of dickish to last minute toss in there "Oh, but you don't own the car? You just know who does? Here's some money to shut you up and for your time" I think they should pay them the full amount.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
It appears that the suit was filed by Papa John's as a preemptive action in what was sure to be a suit - countersuit type of case anyway. Papa John's seems to be claiming some form of fraud as well as slander; The Sloans' countersuit will likely allege bad faith in breach of contract. The Sloans had previously come off as helpful citizens. Now they sound petty.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
Papa John's offered the Slones $25,000 for the role they played in linking Robinson to the pizza chain - i'd say that's very fair and very honorable of the chain and the Slones are simply being greedy
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