I’ll Miss You Applebee’s But Your CEO Is A Dick

Why don’t you ACT like a neighbor instead of like a bloodsucking leech?

I love me some Applebee’s. It’s one of my favorite chain restaurants and I try to go as often as possible. Of course, on our budget, that’s about twice a year but you get the idea.

But that’s done for now. Why? This:

Zane Tankel, the CEO of Applebee’s New York Franchise, Apple-Metro, is so dedicated to not spending money on his employees that he’s refusing to hire anyone new. Why? Because he might have to provide them health care.

Under the Affordable Care Act, a business of 50 people or more must provide a health care option for its employees by 2014. The 40 Applebee’s restaurants in New York employ hundreds of people, and Tankel believes providing them with health insurance plans will be too costly. In an appearance on Fox Business News, the CEO said he won’t be able to hire new people because of the law, and even floated the idea of layoffs.

So, it’s so important that your employees that make you millions of dollars a year not get health insurance that you will distort your business and make an ass of yourself in public? What kind of business person can’t figure out that healthy employees are more productive? What kind of CEO can’t figure out that health insurance will make employees more loyal and, thus, harder working? I’m sure Tankel considers himself a good, upstanding, moral Christian/Jew/Scientologist (I don’t really know but the odds suggest he is not an atheist) but his overriding concern is money and the health of his employees is secondary (or tertiary or maybe somewhere in the top 100 things. Or the bottom 100). Frankly, I don’t need to patronize the business of someone with so little concern for the people and communities that make his business possible.

Someday, when Tankel is forced to give his employees health care and he finally figures out that not only did it not destroy his profit margin but actually benefited the entire economy and made him even more money, I might consider going back.


5 comments for “I’ll Miss You Applebee’s But Your CEO Is A Dick

  1. November 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Support your LOCALLY OWNED eateries.

    • Joan
      November 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Amen. Franchises get to be franchises by cost-cutting as well as cost-saving (volume) measures.

    • John Sudduth
      November 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Absolutely. On top of all the economic benefits of spending money locally, local restaurants just tend to have more character about them.

  2. November 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Just think….with health insurance, a sick Applebees employee can go to the doctor instead of sneezing on your food.

  3. Bobobirdiebuddy
    November 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    It’s amazing these bums are going to stick it to their employees just to thumb their collective noses at the President. Screw the workers. We need to keep up with these companies and boycott them completely. So far it’s Applebee’s and Papa John’s that will never get another dime from me.

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