A man wants to sue Papa John’s for texting him pizza deals. The man expects to be paid $500 for each annoying text for a pizza promotion. He said that he requested the texting be halted, but was given no reprieve. He’s angry and pizza-less, and is going after Papa John’s with the power of the law.
Papa John’s customer Jonathan Anozie hopes to see Papa John’s representatives in court. According to CNET, his lawyer gave a description of the pizza chain’s excessive texting in perfect legalese.
“Defendant’s calls directly and substantially interfered with Plaintiff’s right to peacefully enjoy a service that Plaintiff paid for and caused Plaintiff to suffer a significant amount of anxiety, frustration and annoyance.”
Anozie said he started receiving texts for pizza coupons in March of last year. Replying STOP didn’t work, so he decided to take the issue to court. It’s unclear just how many texts Jonathan received, but they were apparently enough to cause the Beverly Hills, California, resident major annoyance.
The Daily News reported how the man’s lawyers are using the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, designed to protect consumers from phone marketing, as legal grounds for the case.
Facebook is also facing lawsuits over texting cellphone users. The lawsuits are based on the fact that texting through automatic means without consent is illegal according to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. In some cases, recycled phone numbers are to blame. According to Media Post, it seems that the previous owner of a phone number had signed up for texts from Facebook, but that the later inheritor of the phone number couldn’t get the robo-texts to stop.
Amid the texting lawsuit, Papa John’s has started to test PapaPriority, a service that allows customers to request expedited pizza delivery. There is no set rate. It will vary at the discretion of the pizza chain, and could be canceled at any time. It does offer hope to people who might want their pizzas rushed out due to a family or business gathering, or just excessive hunger. The unlikely lawsuit probably won’t dampen the enthusiasm for Papa John’s pizza, one of the finest examples of a successful food chain.