• Sun, Dec 16 2012

We Didn’t Want To Buy Your Crappy Pizza Anyway, Domino’s

shutterstock_41557003Domino’s pizza sucks- and not just because I am a born-and-bred New Yorker. No self-respecting pizza-lover would buy this crap, but just in case you find yourself desperately hungry and craving delivery one night – think again. Not only does their pizza suck, but their founder is suing the federal government over Obamacare’s contraception coverage.

Tom Monaghan says contraception isn’t health care, but a “gravely immoral” practice. From Gawker: “This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise considering Monaghan’s previous support of pro-life and conservative causes. In the past, he’s backed groups such as Operation Rescue, Right to Life, Priests for Life, and the Committee to End State-Funded Abortion in Michigan.”

I usually prefer my pizza without a side order of politics, but in this case – I’m glad it’s all out in the open. Remember when fast-food chains just served food and didn’t take stances on things like birth control and gay marriage? That was fun. You could just eat whatever you wanted without worrying about backing some totally ignorant, pro-life, anti-woman, anti-humanity agenda. Those were the days.

Monaghan offers health insurance to his employees, but it doesn’t include coverage for contraception or abortion. The new federal law requires employers offer coverage for contraception, or face fines. According to the Huffington Post, “Monaghan says the law violates his rights, and is asking a judge to strike down the mandate.”

Frankly, I don’t understand how these laws can possibly violate an individual’s rights. Oh yeah, that’s because they can’t. Domino’s is a business, not a person. It can’t have religious obligations, just like it can’t have a favorite color, favorite boy-band, or favorite flavor of ice-cream.

According to Snopes, the pizza chain once addressed the reproductive rights issue on their FAQ page:

Domino’s Pizza LLC has never supported organizations on either side of the reproductive rights issue. The corporation and its 1,825 independent franchise owners across the world have one goal: to sell pizzas and grow our market share. We can’t accomplish that goal if we alienate potential customers, as this issue certainly would.

If the statement still exists, I couldn’t find it anywhere. Hopefully Monaghan will fail miserably with this ridiculous litigation. In the meantime, I won’t miss the pizza anyway.

(photo: Mike Flippo/ Shutterstock.com)

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  • Andrea

    Yeah up yours anyways Domino’s. Your pizza sucks BALLS and now that I know you won’t even provide decent benefits for your employees, I have even less of a reason to buy it. Your greed knows no limits. Take your “dough” and choke on it.

  • CMJ

    This worked out really well for Papa John’s.

  • A. Levy

    Had you read the last paragraph of the snopes entry, you would see that Monaghan’s views no longer relate to Domino’s, as he sold his stake to Bain Capital in 1998. http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/dominos.asp

  • A. Levy

    From snopes.com: “Whatever one might think of Tom Monahan’s selection of social causes, and no matter how one views the question of direct versus indirect underwriting of them via pizza monies, it’s all moot now. These days none of the revenues that flow into Domino’s reach this controversial man, so no portion of what a customer pays for a medium pepperoni-and-cheese funds the causes he supports. Monaghan sold his Domino’s Pizza empire to Bain Capital Inc. for $1 billion in 1998. He now runs the Ave Maria Foundation, which supports Ave Maria College, a separate law school and a system of elementary schools.”

    • Psshhhttt

      What, another Mommyish article written withough fact checking?? You don’t say….He also owned the Detroit Tigers at one time in the 1980s. BOYCOTT BASEBALL!!!!!

    • K.

      The article itself seemed to be talking about the fact that he was suing the Federal Government for having to provide contraception in employee healthcare benefits. So–and I’m really asking this as a genuine question because I dont’ know the answer and am having trouble finding it–who is the plaintiff in this situation? I don’t htink it’s Tom Monaghan as private citizen; I think it has to be Tom Monaghan as employer…of something. If it’s not Domino’s, what is it? The Law School? The Foundation? The College?

    • Psshhhttt

      I am not positive, but I think he is in property management/real estate. It could be in conjunction with the Catholic schools he is involved with as well. He still owns the large office complex where I belive Domino’s HQ is still located, but he has not been associated with the company since the 90′s. (I grew up nearby which is why I know a little bit about it). I just find it irresponsible on the author’s part to report that the pizza chain is involved. She isn’t hurting Mr. Monaghan at all – she is hurting the drivers and other employees whose jobs depend on the success of the company. She is doing more harm to the working class and I hope she prints a retraction.