A Papa John’s Employee Was Murdered, So Papa John Came to Pay His Respects

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Take note, bosses. Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter did the right thing when he traveled to Tennessee to attend the funeral of 22-year-old Papa John’s employee Gordon “Gordo” Schaffer on Saturday, a little over a week after Schaffer was murdered during an armed robbery.

In a post to the Remember Gordo Schaffer Facebook group, Schaffer’s sister, Devan Cronin, expressed her family’s gratitude:

“We never once imagined that this would touch anyone high up in the Papa John’s corporate office, let alone, John Schnatter. He was visibly distraught when speaking to my family about the tragic loss of my brother and it was apparent that he didn’t come just to pay lip service.”

While Papa John’s also paid for Schaffer’s funeral and medical bills, Cronin wrote, “This display of support was so much more meaningful than any monetary donation.”

According to the Tennessean, Schaffer was the lone employee working at the Columbia, Tennessee Papa John’s where he was employed the night he was killed, according to the Tennessean. Two armed robbers entered the restaurant demanding money, and upon complying, Schaffer was shot and he died before reaching the hospital.

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