Some of you may have heard about the union protests going on in Madison, WI to save their collective bargaining rights. A subset of you may have heard about the pizza place in Madison who have been supplying pizzas to the demonstrators. The name of the pizza place is called Ian’s Pizza and they’ve been scrambling to keep up with the sudden influx of business, and how they started taking donations and well, I’ll just let them tell you….
“At the end of Tuesday night last week, we sent our leftover pizzas up to the Capitol. A Wisconsin woman heard about this somehow and called in with the idea of donating money to buy more pizzas for the protesters. Then a friend told a friend, who told a friend, it seems.” After a call from California, more calls from around the country, and a what-the-hell moment when someone called from Egypt to donate, the Twitter reports began flying and the floodgates burst. “We just got a $20 donation from Kenya,” said (Staci) Fritz, (office manager at Ian’s).
As anyone who has worked in the restaurant industry can tell you, an unexpected upsurge in business can be a curse as much as a blessing, and if you don’t have the infrastructure in place to handle that business, bad things can happen.
Ian’s is reporting now that they have addressed those issues, and now are able to handle the donations needed to feed the Madison supporters. They’ve given instructions on how you can help (if you’re one to support union workers).
From their web page:
Thank you all so much for visiting!
If you are here to learn how help feed the protesters in Madison, here’s how you can do that:
Call us at 608-257-9248, then press 1. As we have just three phone lines it may take a while to get through, and we apologize in advance for that.
For online ordering we have partnered with both badgerbites.com and campusfood.com to process our online orders. If you would like to order online, please put 115 State Street as the delivery address, and add in the notes that you would like to help feed the protesters.
While we thought about it, we will not be setting up a Paypal account, even though we realize that would make it easier. Please understand it’s not because we don’t want to help you out; we really just don’t want to over-promise & under-deliver.
It’s important to us as a business and as individuals that if we say we are taking your hard-earned money to help feed supporters, that we will make sure that happens. By taking phone calls and online orders only we can ensure that the money you spend with us does indeed get made into pizza that goes to the capital.
We truly appreciate all the enthusiasm, and know that many of you want to help feed the protesters, but we are also just one small business. Believe us when we say we are not really accustomed to getting pizza orders from the entire country (let alone internationally!)
Thank you for your understanding!