Customers Wait Hours For 23-Cent Pizzas In Ohio

Maybe Cleveland Cavaliers fans can hope for cheap gas if an oil company insults All-Star LeBron James.

Lines were so long Thursday at some of the 86 Papa John’s stores offering a large, one-topping pizza for 23 cents that police stood nearby to make sure people didn’t get unruly.

The Louisville, Ky.-based company agreed to the offer after a franchisee in Washington, D.C., made T-shirts calling star LeBron James a “crybaby.” The shirts referred to James’ complaints about hard fouls during a playoff series victory over Washington. The company also will donate $10,000 to the Cavaliers Youth Fund.

The 23-cent price of a pizza is a homage to James’ jersey number.

“It’s a recession busting offer, and we certainly hope we have made it up to Cleveland,” Tim North, vice president of the company’s northeast division, told WEWS-TV.

One or two people even came by jet charter just for the bragging rights.

There were a few headaches, mostly complaints about long waits and line-cutting.

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