Is it a bad thing to not want to hire stupid people? A pizza shop in Ohio is taking heat for putting up a sign that said “Now hiring non-stupid people.” Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio: Is it a bad thing not to want to hire stupid people? A pizza shop in Ohio is taking heat for putting up a sign that says we’re now hiring non-stupid people. I don’t know. What, okay, so they, they’re catching, they’re catching criticism because they’re saying, you know, we don’t want, we don’t want stupid people working for us. That doesn’t sound like such a bad thing. I guess we do it around our, you know, we are pretty smart people around here. I don’t think we’d put a sign out, but pick it up.

Farron Cousins: Yeah. You know, you’ve got this pizza, Santino’s Pizzeria, you know, just outside of Columbus, Ohio, they needed employees. So they put up a sign that they thought, this will be funny, now hiring non-stupid people. Well, of course it gets on the internet, everybody starts freaking out. And I, I don’t, I mean, for the life of me, look, I’m a, I’m a progressive guy. I’m on, online all the time. I don’t understand the outrage of this. Like, why, why is that, why are you mad about this? It’s a joke. They’re not literally pulling in potential applicants and saying, well, hang on there. Are you stupid? Ah, get the hell outta my. That’s not happening. It’s a joke.

Mike Papantonio: Exactly. It’s like Bill Maher and all the comics are saying right now, it’s like these folks need a safe space. I need a safe space. How dare you say something like that. It’s a joke. That’s all this is. I mean, and, and, and so, so, so this pizza, I think probably what we’re gonna find is it’s really improve their sales because the assumption is there’s no stupid people working there.

Farron Cousins: Well, and I will say too, look, you know, on, on my segments I do every day, I call people stupid, I think at least once a day. So I’m, I’m not, you know, above the fray on this.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: If, if it’s bad for me to call people stupid, I’m sorry. But if I see something stupid, I’m gonna call it stupid. I don’t think that’s discriminatory.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: And if this pizza place wants to make a joke, we’ve driven by businesses that have jokes on their boards and their signs. Churches will have jokes. It’s sometimes folks, focus on the bigger issues because a pizza place hiring not stupid people.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: Especially in Ohio where we, we’ve got a toxic plume of chemicals that could kill people.

Mike Papantonio: How about.

Farron Cousins: Maybe redirect the anger.

Mike Papantonio: How about leave your safe space for just a minute? How about that?

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.