There could be a good reason for Pappa John's to run out of pepperoni besides the recession. When we had our pizza place, we had 4 weeks in a row when our supplier showed up without the flour we ordered. Now, you don't just go to a local store and pick up 500 pounds of flour! We called the company and they had our flour sent by UPS, which I'm sure cost them a pretty penny. The following week the same thing happened. Turned out it was some kind of computer glitch in their company where the order wasn't making it to the warehouse or something. It took them a month to solve the problem, but they did ship our flour at their expense.