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Panera's Socialist Pay-What-You-Want Restaurant Implodes: Students, Homeless Mob The Place

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Panera's Socialist Pay-What-You-Want Restaurant Implodes: Students, Homeless Mob The Place

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A Panera Bread restaurant is seen on the day it is announced that the Panera Bread company is acquiring sandwich rival Au Bon Pain on November 8, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Joe Raedle / Staff / Getty Image

By PAUL BOIS

February 6, 2019

According to Eater, after nine years of being in business, Panera Bread's socialist pay-what-you-want restaurant, Panera Cares, will officially be closing shop on February 15 due to the business model's unsustainability.

While Panera Cares billed itself as a "non-profit" restaurant designed to feed low-income people, the business model was anything but. Rather than create a charitable organization that distributes food to needy families or a discount outlet or even a $1 menu (like every other fast-food restaurant), Panera tried to create a socialist system in which meals were offered at a suggested donation price. That means some people would pay more while others would pay less based on what they felt like or could afford. By not simply offering food at a low price (hat-tip, Dollar Tree), Panera completely removed any incentive for patrons to meet even the lowest standards of consumer/retailer exchange. The result: some people paid their fair share while others enjoyed a "free lunch."

Upon opening the first Panera Cares in 2010, the company founder Ron Shaich said the cafe was designed as a quasi-test on human sensibility to raise awareness about food insecurity. "In many ways, this whole experiment is ultimately a test of humanity," Shaich said in a TEDx talk. "Would people pay for it? Would people come in and value it?"

Panera Cares went on to open five locations in cities like Dearborn, Portland, Chicago, Boston, and St. Louis. None of the restaurants were self-sustaining, with some locations reportedly being "mobbed" by students along with homeless people looking for a free meal.

"The Portland-based Panera Cares was reportedly only recouping between 60 and 70 percent of its total costs," reports Eater. "The losses were attributed to students who 'mobbed' the restaurant and ate without paying, as well as homeless patrons who visited the restaurant for every meal of the week. The location eventually limited the homeless to 'a few meals a week.'"


Though Shaich said the restaurants tried to educate people about "sharing responsibly, people ultimately came to the locations for a handout."

"We had to help them understand that this is a café of shared responsibility and not a handout," Shaich said in a 2011 interview about the Portland location. "It can’t serve as a shelter and we can’t have community organizations sending everybody down."

https://www.dailywire.com/news/43105/paneras-socialist-pay-what-you-want-restaurant-paul-bois
 

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I LOVE IT !! :dduck::dduck::dduck:
 

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we can’t have community organizations sending everybody down
Classic;

Teaching people to fleece others, in their own community, in an organized manner


hmmmm
i'd hate to be the employee who had the task of cleaning their public restrooms, yikes
sit in one of their booths, expecting to have a meal, only to discover you've sat in someone elses 'liquid'? spilled water?, what?
yuck

I'm shocked these people kept their 'tax haven' open for so long, 8 years or so?

money pit, all written off to off-set their 'real income' from their other business', except they found out charity is often required by those who are not just less fortunate but behave less socially, maybe by original design, and, as it does offer lots of personal views of life lessons, for those who play along on either side of the issue, it's a costly event and i think the homeless should be gathered up and helped, not left to wander the streets being used as guinea pigs in this faux social experiment which, from where I sit, offered up nothing new and in the end, the homeless are once again going hungry

It Solved Nothing
(except for the tax thing):dog:
 

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seeking morality in an immoral shithole?

it would work only in a VERY select morality-demographic situation.....such as the demo that patronizes this place. see coming membership drive for proof

still cherish my gim silver rounds from way back when - this the minuteman version

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seeking morality in an immoral shithole?

it would work only in a VERY select morality-demographic situation.....such as the demo that patronizes this place. see coming membership drive for proof

still cherish my gim silver rounds from way back when - this the minuteman version

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That's it right there. And it caught my attention in the OP with this line:
Panera Cares went on to open five locations in cities like Dearborn, Portland, Chicago, Boston, and St. Louis. None of the restaurants were self-sustaining...
There are few locations in the US less hospitable to any form of honor based anything. What were they thinking?
 

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I look forward to their next restaurant concept where the students and homeless eat free and rich patrons pay thousands of dollars for a lunch to balance the budget. I'm sure the owner will be shocked to find that the rich stop dining there.
 

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I look forward to their next restaurant concept where the students and homeless eat free and rich patrons pay thousands of dollars for a lunch to balance the budget. I'm sure the owner will be shocked to find that the rich stop dining there.
Can you say Globalism?
 

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That's it right there. And it caught my attention in the OP with this line:

There are few locations in the US less hospitable to any form of honor based anything. What were they thinking?
Is it possible that these stores were being .gov subsidized and the money ran out?

In which case, once again we paid for yet another failed experiment.

Otherwise, I cannot see any rationale for such a ridiculous business model.
 

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Is it possible that these stores were being .gov subsidized and the money ran out?

In which case, once again we paid for yet another failed experiment.

Otherwise, I cannot see any rationale for such a ridiculous business model.
Would not surprise me if they were gooberment subsidized. Could it have been done to show what happens with socialism? Nah.
 

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Does the fkin idiot that started this still work for Panera?? Is there one person in this country that would not believe leaches from the corner of every block for miles and miles would flock to this socialist mecca, WOW
 

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Can you imagine what the place smelled like?
 

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So long as the government wasn’t involved I think it was a good experiment.

I think what was missing was the social aspect of it. The only way it can work is if enough people actually care about the burden they are causing.

With no religious, racial or some sort of cultural glue to keep it together I don’t see it succeeding.
 

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Perhaps if they had a jar that people could drop coin in to pay for someone else's order. Maybe in a week there would be enough to buy a cup of joe.
 

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So long as the government wasn’t involved I think it was a good experiment.

I think what was missing was the social aspect of it. The only way it can work is if enough people actually care about the burden they are causing.

With no religious, racial or some sort of cultural glue to keep it together I don’t see it succeeding.
So long as the government isn't involved, it's not socialism. It's charity, which is a very good thing, so long as it is voluntary of free will.
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It was a fantastic business model! They went about this bass akwards.

It's ok for the customer to pay what they can afford......... but then........ the employees should have had to pay all the bills first, food, taxes, electric, water, sewer, building maintenance, toiletpaper, nest egg, etc...... & then split the remaining profits for their wages! That would have cured the employees if they could find any dumb enough to even work there........ Who says socialism can't teach us something positive!
 

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That's it right there. And it caught my attention in the OP with this line:

There are few locations in the US less hospitable to any form of honor based anything. What were they thinking?
They put them in leftist run cities. Free shit mecca's populated by parasitic losers that have no class and even worse manners. Had they put them in a industrial park where people actually work and produce things they probably would have been profitable and would still be open.

But the left hates us.


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Panera Cares..to me, charity should be administered quietly and humbly. Panera Cares is a neon 'look at me'.

We were at a hip bar on New Years Eve, one of the draws was free champagne at midnight. About 11:30 all these Emmitt Kelley looking characters start showing up complete with floppy hats and worn clothes, the local skid row is only a few blocks away. Harmless types, it was kind of fun to watch.
 

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Would not surprise me if they were gooberment subsidized. Could it have been done to show what happens with socialism? Nah.
Taxes, I don't have anymore $100 notes to send to DC, I'm out, flat out. No reason why, I'm OUT!
Q, if I may, what am I being offered that is worth that $100?, because I'm stuck, except for the roads, and near me they ain't too bad, perhaps a few other 'federal government cheese handouts, but, I can't figure out what it is that my government is doing 'for me', so, I'm kinda stuck for an answer...my neighbor can't understand either....

With no religious, racial or some sort of cultural glue to keep it together I don’t see it succeeding.
Honor, we have failed Personal Honor
Look who NY put into the HoR...LOL


With no vipers in the pit, we can easily figure out how to get out
with idiots, it's much more difficult


for everything EXCEPT
that which the 'globe' offers up to us, so, mitigate your costs, ymmv

eh, but the general sentiment seems correct
so

my 2¢

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There are few locations in the US less hospitable to any form of honor based anything. What were they thinking?
I missed this
Yep

musta got me to thinking

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But the left hates us.
Lately I've come to realize that these people, the left, probably hate themselves and they project it on everyone else.

i.e. I know I'm racist and I think that isn't good so I yell racist @ you because you must be worse.

What I'm trying to say is at its core they fear themselves so they seek to control that element that they assume is in everyone.

It's a political wing based on emotional projection and its lead by sociopaths.

I really believe that there is more than ideological differences here, extreme left is a pathology of some sort.
 
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They put them in leftist run cities. Free shit mecca's populated by parasitic losers that have no class and even worse manners. Had they put them in a industrial park where people actually work and produce things they probably would have been profitable and would still be open.

But the left hates us.

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You know as well as I do, that no matter where someone puts up a shingle that says free food, the free-sh*t army will find a way to get there and milk it dry.
 

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It's surprising that the banking elite don't fund the place just so they can pretend marxism works fine.
 

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Why not have a $10 minimum charge for a $15 plate? At least cover part of the cost. Or, clean the restroom for a burger, wash the dishes for a buttery flake croissant? They'd be beating down the door for a little food for work, right?
 

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Why not have a $10 minimum charge for a $15 plate? At least cover part of the cost. Or, clean the restroom for a burger, wash the dishes for a buttery flake croissant? They'd be beating down the door for a little food for work, right?
Yeah, don't hold your breath waiting for the work for food types.
 

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So, would this be considered a FreeShit Army insurgency? Or maybe an attack on a target of opportunity? I know Panera is still charging up the wazoo for their wares around here.
 

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Ate there once, food sucked. Wouldnt go back for the free shit menu
 

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What an asinine idea - - of course it was doomed to fail.

The company should have offered food in exchange for work.

Community gardens across the country thrive on this concept. Everyone works to grow their vegetable plots and then share their bounty with others.
 

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It's called a publicity stunt with a tax write off. Simple, and intelligent.
 

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FYI, That aint socialism. The (privately owned) Panera Bread company is providing the free sandwiches to the student slackers.

With socialism, gov't would own the restaurant and ration out the sandwiches. ;)
 

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I would gladly feed homeless people for free....on condition that they mop the floor, clean the bathrooms, etc...