[Insert quote from Casablanca here.] SURPRISE!! Panera’s Socialist Restaurant Closes Due to People Not Paying for Their Food.
Panera Bread was sure the economic system was the bees knees. Therefore, it created Panera Cares. The cool and different restaurant’s MO? It offered food at a “suggested donation” price.
Doesn’t that sound nice? Let’s all join hands and sing “Imagine” and just pay what we can afford. Personally, I’ve had my eyes on the Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero, suggested retail $8 million. I appreciate their suggestion; I’d like to give $124.92 — I have that exact amount on a Kohl’s merchandise card. I hope they like (sorta) high-quality yet affordable clothing and jewelry.
Panera Cares couldn’t EVEN make of go of it in the Deep Blue city of Portland.
[S]ix months after opening in 2011, leaders saw things at the Oregon cafe they hadn’t seen in Missouri or Michigan. Grant High School students mobbed the cafe daily, ordering multiple meals and not paying for them. Homeless people came for every meal — every day — as if the cafe was a soup kitchen. Hollywood neighbors complained of an increase in crime and loitering.
Anyone with 2 brain cells to rub together – and who hasn’t spent their entire life in walled/suburban enclaves – would have seen this coming. Somewhere they even mention “a sense of entitlement.” Gee, I wonder where they got that from? (Hat tip to SiGraybeard.)