Boston -The Panera Bread Foundation said its Panera Cares cafe in Boston is now officially open. A recent Globe story described how this cafe differs from most others in a chain of more than 1,600 restaurants: “There is no cash register at the Panera cafe near Government Center in Boston. There are no prices either — just suggested donations and bins to leave money, if you can afford to.”At the cafe at 3 Center Plaza, the idea is to provide a place where everyone can eat with dignity, regardless of their ability to pay. Now that the site is open, it’s up to the community to sustain it. All consumers have to do is cover its direct operating costs. They do so by donating for their meals and leaving a little bit more if they’re able to help cover the costs of the meals of customers who cannot contribute. This is a pay-it-forward model and will only work if the community supports it and one another.”
So let me get this straight? Panera wants me to pay extra for my chicken caesar salad, onion soup and full baguette so some homeless dude can eat on my dime? Haha. No chance bro. I already got enough freeloaders mooching off me. My wife, sales guy, Neil etc. I’ve paid my debt to society. I’m not looking to give anybody any handouts. Hey broke dude, you want to eat at Panera? How about you get a job like everybody else. Not to mention the fact that there is no way everybody is going to follow this honor system. There are going to be some Gordon Gecko’s out there eating for free. I’d rather starve 10,0000 homeless people than let one rich guy take advantage of my good naturedness.
PS – One last question. Panera Cares must divide the restaurant into two eating sections right? One for homeless people and one for not homeless people? Like let’s assume that “Johnny Save The World” wants to feel good so he goes to this store and pays double. I still don’t care how nice you are nobody wants to rub elbows with bums while eating lunch right?