In the seven years since, “we served probably a half-million meals through this cafe, all at no set prices, as a gift to the community,” Shaich said in a phone interview with the Post-Dispatch. He said customers paid, on average, about 85 percent of the suggested price, proving, he said, “that people are fundamentally good.”
“We loved it, it worked well, it proved that the idea would work,” Shaich said.
The company opened similar cafes in Chicago; Dearborn, Michigan; Portland, Oregon; and Boston. Only the Boston location remains open.
The Chicago location, called Panera Cares, opened in June 2012 in Lakeview, on Diversey Parkway just east of Clark Street. It closed in January 2015. At the time, reports said the Panera Bread Foundation, which ran the nonprofit cafe, didn’t renew the café’s lease “due to changing economics.” Panera didn’t immediately respond to a request for more information on that closure Thursday.
People are fundamentally good?
Then why are you shutting down? The reason set prices are enforced is because people ARE NOT FUNDAMENTALLY GOOD. The good people couldn’t overpay enough to keep the deadbeats from having the doors shuttered.
People shoplift, people steal, people scam welfare benefits, they jump borders, they rig elections with voter fraud, they leave men to die at an invaded consulate, they laugh about getting child rapists set free, they donate used underwear to get a tax deduction. There are all sorts of rotten people.
Please. Socialism does not work.