As the first crowd of customers filed into Panera's nonprofit restaurant here, only the honor system kept them from taking all the food they wanted for free.

Ronald Shaich, Panera's chairman, admitted as he watched them line up that he had no idea if his experiment would work. The idea for Panera's first nonprofit restaurant was to open an eatery where people paid what they could. The richer could pay full price — or extra. The poorer could get a cheap or even free meal.

A month later, the verdict is in: It turns out people are basically good...

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484 hits 3.0 (3 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 4 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think non-profit restaurants are a good idea?
As the first crowd of customers filed into Panera's nonprofit restaurant here, only the honor system kept them from taking all the food they wanted for free.

Ronald Shaich, Panera's chairman, admitted as he watched them line up that he had no idea if his experiment would work. The idea for Panera's first nonprofit restaurant was to open an eatery where people paid what they could. The richer could pay full price — or extra. The poorer could get a cheap or even free meal.

A month later, the verdict is in: It turns out people are basically good...

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4 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/28/10 - 12:09:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't trust anyone so I think it's a horrible idea...the honor system doesn't exist...
4 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/28/10 - 11:08:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Even if the honor system did work, how could the restaurant earn enough money to cover their operating expenses?
4 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/28/10 - 11:13:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
of course it's a good idea.

if people don't pay, they feel like jerks.
this happens all the time.
at regular restaurants, it's pretty much expected that everyone leave a tip.
even at small community functions, there's sometimes hotdogs or whatever with "suggested donation: $3"
and everyone pays it. because nobody wants to look stingy

but genuinely poor people are going to use it as they need to, I think.

I could see my mother going to one of those and just taking armfuls, though. she does that with food banks...
4 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 6/29/10 - 4:43:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 6/28/10 - 11:08:09 PM LushusPigeon wrote:
Even if the honor system did work, how could the restaurant earn enough money to cover their operating expenses?


The one in the article says it does - because some people pay more to help out.
4 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 6/29/10 - 4:50:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 6/28/10 - 11:08:09 PM LushusPigeon wrote:
Even if the honor system did work, how could the restaurant earn enough money to cover their operating expenses?
On Tuesday 6/29/10 - 4:43:17 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
The one in the article says it does - because some people pay more to help out.


The article actually says that they aren't making enough to cover their expenses yet, but they hope to "within months"...
4 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 6/29/10 - 10:55:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I see it as an interesting social experiment, but I'm skeptical of it as a business plan.
4 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 6/29/10 - 11:26:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's a great idea, but apparently there has to be an age limit if you want to get food for less than the posted price.
4 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 6/30/10 - 12:28:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
I remember hearing about a similar experiment, involving video games. People could choose to download a bundle of games for however much they wanted to pay. The bundle of games was estimated to cost around $80 retail. The average person paid a little over $8 dollars.

It's interesting to see how different people are when they aren't anonymous.
4 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 9/15/10 - 4:54:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 6/29/10 - 10:55:12 PM anidiot wrote:
I see it as an interesting social experiment, but I'm skeptical of it as a business plan.

This.



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