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(The Consumerist)   Panera opens "Panera cares" restaurants, where you can eat and pay only what you can afford. As you can imagine, some people are seriously unhappy about this   (consumerist.com) divider line 111
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2012-10-05 12:16:14 AM
"I don't see any more of that now than I saw before at all," he explains. "Before it was all relatively affluent neighbors and now it's a mix of affluent neighbors and folks that aren't as affluent."

I think I've found the correlation.
 
2012-10-05 01:03:59 AM
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2012-10-05 01:45:49 AM
Welcome to 2010.
 
2012-10-05 01:47:16 AM
FTFA: "A crowd of guys won't let you though a sidewalk. That's invasive."

Police have met with community leaders to discuss concerns about homeless people in the area of the Panera Cares, but say there is no proof of a correlation between the restaurant's opening and any increase in crime.


What I'm seeing here is that people are annoyed that they have to encounter and, gasp, be PHYSICALLY NEAR homeless people that they have lived near probably for years. People that aren't actually committing any crimes.

It's a good thing Panera cares, because the people of Chicago sure farking don't.
 
2012-10-05 01:56:00 AM

fusillade762: Welcome to 2010.


Yeah. I had a co-worker who went to the Portland version of this idea from Panera a lot, and, well... He didn't pay much either. Honestly I'd feel ripped off at Panera if I spent more than $4 or so, so maybe I just can't be that harsh.
 
2012-10-05 02:30:08 AM

Mentat: "I don't see any more of that now than I saw before at all," he explains. "Before it was all relatively affluent neighbors and now it's a mix of affluent neighbors and folks that aren't as affluent."

I think I've found the correlation.


Indeed.
 
2012-10-05 02:30:19 AM
Thank goodness the Consumerist lets us all know about these outrages.
 
2012-10-05 02:30:28 AM
Wouldn't they be able to fix the zoning so charities like Panera Cares (and Goodwill and Salvation Army) are barred from setting up shop there?
 
2012-10-05 02:30:32 AM
North Side of Chicago whining. It's not even a problem. I can't stand white people a lot of the time.
 
2012-10-05 02:33:20 AM
Willing to bet most of the people who have a problem with the increase in homeless traffic vote for Obama in a few weeks
 
2012-10-05 02:34:30 AM
Both subby and the article writer appear to have missed out on 2010 and 2011. It was big news on Fark way back when, by now I'd assume everyone knows about the steadily expanding pay-as-you-want phenomenon actually leading to higher overall revenue in yuppieville. Appealing to white guilt works!
 
2012-10-05 02:34:36 AM
There are many days when I wish I could have an asiago roast beef sandwich for what I could afford...

/Doing on-site it support but paid as a csr
//with no bonus...
 
2012-10-05 02:37:40 AM
 
2012-10-05 02:38:18 AM
It's Saint Louis Bread Company, thankyouverymuch.
 
2012-10-05 02:43:56 AM

ThreeEdgedSword: North Side of Chicago whining. It's not even a problem. I can't stand white people a lot of the time.


I can't stand wealthy people a lot of the time. And by "wealthy" I mean well-off. Nobody whines like someone who's managed to surround themselves with other well-off people who have managed to convince themselves poor people don't exist any more.
 
2012-10-05 02:46:42 AM
Why actually change the name of the store with a big "we care" sign? Makes it look like a PR thing. Just do a stand up sign at the door or posters in windows. Farking American culture, we can't take a shiat without being self-promoting.
 
2012-10-05 02:52:43 AM
The article mentions they haven't seen an increase in crime in the immediate area. Well, duh. Who needs to rob someone when you can eat free and save all of your spare change to buy meth?
 
2012-10-05 02:53:09 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Wouldn't they be able to fix the zoning so charities like Panera Cares (and Goodwill and Salvation Army) are barred from setting up shop there?


Don't forget about IKEA too.
 
2012-10-05 02:54:38 AM

ThreeEdgedSword: North Side of Chicago whining. It's not even a problem. I can't stand white people a lot of the time.


Where were you the rest of the time?
 
2012-10-05 02:54:42 AM

i upped my meds-up yours: Why actually change the name of the store with a big "we care" sign? Makes it look like a PR thing. Just do a stand up sign at the door or posters in windows. Farking American culture, we can't take a shiat without being self-promoting.


So people know that it's not an actual Panera, and that there are homeless people about. It's to be avoided.
 
2012-10-05 02:59:10 AM
Meh, there's one of these on Michigan Ave in Dearborn. It looks pretty much like a regular Panera except that you pay a box in front of the cash register.

Sometimes there are a couple poor and/or homeless people in there.... OH NOES!!!!111!!!!one!! Know what they're doing every time I've been there? Eating food and drinking coffee in peace--the same thing I was doing.

Unless the Chicago location is attracting belligerent, drunk homeless folks and not kicking them out, it sounds like the locals need to un-bunch their panties.
 
2012-10-05 03:00:26 AM
Scumbags. Not the clientele, but the majority of you farkers.
 
2012-10-05 03:04:32 AM

foxyshadis: It was big news on Fark way back when, by now I'd assume everyone knows about the steadily expanding pay-as-you-want phenomenon actually leading to higher overall revenue in yuppieville


I have albums from a few Magnatune artists, which is all pay-as-you-go, and they do really well for themselves. For something digital where there is no cost for each additional copy, it makes a lot of sense. I don't know how well it will play out long term for things like food where each item has a discrete cost.
 
2012-10-05 03:10:47 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: pay-as-you-go


Sorry, pay-what-you-want
 
2012-10-05 03:19:53 AM
I know Panera....

I was the ONLY baker to GM in Saint Louis...

Panera is a mirror game...start thinking people!

It only Looks healthy!

that is all....
 
2012-10-05 03:22:08 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: foxyshadis: It was big news on Fark way back when, by now I'd assume everyone knows about the steadily expanding pay-as-you-want phenomenon actually leading to higher overall revenue in yuppieville

I have albums from a few Magnatune artists, which is all pay-as-you-go, and they do really well for themselves. For something digital where there is no cost for each additional copy, it makes a lot of sense. I don't know how well it will play out long term for things like food where each item has a discrete cost.


My experience with Magnatune has been, sadly, play an album once, skipping the interstitial ads, rock out, forget about it, repeat next month. There's some really good stuff, but I already have tons of good stuff, and it's really hard to get anyone else interested. I paid up for a couple of them back in the day, Falik was one, but never bothered with a subscription when I already had Pandora One.
 
2012-10-05 03:28:07 AM

Mentat: "I don't see any more of that now than I saw before at all," he explains. "Before it was all relatively affluent neighbors and now it's a mix of affluent neighbors and folks that aren't as affluent."

I think I've found the correlation.


Bingo.
 
2012-10-05 03:28:42 AM

robohobo: i upped my meds-up yours: Why actually change the name of the store with a big "we care" sign? Makes it look like a PR thing. Just do a stand up sign at the door or posters in windows. Farking American culture, we can't take a shiat without being self-promoting.

So people know that it's not an actual Panera, and that there are homeless people about. It's to be avoided.


LOL...your right..it is a 503c run by Panera...

just sayin'...
 
2012-10-05 03:29:01 AM

GratefullyAlive: I know Panera....

I was the ONLY baker to GM in Saint Louis...

Panera is a mirror game...start thinking people!

It only Looks healthy!

that is all....


You mean a multinational corporate chain's food isn't actually created by farm wives picking and milling their own grains onsite while artisan bakers pull it out of the oven just as you order it? Who'd have thought. "It's not poisonous" and "tastes better than Wonder Bread" is all I'm expecting for the rare visit to Panera.

/Olive Garden breadsticks are also the only edible thing there; it's hard to fark up baked goods when the recipe is tightly controlled.
//Homemade bread can be one of the world's tastiest creations, but I have no patience for kneading.
 
2012-10-05 03:29:20 AM

grinding_journalist: It's Saint Louis Bread Company, thankyouverymuch.


Came to say this.

/Work about a mile from the original "Pay What You Can" SLBC restaurant.
 
2012-10-05 03:41:41 AM

secularsage: grinding_journalist: It's Saint Louis Bread Company, thankyouverymuch.

Came to say this.

/Work about a mile from the original "Pay What You Can" SLBC restaurant.


on the Loop?

again....just askin'

ga
 
2012-10-05 03:43:44 AM

foxyshadis: GratefullyAlive: I know Panera....

I was the ONLY baker to GM in Saint Louis...

Panera is a mirror game...start thinking people!

It only Looks healthy!

that is all....

You mean a multinational corporate chain's food isn't actually created by farm wives picking and milling their own grains onsite while artisan bakers pull it out of the oven just as you order it? Who'd have thought. "It's not poisonous" and "tastes better than Wonder Bread" is all I'm expecting for the rare visit to Panera.

/Olive Garden breadsticks are also the only edible thing there; it's hard to fark up baked goods when the recipe is tightly controlled.
//Homemade bread can be one of the world's tastiest creations, but I have no patience for kneading.


A mixer with a dough hook could knead it for ya, or a bread machine (but YMMV quality varies).
I like kneading dough. It's like giving a sensuous massage to a sweet, quiet person you can eat later.
 
2012-10-05 03:46:02 AM

kingoomieiii: What I'm seeing here is that people are annoyed that they have to encounter and, gasp, be PHYSICALLY NEAR homeless people that they have lived near probably for years. People that aren't actually committing any crimes.


What about the crime of stinkin up the place?
 
2012-10-05 03:49:59 AM

WeenerGord: kingoomieiii: What I'm seeing here is that people are annoyed that they have to encounter and, gasp, be PHYSICALLY NEAR homeless people that they have lived near probably for years. People that aren't actually committing any crimes.

What about the crime of stinkin up the place?


We're supposed to pretend that bums, much like the obese, don't smell to high heaven.
 
2012-10-05 03:49:59 AM

i upped my meds-up yours: Farking American culture, we can't take a shiat without being self-promoting.


Tycho is being a douche
 
2012-10-05 04:07:41 AM
two farking years ago
 
2012-10-05 04:11:38 AM
Wow. Welcome to three years ago, Subby. Panera's been doing this here since then. The only problem they had is with high-schoolers wanting to eat for free. They've since put a guy out front telling everyone that they are expected to pay for their meals. As I understand it, they're actually doing much better, money-wise, than the standard outlets.
 
GBB
2012-10-05 04:51:03 AM
"Pay what you can afford"?? So, naturally, all the rich customers were paying hundreds for their meals, right??
 
2012-10-05 04:53:05 AM

GBB: "Pay what you can afford"?? So, naturally, all the rich customers were paying hundreds for their meals, right??


Seriously, rich people are just so farking evil, right? How dare they have more money than other people!
 
2012-10-05 05:06:30 AM

E5bie: I like kneading dough. It's like giving a sensuous massage to a sweet, quiet person you can eat later.


Well I think I know what sort of online forums you hang out in when you're not here.

/And parts of Second Life
 
2012-10-05 05:20:34 AM
Rich folk offend by Poor folk getting too close .
 
2012-10-05 05:38:04 AM

robohobo: GBB: "Pay what you can afford"?? So, naturally, all the rich customers were paying hundreds for their meals, right??

Seriously, rich people are just so farking evil, right? How dare they have more money than other people!


You'd think rich people and their lackeys (like you) would have a thicker skin.
 
2012-10-05 05:49:24 AM

lewismarktwo: robohobo: GBB: "Pay what you can afford"?? So, naturally, all the rich customers were paying hundreds for their meals, right??

Seriously, rich people are just so farking evil, right? How dare they have more money than other people!

You'd think rich people and their lackeys (like you) would have a thicker skin.


Oh, I'm rich, not a lackey. I don't even HAVE lackeys.
 
Skr
2012-10-05 05:51:08 AM
Heard about these previously, interesting idea. I'd still probably pay menu price. Really like their ham & swiss on rye with spicy mustard. With french baguette as the side though- their chips are about as bland as healthy chips can be heh.
 
2012-10-05 05:58:24 AM
I'd like to see this expand. I'd go to Panera more often if I could get the Sierra Turkey sandwich and a fountain drink for $6.00, instead of the $8.50-ish I have to pay now.
 
2012-10-05 06:14:12 AM
Jesus would throw out these moochers too, I'm sure of it.
 
2012-10-05 06:16:00 AM
How about "pay what it's worth". A turkey sandwich for $9? yeah, go to the foodway grocery store across the street and get the same thing for $1.00. Difficulty: you have to put the meat on the bread yourself. So it's, like, more work.
 
2012-10-05 06:19:16 AM

ThreeEdgedSword: I can't stand white people a lot of the time.


People who annoy you?
 
2012-10-05 06:37:03 AM
Ah, Lakeview douche-bags. Neck and neck in the race with Lincoln Park for douchiest douches.
 
2012-10-05 06:42:58 AM
Open one of these in Houston. I need a new failure to laugh at.
 
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