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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 30
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2012-10-05 01:47:16 AM
14 votes:
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 02:59:10 AM
3 votes:
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 12:16:14 AM
3 votes:
"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 05:20:34 AM
2 votes:
Rich folk offend by Poor folk getting too close .
2012-10-05 03:00:26 AM
2 votes:
Scumbags. Not the clientele, but the majority of you farkers.
2012-10-05 02:43:56 AM
2 votes:

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 02:38:18 AM
2 votes:
It's Saint Louis Bread Company, thankyouverymuch.
2012-10-05 02:33:20 AM
2 votes:
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 01:45:49 AM
2 votes:
Welcome to 2010.
2012-10-05 09:48:44 AM
1 votes:
While I agree their stuff is ridiculously overpriced, they are *very* generous when donating to a local food bank. Props to Panera on that level for at least giving something back.
2012-10-05 09:06:40 AM
1 votes:
Isn't it racist to think that the bummy customers are not white? That's a little racial profiling going on right there.
2012-10-05 08:49:13 AM
1 votes:

karasoth: I would go to Panera bread much more if I got food for free/Only paid what I thought it was worth


i think the food is worth negative $10000 (emptys the cash register)
losers
2012-10-05 07:39:27 AM
1 votes:

foxyshadis: 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!


I call it human empathy, but if "white guilt" works for you, that's fine.
2012-10-05 05:38:04 AM
1 votes:

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 05:06:30 AM
1 votes:

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 04:53:05 AM
1 votes:

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!
GBB
2012-10-05 04:51:03 AM
1 votes:
"Pay what you can afford"?? So, naturally, all the rich customers were paying hundreds for their meals, right??
2012-10-05 04:11:38 AM
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-05 03:43:44 AM
1 votes:

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 03:29:20 AM
1 votes:

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 03:29:01 AM
1 votes:

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 02:54:42 AM
1 votes:

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 02:54:38 AM
1 votes:

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 02:52:43 AM
1 votes:
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 02:46:42 AM
1 votes:
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 02:37:40 AM
1 votes:
2012-10-05 02:34:36 AM
1 votes:
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 02:34:30 AM
1 votes:
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 02:30:32 AM
1 votes:
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 01:03:59 AM
1 votes:
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