View Full Version : Pay what you want at Panera?


Eulogy
05-18-2010, 12:43 PM
Nonprofit Panera Restaurant: Pay What You Want At Pilot Location (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/18/nonprofit-panera-restaura_n_580316.html)

How will this work? How can they stop it from being overrun by homeless people?

slunken
05-18-2010, 01:55 PM
First person to bring up NIN or Radiohead in their argument gets shot in the face.

Eulogy
05-18-2010, 02:09 PM
i am actually curious as to what people think about this

what would you pay if you got, say, a half sandwich, some soup, a side, and a drink? it normally comes out to about $9, I believe. I can imagine throwing down $5 and feeling ok about it. Any less and I'd probably feel guilty unless I was completely broke and was scraping quarters together.

slunken
05-18-2010, 02:22 PM
There will always be people to take advantage of the situation. Do you really need a sandwich, soup, a side, and a drink if you're low on cash? But then again, to some people, free is free.

I'd throw down $3-$5 for half a sammy and a small pop.

slunken
05-18-2010, 02:34 PM
And I mean that. I need food. *logs off*

28if
05-18-2010, 03:23 PM
it would be awesome if this worked. i feel like it would be better if they charged the lowest amount possible, like at cost, and you could pay more than that as you wanted. or something.

cocksure
05-18-2010, 03:34 PM
there are places like that in berlin i think but they are run by anarcho communist utopists afaik

sppunk
05-18-2010, 03:36 PM
Panera has raped so many people for years with its shitty and insanely overpriced food everyone should take as much as they can eat - and pay only pennies on the dollar.

hnibos
05-18-2010, 03:38 PM
the chicken noodle there is legit

Eulogy
05-18-2010, 03:48 PM
Panera has raped so many people for years with its shitty and insanely overpriced food everyone should take as much as they can eat - and pay only pennies on the dollar.

i haven't gone much over the last year or so because i do find it to be overpriced. but it's not shitty.

chicken noodle in a bread bowl = win
bacon turkey bravo = win
bagels = win

Eulogy
05-18-2010, 03:49 PM
...also it's set up so the company doesn't lose money of the experiment fails

waltermcphilp
05-18-2010, 03:50 PM
I like panera, sounds cool.

I wonder if they use lesser products to cut back on the overhead.

slunken
05-18-2010, 10:09 PM
I think the last time I had Panera was 2003. Has it changed much?

Dogfighter28
05-18-2010, 10:14 PM
for the quality of food, it's not that overpriced

you can get about the same amount of food that you can at arby's for the same price or less

Sonic Johnny
05-18-2010, 10:22 PM
We have a place here that's run by Hare Krishna's that works the same way - pay by donation at the end of your meal. Big buffet style thing, really good food. They get away with it cause the whole thing is so pious and humble and shit that you feel really bad if you don't pay what your meal was worth.

Mablak
05-18-2010, 10:47 PM
Didn't Radiohead... already open a restaurant like this?

Dogfighter28
05-18-2010, 10:47 PM
Hail to the Beef

Dogfighter28
05-18-2010, 10:48 PM
Amcheesiac

killtrocity
05-18-2010, 11:08 PM
this doesn't work, it was covered in Freakanomics.. .well actually I can't remember... it works in certain situations



edit: source: http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/12/another-pay-as-you-wish-success-story/

Sonic Johnny
05-18-2010, 11:08 PM
Pablo Honey

28if
05-18-2010, 11:09 PM
this doesn't work, it was covered in Freakanomics.. .well actually I can't remember... it works in certain situations

we should email panera and let them know

slunken
05-19-2010, 07:52 AM
Didn't Radiohead... already open a restaurant like this?

BLAM BLAM BLAM

D.
05-19-2010, 04:59 PM
Hail to the Beef

Amcheesiac
i dunno, slunken, i chortled at these.

ATS
05-19-2010, 08:55 PM
as a furious right winger i would feel obligated to rip them off as often as i could

duovamp
05-19-2010, 11:52 PM
As a furious communist, I would feel obligated to rip them off as often as I could.

Starla
05-20-2010, 06:04 AM
Nonprofit Panera Restaurant: Pay What You Want At Pilot Location (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/18/nonprofit-panera-restaura_n_580316.html)

How will this work? How can they stop it from being overrun by homeless people?

i don't see how they will meet their overhead in the long term.

slunken
05-20-2010, 07:31 AM
I hope you guys realize that this is just a huge marketing gimmick.