Making me smile is this article on Panera. I always get a chuckle when I hear that name as I think of Panera Girl. Also, this part of the article makes me chuckle as it shows the best of intentions often smack into reality:
The Meal of Shared Responsibility was pulled Wednesday. Since late March, Panera had offered a single menu item, Turkey Chili in a Bread Bowl, at its 48 St. Louis-area restaurants. Customers set their own price for the purchase, though the suggested retail price (tax included) was $5.89.
The idea was that the needy could get a nutritious 850-calorie meal for whatever they could afford to pay, while those who pay above the company’s cost make up the difference.
The suburban St. Louis-based company served 15,000 of the meals, Panera’s founder and chairman, Ron Shaich, said in an interview with the Associated Press. But the experiment found flaws: Few needy people were participating, in part because most Panera locations in the region are in middle-class and affluent areas...
Have you spoken with Panera Girl lately, Conne?