Panera Bread Pay What You Can Stores

by Thomas Brady


Founder Ronald Shaich explained in an interview with the Associated Press, “[paying less than the retail value of your meal when you can afford it] is like parking in a handicapped spot.”

Agreed. But he didn’t stop there. He went on to say, “The lesson here is that most people are fundamentally good.”

I’ll never understand that mindset. If that’s true, then what’s the explanation for the rest of us - the ones that are not included in “most people” in his sentence. Are they fundamentally evil? So it’s good guys and bad guys? How do you know who is which?

I think that’s a dangerous thing to convince yourself of. It makes it way too easy to think in terms of us versus them. I don’t think we’re all in the same boat. I don’t think there are special people who are either better or worse than everyone else. Of course, I’m oversimplifying here, too.

Well, good on ya, Panera, for this program.