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Century Marks

Pay what you can: Imagine ordering what you want at a restaurant and then, instead of paying a bill, placing whatever amount you wish in a donation box. That’s what is happening in a former Panera Bread restaurant in St. Louis run by Ron Shaich, who just stepped down as Panera’s CEO. A sign at the entrance says, “Take what you need, leave your fair share.” Folks who can’t afford to pay are asked to give some of their time. Shaich plans to open more of such restaurants, to be called Panera Cares Cafes. But first the St. Louis facility must prove itself financially viable (USA Today, May 18).


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