Eight year Socialist experiment fails like all Socialist experiments

Let’s face it socialism is just state controlled charity where they force others to pay for the poor. With capitalism, the charity is consensual and often more effective and helpful as rich philanthropists are more interested in giving a man a fishing rod than a fish.

A cafe called Panera Cares was an experiment in socialism that was set up 8 years ago. The idea was that poorer patrons were allowed to pay whatever they wanted to pay for the food. The cafe called this  “paying their fair share.” This meant that rich pricks had to pay the full ( inflated) price stated on the menu in order to subsidise those less well off.

Panera founder and Executive Chairman Ron Shaich told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the St. Louis Bread Co. Cares Community Cafe in Clayton, Missouri, is imminently due to close because it was on a month-to-month lease and the store would have required a big investment.

The nature of the economics did not make sense,’ Shaich said.

Inflating prices on the menu in order to overcharge customers and allowing people who identify as poor to pay whatever they feel like wasn’t economically successful? Colour me surprised.

The idea for the Clayton cafe was to encourage people who could afford to pay the suggested price or more to do so, in effect subsidizing those who were more financially stretched.

‘We loved it, it worked well, it proved that the idea would work,’ Shaich said.

It worked for eight years until it didn’t work anymore.They’re closing because the economics didn’t make sense. But it worked well.

-louderwithcrowder.com

Meanwhile, in New Zealand others have flirted with charity cafes and found the following snags:

Cafe for Homeless not good for business.

[…] The cafe says it is aimed at the homeless and marginalised but doesn’t discriminate – business people and passers-by also frequent it, to the chagrin of other nearby eateries.

”We can’t compete with it […] ”It’s certainly killing off the food trade.”[…]”We actually have to drop our prices which we have done but we’ve also got to look at our overheads. You can only drop it to a certain level then can’t go any further.”
He said it was frustrating to see the cafe catering to the general population […]

While the cafe was aimed at those with little cash to spare, Lifewise was not in the business of turning people away […]
”One of the things that we worked out quickly is you can’t discriminate against someone because of the way they look… We are open and available to anyone and everyone.”

[…] Tony, a well-dressed businessman who declined to give his surname, left the cafe on his second visit with a $2.50 cup of soup.
He works nearby but said he and his colleagues weren’t sure whether they were welcome.
It was “embarrassing” to be taking advantage of such cheap food, he said.
“We’ve been a bit puzzled about it. You don’t know whether we’re meant to be there, whether they want our custom, or whether we’re taking food that’s meant to be cheap prices for someone else,” he said.
“That’s why I don’t go regularly, because it’s obviously for homeless people, charity or whatever, so we don’t know whether we’re meant to be in here or not.”‘

So, in other words, the problem with this charity cafe is it that it hurts the business of the cafes around it who need to make a profit and because it refuses to discriminate it sells cheap food to people who can easily afford it.


No need to feel shame’ Restaurant gives free meals to poor

[…] Mr Mohammed says he has 10-12 regulars, and others popping in too, but fears he soon won’t be able to keep up with demand. […]

In this case, once the owner started providing food for free he unsurprisingly created a demand for it.


Vegetarian cafe to again donate leftover food to Auckland City Mission, owner says

[…] Revive founder and owner Jeremy Dixon told the New Zealand Herald yesterday
he was “flabbergasted” after operations manager Lisa Burne was told by a Mission staff member their donations were no longer needed because the Mission’s homeless clients wouldn’t eat the healthy options.

Revive had been donating leftover food twice a week for six to eight weeks when they were given the boot […]

This one has to be my favourite given the recent debacle about tins of chickpeas and tomatoes being turned down by a women’s refuge. Even when it’s food is free not even the homeless want to eat vegetarian it seems.


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