What if you opened a restaurant where customers could order anything on the menu and then pay whatever they pleased for it? “Thank you for that delicious broiled seafood platter, my good woman! Here is a nickel. Don’t spend it all in one place!”
Well, Panera Bread tried that in its chain of restaurants–“Take what you need, leave your fair share” was the slogan–and for some mystifying reason, is going out of business. As of tomorrow, no more Panera restaurants (https://pjmedia.com/trending/panera-breads-socialist-pay-what-you-want-experiment-fails-miserably/).
How come all these socialist experiments fail so miserably? Like, they don’t even work when you have guys with guns standing over everybody and threatening to kill you if you don’t obey.
There is a difference between charity and stupidity. Socialists don’t know the difference. One reader, commenting, called the whole business a “virtue-signalling stunt.” Hit that nail right on the head.
Many restaurants donate leftover food to various charities. More would do it, if the government didn’t interfere: they like to control everything, you see.
But who are you helping when you freakin’ go out of business? Certainly not your suddenly-jobless employees. Certainly not any poor people who show up at your boarded-up windows.
Here is something that SJWs and other nincompoops don’t know and can’t understand. You have to make a certain level of profit, or else your business simply won’t survive. If they were in the real world, they would see that in action every day.
If you want to give a lot of money to charity, you have to have a lot of money. Yeah, but! In socialism it’s other people’s money that you give away! Go stand in front of a Panera restaurant tomorrow, sunshine. It’ll teach you a lesson in socialism.