Panera Bread Robbed at Gunpoint Just Days After Asking People to Leave Guns at Home

August 15 2014
by GSL Staff
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Edited to add: Looks like the story sent to us from a reader was from several months ago. We’ll pay more attention to the publication dates of reader submitted stories in the future. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Panera Bread restaurants has become the latest company to ask customers to leave their guns at home.

The company released the following statement.

“Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth,” the company said in a statement released Monday. “This warmth means bakery-cafes where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome. To this end, we ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer. Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates.”

The CEO expanded on the statement during a phone interview with MSNBC,

“The request is simply we recognize everyone’s rights,” said Panera CEO Ron Shaich during a phone interview Monday. “But we also recognize that we are building communities in our cafes and are where people come to catch a breath.”

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