Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich has announced his chain’s new anti-gun policy.
Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth. 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.
Panera revealed the statement after consulting with gun control cult Moms Demand Action.
The backlash against Panera’s decision has been overwhelmingly negative according to this CNBC poll.
Coincidentally, a poll of armed robbers has concluded that the restaurant chain is now a great place to conduct a “working lunch” (I’m kidding).
In all seriousness, Panera is well within their rights to ask customers to leave their firearms at home. They get to deal with the ramifications—both positive and negative—of their decision to proactively interject themselves into gun politics.
If Panera’s business declines as a result of this decision, then it will be interesting to see if CEO Ron Shaich keeps his job.