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A CAFE in Cal­i­for­nia has thrown away its price list and now lets cus­tomers pay what they want.

The owner of the Metro cafe, Steve Snook, tried the ex­per­i­ment last Oc­to­ber to see if bet­ter-off cus­tomers would pay a lit­tle more so that poor and home­less cus­tomers paid less. Af­ter 30 days, he found the amount peo­ple paid over­all was around the same as be­fore. About half pay the usual price, a quar­ter pay more and the rest pay less. Only a very few pay too lit­tle. For some peo­ple it is just plain weird. Even so, the owner is car­ry­ing on with the idea. He says that run­ning the cafe is about more than just money. It is also about look­ing af­ter other peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

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