I found enough coins to treat myself to some coffee across the intersection at Panera Bread Company. When I reached the counter I saw a nice sign standing there with the Panera Bread company logo, colors, and 2008 copyright notice. I tried to take a picture, but my phone’s camera isn’t good and I don’t know how to get the pictures to my computer anyway. It basically said that they wanted to serve quality food at reasonable prices but that they wouldn’t buy inferior ingredients in order to keep prices down. As a result, prices will be rising. The price of wheat, the sign said, has increased 100% in the last few months (six, I think, but I’m not remembering clearly).
I tried to find some discussion of the sign in the blogosphere or on the company website, but no such luck. However I did find a couple of stories that were related:
Not sure what to say about this. Recently, I’ve found myself unable to buy a whole tank of gas. It is not because I don’t have the money in my account (for now at least). It is simply because some psychological point has been reaced and I just can’t stand to fill up the tank.
This might not do anything except force me to stop for gas more often. But I suspect it will also make me think twice about unnecessary driving.