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Panera Asks Customers Not to Bring Guns Into Its Restaurants
On Monday, Panera Bread became the latest U.S. company to ask customers to leave their guns at home.
The bakery-cafe chain joins Starbucks, Chipotle, Target and a handful of other restaurants and retailers in making such a request, which comes amid an increasingly heated debate over the role of guns in public places.
“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.”