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March 17th, 2009
02:00 PM ET

'Pay what you want' cafe

CNN's John Roberts speaks to Sam Lippert who lets customers pay what they can at his restaurant.
CNN's John Roberts speaks to Sam Lippert who lets customers pay what they can at his restaurant.

All this week we're breaking down the global recession with our "Road to Rescue" coverage.

But we're not just looking at the problems, but talking to people with solutions.

Yesterday, we told you about an Ohio cafe where business is booming... with a "pay what you want" menu.

Sam Lippert – the cafe's owner – joined us live to tell us how it's going


Filed under: Economy
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  1. Lin

    I have ripped out a rose garden and planted early spring veggies in that spot as a solutions to the rising grocery prices. I will be planting summer veggies soon. I do not know of any one that can not afford a $1.25 pack of seed to plant and some of the 'dollar' store sell seed for .25 a pack. I am planting more fruit trees instead of ornamental trees. I am a grandmother of 10 and Mother of 5 adult children. I have taught them how to grow food and survive in hard times. It is time to return to the basics and become self sufficient to survive the possible depression that is heading our way. My Mother was in a family of 18 children who survived the Great Depression. She is now 81 and continues to work a full time job. She does not have to work, but she chooses to work. It is a family heritage to be productive and not be dependent on others to survive. A lot of today's society could take lessons from those who survived that time in our history.

    March 18, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  2. chris g

    I think it is a wonderful idea.. this country needs more people and businesses like this!! Imagine what it must feel like to patronize an establishment that trusts people will do the right thing! Rare these days.

    March 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  3. Otis Smith

    What about sales taxes and Income taxes? Does he pay what he thinks the government needs?

    March 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  4. RJ

    Perhaps the term Europe was used very loosely in this article. I have been in many places in Europe, but I never had a choice of what to pay for my order in a restaurant or cafe.

    March 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm |