This Restaurant Actually Would Let You Dine And Dash (But You Won't Want To)

A crazy social experiment: Rent a restaurant. Give away the food.Do it again next week.


It's an experiment in generosity.

The people behind Karma Kitchen don't know, each week, if it's going to work. There's no plan B. If people didn't want to pay, it would ... stop. But it's been going strong since 2007. The data's in and the results are good.

The staff doesn't know what they're doing — and it absolutely doesn't matter.

At most restaurants, you want a waiter who knows the menu, has a handle on the niceties, smiles when taking your order. At Karma Kitchen, you'll get the smile. The waitstaff are volunteers, and what they lack in skills, they make up for in generosity.

You can connect with the people around you — but you don't have to.

No pressure here. If you want to think deeply about the meaning of sharing, go for it. But if you just want to keep to yourself, that's cool, too.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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