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At ‘Panera Cares,’ a test of human nature

When Panera Bread opens up at Government Center this month, a few key elements will be missing from the bakery and sandwich shop: There will be unattended collection buckets instead of cash registers and “suggested donations” instead of prices.

The store is the latest iteration of a worthy social experiment by Panera founder and co-chief executive Ron ­Shaich, a Brookline resident, to test human nature and, in the process, provide a new way to help feed the hungry.

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