With six, you get bear hug
April 18th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
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The darndest things pop up in our inbox. Sometimes it's a press release about a $500 bowl of punch (and no, you don't get to keep the bowl) or an event headlined by Jimmy Buffet's sister. Other times it's an invite to breathe the same air as Guy Fieri or random information about crabs.

These are topics around which we can wrap our heads. Today, however, we're lightly boggled. From our pals at ABC's Nightline, a few excerpts of tonight's conversation between Andrew Cherng, CEO of Panda Restaurant Group (yes, the food court Panda people) and reporter John Berman:

Andrew Cherng, CEO Panda Restaurant Group: You know, Panda – We're not really selling Chinese food, you know. Our real purpose is about developing people. I think the biggest thing about Panda is the people that care about what they do.
John Berman: You sell a lot of food. What's more important here, food or caring?
Cherng: Caring.
Berman: But you can't eat caring.
Cherng: You certainly can.

Cherng: My favorite way to do business is the Landmark Education Forum.
Berman: There's a lot of hugging, I understand, that goes on.
Cherng: A little bit, yeah. It makes people feel good.
Berman: You're a supporter of hugging.
Cherng: Absolutely. Yes.

There are so very many moving parts to this - the work hugs, the impact of a what some consider to be "cult-like" personal training company on the day-to-day operations of a restaurant chain known primarily for food court orange chicken, and again - the work hugs. But for the moment, let's focus on the caring. The tasty, tasty caring.

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. michele

    I like fried caring.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  2. The Witty One

    Nothing says caring like the clap.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Queen of Everything@TWO

      Dude, if you got the clap from Panda Express then there were some serious health code violations going on!

      April 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
      • The Witty One@QOE

        It wasn't the Panda Express per se. It was really the dirty hookers at the mall that were getting orange chicken. Those hookers and their orange chicken....

        April 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • Sir Biddle@Wittiest Maximus

        Dirty hookers have to eat too.

        April 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • The Witty One@Sir Biddle the Great

        Yes they do...yes they do. I am trying to think of a comment that won't get mederated. Can't come up with one.

        April 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
      • RichardHead@Queen

        I hate it when they reuse those orange chicken chopsticks to pick up a guy's noodle....just sayin'.

        April 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • Queen of Everything@Richard

        Tsk, tsk, Richeypoo. Everyone knows that you don't allow orange things near your "noodle". That's how you become twig and berry-less.

        April 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  3. Godiva

    Caring tastes like smooth, rich, dark chocolate.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  4. JBJingles

    {{{{{{{{{hugs the mashed potatoes}}}}}}}}}}}}} YUM!

    April 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  5. Socrates

    Landmark Education Forum = EST, the 1970s era self-development series of classes that has been widely criticized as a cult. Be very, very careful here.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  6. Amayda

    Skittles or twizzlers. Generally, when my hubby and I get into a disagreement, he will get me those as a peace offering. :)

    April 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • JBJingles@Amayda

      Awww, that's really sweet!

      April 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  7. Evil Grin

    Mmmm. Caring.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  8. Queen of Everything@Panda Hugs

    I would love to hug a panda but I'm afraid it would rip my head off. *sniff, sniff*

    April 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  9. Sir Biddle@KAT

    Holy Jimmy Buffet's sister – do you know Lulu?!?!?!?!

    April 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
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