HALF-PRICED PASTRIES, IF YOU'RE LUCKY ... It's never announced ahead of time a sign is simply slapped on the front door, usually at night, and usually if there are a lot of surplus pastries left. "It's pretty random," said a cashier at Paris Baquette, 383 University, Palo Alto, describing how the downtown bakery will sell its food items, such as green pea bread, sweet rice donuts or coffee buns, for half price at arbitrary times. "People are surprised when we do it. When that half-price sign goes up in the front, things move pretty fast. Customers love it," she said.
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