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Albuquerque Cafe Leaves Prices Up To 'Karma'

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CBSDFW.COM) - There is a new restaurant in Albuquerque that has adopted a unique strategy when it comes to prices. There are none. The menu lists a variety of food options for patrons to enjoy, but the cost is left in the hands of the customers.

You could even go there and eat for free.

The place is called Karma Cafe, and David Wade McCullough decided on this "pay-as-you-feel" philosophy after a vacation to Australia. McCullough told CBS affiliate KRQE that he was inspired, and he began the 'Food Karma' ideal three years ago with only a pop-up stand.

Now, the Karma Cafe has a place to call home. The location opened its doors on Tuesday, and McCullough stated that it is the support from others -- both his employees and his customers -- that have gotten him this far. "We've been volunteering mostly for three years to get it up and off the ground," he told KRQE.

The cafe operates on the belief that people want to do good. "Most people are fair and honest and want to contribute," added McCullough. "Even if people are, say, homeless or struggling, they still want to contribute or pay what they can."

"It's the concept of taking care of each other," customer Sidni Lamb told KRQE.

While some days are certainly more profitable than others, McCullough wants to continue practicing this philosophy. "Giving people a place -- a safe place -- where they can come and have something to eat," he said. And not feel intimidated by the little things -- like cost.

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