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Tossing Food May Be Someone's Meal

Updated on June 19, 2019
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Kenneth is a natural-born southerner and grew up his entire life in the south where he has resided now for 63 years in Hamilton, Al.,

Seeing Is Believing.

Now You Have Seen It All

when you finish reading this piece. No, this is not a fairytale. No, this is not something that came from my imagination, although I would love to claim both statements, but I am here to share a COLD truth that I was privy to and see it for my own eyes--and still cannot fathom the heartless act being right here in my hometown.

Murdering? Theft? Drug-dealing? None of the three. Yes, each of the there things are UGLY and dangerous against American Society, but did you in your life ever let it enter your imagination that Food Could Ever Be Thrown Away In The U.S.A.? I should let you get your breath, because as I write this shameful act, I still cannot grasp it. To describe the Ugly Act Of Throwing Food Away, I would start by using the adjective: Dirty. Then use: Under-Handed. And an Insult to Free People everywhere in our world.

I said these things and I do not apologize. I mean them all. But, Kenneth, how could you come down on such a nightly-event that does not commit any form of crime anywhere? If you value people everywhere and their lives, you should feel outraged at what you have already read about Throwing Good Food Away In The Dumpster! I almost did it when I first witnessed the so-called "legal" act that is going on seven days week, 365 days a year, but only in the Restaurant Industry in America.

A Sad Moment Each Night: An Employee Tosses Uneaten Food Into Dumpster.
A Sad Moment Each Night: An Employee Tosses Uneaten Food Into Dumpster. | Source

My First Question Is

who in their right mind, would dare to propose such a dirty act in our country? To me, it is the same as legalizing Heroine, well, maybe not that cold, but close. But if you have ever witnessed needy people (and I do not say this in a cruel way) loading-up the real good food that the fast-food restaurant just chucked-away in their dumpster, then you would get a new understanding of the word "Hungry."

If I understand this nightly-act of tossing uneaten-but-good-food into their dumpster, the manager explained it this way: "if we were to GIVE the food to a needy-person or even sell the uneaten food for 75% off, and then that needy-person should be sick, they would sue (me) and this restaurant and we would be out of business."

My next and last question: "but what if a needy-person who gets the uneaten food (from this eatery) from your dumpster and then grows sick, what then?" The manager was not slow in replying, "well, legally, we could prove that the food was not fit for selling and the needy-people would really, be on their own if they get our food from our dumpster."

Frankly, both answers were far from making sense. In my humble opinion, food that is checked (in the kitchen) by a County Health Inspector and found to be okay, then why should a burger that is uneaten then thrown away go quickly bad? What I mean is this: the burger must be a record-holding "Speed Demon," to turn bad that quick.

And What About Those Needy-People

and do they know the risk that according to the restaurant manager when uneaten food is thrown away? The manager has already answered my question since the restaurant could prove that the food was unfit for selling, so the needy-people would be on their own, but how sharp are most needy-people. In my eyes, anyone, needy or otherwise, who would get food from any dumpster has no personal pride in themselves. Cold, but true.

This group of needy-people have lost everything from their home to their clothing, so what's a little free food? I also learned that the restaurant that I visited, is knowledgeable about the needy-people walking up every night at closing time, to just get an evening meal. My main question: did YOU ever in your lives, ever fathom that you and I would ever see the needy and hungry people be forced to eat from a dumpster?

Sadly,This Is Where A Lot Of People Eat Dinner Each Evening.
Sadly,This Is Where A Lot Of People Eat Dinner Each Evening. | Source

Then There's The Other Argument

that has (some) bearing to this awful situation. The people on this side of the dumpster always say, "well, these needy-folks can get a job--if they want it," and to that, I would be tempted to reply, "okay. Where?" Let one of these needy people clean-up the very best that they can and apply to the local McDonald's and see what happens. When the manger of McDonald's sees one of the needy-people asking for work, they (the needy-people), are instantly-judged by the torn and dirty clothes that is all they have to wear, and this is a ready-made excuse as to not hiring them for a job.

There are other excuses made by the McDonald's restaurants, but I see no use in talking about them. I think that we all have seen the ugly and the hungry sneak into the darkness and hope to God that someone in the restaurant was good enough to throw away the food was uneaten.

What a prayer to have to pray.

Everyone of us, including the managers of each eatery, should be ashamed.

Maybe the day will come.

June 19, 2019___________________________________________________

Dumpster Diving In  Linkoping Sweden Landed This Cache Of Food.
Dumpster Diving In Linkoping Sweden Landed This Cache Of Food. | Source

© 2019 Kenneth Avery


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      Ken Avery 

      5 months ago

      Elijah: your comment is very appreciated and I was very impressed at how you worded your comment.


      Write soon.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      I agree with "we are to have a reasonable attitude about us", Kenneth, and I have no intentions of changing you because you have your life and must follow your destiny.

      As a seven-year-old I made the statement "I want to be as free as a deer". I have found out via the life I've live that was Spirit planting in my mind how I was to live, read my "Freedom Discussed In Poetry" hub, so that is my "reasonable attitude about" myself and an innermost desire fulfilled. This isn't for everyone, only those who who expect to be saved into an eternal body during this civilization and especially the surviving 5% of this world's end who are to be saved in Armageddon Jesus called five wise virgins. I'm following my life's destiny just like everyone else is following theirs. Those to whom my views doesn't apply are those whose everlasting body is destined for a future time.

      I'm just rattling out my experiences so don't be judge by my different views concerning life.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Liz: well said. I was very impressed by the comment about your mom, who I think should win a Humanitarian Award because I know of no one who would go to such limits to take care of someone hungry.

      Bravo to her and to you for being a wonderful daughter.

      Enjoy your comments very much.

      Write soon and visit us soon.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Elijah: I agree with your comments up a point. While I agree on your scriptural point and forsaking all, I would think that we are to have a reasonable attitude about us.

      If I am wrong, just let's agree to disagree.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Linda: I am so glad that someone agrees that hunger, not only in America, is very serious. I know of three places that some health dept. supervisor ordered their unsold food to be thrown away. Talk about a slap in the face.

      I wish that I knew of the people in Washington, D.C., to write about this problem. I do not think it would hurt.

      Thank you for stopping by and write soon.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your article discusses important topics. Food waste and hunger are serious problems. Many people could make good use of the food that stores and restaurants discard. It makes no sense to throw away food that is still safe to eat when people are hungry.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      As I often reveal, Kenneth, in obedience to the Christ teachings to forsake everything civilization has to offer and go into all the world, I became houseless in 1976. Those were the "hay days" of the Hippy movement that I didn't connect with very much until 1984. During that time grocery stores put produce with minor bruises in dumpsters the Hippies gathered to make meals for themselves. America's legislators were bribed by Corporate America to force them to work by taking away their source of body nutrients, thus, grocery store dumpsters became compactors and it became illegal to give leftover good to them from eateries.

      You see, what was "the home of the brave and land of the free" became "the land of the (to money) slave and home of the (follow corporate money) me". One has to keep up with current events and trends to know unconstitutional legislating is being bought by this nation's greedy "Citizens United" bribers. That is why it is happening in this nation andNO OTHER REASON.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      Your article highlights an important issue. My mother worked in Africa before she married. When I was a child I disliked peas, but I was made to eat everything on my plate and urged to think of people in the world who had no food. When I was older one of my wise cracking friends pointed out that if my mother parcelled up my leftover peas and sent them to Africa they would be no longer edible.(I think they were missing the point). In recent years food waste has rightly been more focussed on but there is still much more to be done, as your article shows. Some UK supermarkets donate food nearing use by dates to local charities and support food banks. Households are encouraged to use leftovers rather than throw them.


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