Tossing Food May Be Someone's Meal
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.
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?
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___________________________________________________
© 2019 Kenneth Avery