I read this
earlier and found it utterly fascinating.
It is talking about freegans
; people who take food out of supermarket bins for themselves. Packaged food, that has hit its use by date.
But sometimes it has repercussions...:
'Sasha Hall must have thought she was in luck when she found a bin outside Tesco overflowing with food. She helped herself to packets of potato waffles, pies and ham – a small fraction of the goods that had been abandoned after the store's freezers broke down. But when police arrived at the 21-year-old's home in Essex to arrest her for "theft by finding", those waffles must have looked less lucky.'
This woman now faces court. I find this most ridiculous as most sane people know use by and best before dates are at best an estimate and at worst a downright joke. Our supermarkets throw away obscene amounts of perfectly good food and now a woman who took advantage of this is being prosecuted. Was it a slow crime day or something?
What are your views? I'd just like to mention that according to the comments, both Pret a Manger and M&S apparently deliver leftover food and sandwiches to homeless shelters, which makes me respect those places a dozen times more.