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Celebrate The Recovery By Buying Restaurant Garbage (And Yes: There's An App For That)

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In a move reminiscent of the Victorian Age, when those "downstairs" lived off the scraps of those "upstairs", a new app 'PareUp' is set to revolutionize the way the increasingly poor and starving masses in America feed themselves. As HuffPo reports, in a country that wastes between 30 and 40 percent of its food, PareUp is a new app that aims to connect consumers to restaurants and food shops with excess food - enabling the impoverished to benefit from the excess greed of the well-to-do by buying their used and forgotten food scraps (at significant discounts of course). "Good food is a terrible thing to waste," boasts the app - and rightly so - but is it not a dismally sad reflection of a nation, that opines of its all time high stock prices as indicative of its cleanest dirty shirt status, that we need this service (and there's an app for that!)

As The Huffington Post reports,

"Good food is a terrible thing to waste." So reads the opening quote on PareUp's website. PareUp is a new app that aims to connect consumers to restaurants and food shops with excess food. Before retailers throw away food, they alert PareUp users and offer the extra food at a discounted price.


In a country that wastes between 30 and 40 percent of its food, PareUp is an app that is sorely needed.


PareUp is the brainchild of Margaret Tung, Jason Chen and Anuj Jhunjhunwala. The founders identified the common issue of throwing away unused food at home, and wanted to help chronic food wasters make good use of food doomed for the trash.




The retailers will set the rate of the discounted food, and consumers can choose to take advantage of it if they're interested.




Many bakeries already give out "day old" pastries for a discounted price, and PareUp is hoping to bring that practice to all kinds of food retailers.

So first Greece extends the date on "fresh milk" acceptable for human consumption... and now the US turns day-old, stale, rotting food into a profit center for the poor and starving.

Finally, it is amusing that a business model does exist which assumes that those who have to sift through others' garbage will also have an iPhone and a monthly cell phone contract. Or maybe it is all part of the next fiscal stimulus: ObamaGarbage? 


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Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:33 | 4736605 Sudden Debt
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Only in America is really getting a different meaning isn't it?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:35 | 4736620 StacksOnStacks
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Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:40 | 4736646 Stackers
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Muffin Stumps for Everyone !


Clasaic seinfeld,

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:44 | 4736667 McMolotov
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When I was in college, I survived on a diet of day old Jimmy John's bread and mayonnaise packets.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:46 | 4736686 TeamDepends
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One man's trash is another man's stinky latte.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:50 | 4736707 Pool Shark
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America has the best-fed 'poor' in the world...



Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:53 | 4736723 knukles
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Whole New Meaning to Trickle Down, Bitchez

Jump you Fuckers

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:07 | 4736762 SWRichmond
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is there an app stopping the next pandemic which will be enabled by this?

God I hate software people...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:32 | 4736864 Manthong
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Every once in a while I get a taste of for some 2nd day Pate de Foie Gras du Dumpster from Chez Paul down the street.


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:06 | 4736985 TruthInSunshine
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"Let them eat caked-on garbage."

-- Mrs. Debtfire (aka Janet Yellen)

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:41 | 4736895 Joe Davola
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The anti-penicillin crowd should applaud this, only those with a strong immune system will survive!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:42 | 4736899 Confused
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So I can't afford to eat food bought from the supermarket, but with the help of my smartphone i can pair up with stores/supermarkets that have excess food. 


Anyone else worried about the disconnect in that logic? 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:03 | 4736978 lordylord
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Last time that I went to a chain restaurant, the food tasted and looked like garbage.  No need to go digging in their dumpster.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:52 | 4737114 Bunders
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I guess we live in interesting times.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:32 | 4737034 New World Chaos
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I've been dumpster diving for over a year and a half now and never got sick from it.  Stiffed the Man's economy out of well over $10k of spending (flatmates ate too).  Didn't pay restaurants for scraps.  Didn't even hit their nasty dumpsters.  Supermarkets are where it's at.  Much of the food is still packaged and perfectly edible.  See, the system wants to keep everyone on a treadmill to nowhere, unable to take a breather to see past the nose in front of their face.  The system wants an economy based on artificial scarcity.  The system would rather rob someone to give someone else a handout than let any serf eat for free, with no strings of loyalty attached.  All of these goals are served by keeping a large fraction of the population occupied with elaborate methods of turning the Earth's resources into garbage.  The real reason for all the waste isn't accidental legal paranoia or regulatory bullshit leading to arrests of Food Not Bombs homeless-feeders.  These are the intended consequences of social engineering by luciferian elites.

I am teaching others.  The Dumpster Mafia is growing.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 17:51 | 4737438 teslaberry
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you use the term 'mafia' as jest. 


you should google and read about the history fo the carting industry and the domination of it by early husters, italian and jewish immigrants in the lower east side of new york. 


garbage has a rich social history associated with it. 


in egypt they tried marginalizing the christian zabuton who use their hogs to eat and cart the cities garbage. a fiasco of an imf loan used to buy sanitation trucks right before the arab spring was the motivation for declaring the pigs 'diseased' and killing them all. depriving the zabuton of their traditional means of self sufficiency at the bottom of the social wrung. the zabuton suffered greatly , the arab spring occured. the money meant for santiation trucks was all stolen, or the trucks were, and eventually the city of cairo drowned in its own garbage. 


eventually the zabuton got a donation of pigs and eventually started clearing cairo again of their own free accord. 


pigs are natures garbage recycling systems. even without people. just let them loose in a city and they do nicely on organic trash.  



Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:02 | 4736754 SilverIsKing
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When one eats at McDonalds, aren't they eating a restaurant's garbage?  Who needs an app for that?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:19 | 4736821 Chuck Walla
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As that visitor from India said: "I want to live in a country where the poor people are fat"!



Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:28 | 4736852 Quus Ant
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This ain't no collective.  Keeping the rabble sated and passive (or incarcerated and dienfranchised) for the enrichment of the few does not a collective make. 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:51 | 4736925 deflator
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If by, "best fed" you mean highest levels of salt and high fructose corn syrup consumption.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:49 | 4736703 Agent P
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and the free smells

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:43 | 4736670 pods
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Our society is doomed.

You cannot buy food yet have a "smartphone?"

Must be a thing for the Mobile Creatives?


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:52 | 4736714 Pool Shark
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You can't eat iPhones?

 Well, at least you can BLEND them...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:55 | 4736730 Portuguese Revo...
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I'm waiting for Moochelle's Marie Antoinette moment... "Let them eat vegetables!"

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:15 | 4736805 cougar_w
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I'm gonna write a LetEmEatCake app that connects poor people who've just had a nice dinner of dumpster food with the uneaten desserts rich people leave on their plates.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 18:07 | 4737482 Big Corked Boots
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Back when I was circulating in, ummm, wealthier circles, I noticed that rich people picked at thier food - and guzzled thier alcohol.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:36 | 4736625 SHEEPFUKKER

Dumpster diving will be an Olympic sport soon apparently

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:39 | 4736644 813kml
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Ha, just make sure to use the springboard instead of the platform.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:10 | 4736786 NotApplicable
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Bring your own bolt-cutters!

Nothing quite like the thrill of watching the manager of the Goodwill store chase you away from their dumpster. Besides, that desk took up half of the space in their dumpster. So I'd say they owe me.

And no, I didn't cut off any locks. Those went on the next week.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:38 | 4736638 SheepDog-One
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This IPO will be $100 billion minimum.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:46 | 4736683 drendebe10
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Welcome to the new liar-in-chief grocery store...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:52 | 4736719 Canadian Dirtlump
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Boy when things collapse it's gonna be ugly. This heartbreaking scenario is common in the Phillipines apparently. They call it Pag Pag.


Meanwhile the self anointed royal class dine on kobe beef sliders and the blood of children.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:54 | 4736728 knukles
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Heinz is coming out with new Blood of Children single serve packets ...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:13 | 4736797 Canadian Dirtlump
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Finally. Spicy as well?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 16:35 | 4741051 MeelionDollerBogus
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wrong brand, you're thinking of Frank's Dead Hot.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:17 | 4736811 cougar_w
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That Wiki entry could be tagged "EOTWAWKI"

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:27 | 4736842 pods
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Yeah, that sounds like a small step up from "The Road."


Thu, 05/08/2014 - 16:13 | 4740990 MeelionDollerBogus
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America's next civil war won't be over the loss of rights. It will be over cheezypoofs!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:33 | 4736608 quasimodo
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Que the FSA on mobilty devices, in search of the elusive half eaten Dolly Madison


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:44 | 4736672 Big Corked Boots
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No ice cream, no peace!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 17:41 | 4737415 willwork4food
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No beer, no peace!



Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:33 | 4736612 youngman
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I notice that after I eat a salad..a lot does not get digested and is left the next morning in the there an app for that....crapo de jour???

Just what you want is a line of homeless waiting ourside your restaurant

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:52 | 4736717 TeamDepends
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You should definitely start a blog about this perplexing malady.  The money might start pouring in and you could create an app.....

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:56 | 4736733 knukles
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App my ass... he needs to see a doctor, FFS
Oh, there are none of them under ObieCare, anymore?
Go ahead, shit you guts out.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:04 | 4736758 TeamDepends
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Actually, the only practice for doctors under ACA that has prospered is ass doctors.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:43 | 4736616 JustObserving
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McDonalds should be perfect for that since their food never spoils - Diamonds and McBurgers are forever:

14-year-old McDonald's hamburger looks almost new

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 17:15 | 4737354 WillyGroper
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I have a 3 yr old loaf of bread that looks like the day I bought it. I want to see how long it lasts.

Did a look/see of our local food bank's aquaponics program. The guide said 'DO NOT PUT BREAD IN YOUR COMPOST HEAP, IT WON'T DECOMPOSE".

WTF does that tell ya?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 16:08 | 4740978 MeelionDollerBogus
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Glad I don't live in America. I've never had bread that won't decompose.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:34 | 4736617 PlusTic
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its just the beginning, unless every able-bodied man in the US gets some balls, grabs a gun, and gets in line...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:36 | 4736628 SheepDog-One
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I'll take a t-bone leftover trimmings and some mashed potatoes with a cigarette butt in it please, hold the salad remnants.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:39 | 4736629 Xibalba
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I tried to give food away at MSG after New Years. We had a cart full of Tony's Italian from Times Sq.  I'm talking veal parmigiana, frickin gourmet pasta, all kinds of shit. The bums actually got mad at me for not having the plasticware sealed in plastic.  I'll never, ever do that again.  

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:58 | 4736742 NotApplicable
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Find your local "Food, Not Bombs" group. They'll make sure nothing goes to waste.

Assuming they all aren't in jail by now for illegally feeding the homeless.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:18 | 4736817 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Yeah, it's amazing to behold some of the ungratefuls. Usually alcoholics, who talk about wanting money for food, but if you give them food, they're mad. 

Long ago when I worked in a restaurant, the incidental waste was pretty staggering. Example: after Happy Hour, there were some leftover fried delights. I already felt bad having to throw it out, but I ate a few (in the back, out of sight of any customers) and was admonished for doing so. It was stealing, you know. I've also heard other places won't give out food for fear of being sued if someone gets sick. It's pretty stupid. And yes, Food not Bombs are trying to do good work, and stopped by pointless govt enforcers. I guess the problem is that if they get some food, they might not spend on the EBT and this will reduce JPMs profits by 0.001%, which is practically a capital offense.


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:21 | 4736827 cougar_w
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Sorry to say this, but "bums" are too aware that they can be poisoned, intentionally or otherwise. There are a lot of bad people out there would dearly love to find a final solution to the "problem" of homelessness.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:31 | 4736862 rpboxster
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A bum in SanFran asked if my friend's doggie bag offering was vegan.  Seriously.  We walked away.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 16:11 | 4737175 message2gowri
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I understand your Pain. That need to Changed before we have revolution in USSA!!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:37 | 4736633 youngman
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I wonder if they have delivery...."say Dominos do you have any old pepperoni pizzas that you are giving away"????

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 16:03 | 4740968 MeelionDollerBogus
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Actually I knew someone who cut that deal.
The pizza place would pay to dump so he'd pay them to take what they'd dump.
Now they make money instead of lose it.
He blew it by over-ordering under fake names and taking the waste for the non-deliveries.
He didn't get caught but they went out of business so that ended it.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:38 | 4736634 101 years and c...
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is this the "Wednesday Humor" post?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:38 | 4736635 813kml
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Brilliant!  Now the residents of skid row can use their smartphones to have Whole Foods scraps delivered via Uber.

Heroin chic, I anxiously await its IPO.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:40 | 4736648 PlusTic
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you mean their gov't subsidized obummer phones...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:44 | 4736640 Mercury
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You'd be pretty skinny trying to live off the food in my trash.


Anyway, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to give away prepared food to anybody without the proper licencing and all that bullshit.  Many times I've seen $1000 worth of untouched deli dumped into corporate trash for bins this reason.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:00 | 4736748 NotApplicable
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Yeah, cuz starving is much healthier than eating non-pristine food.

Thanks, Nanny-State! You're the GREATEST!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:06 | 4736770 wmbz
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It is agin the law here in South Carolina for public schools to give good leftover food to anyone including soup kitchens. They throw out tons of food.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:12 | 4736793 NotApplicable
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Cuz the kids are smart enough not to eat that crap?

Prisons are the only place I know of that serve worse food.

I went through high school without eating in the cafeteria once.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 16:00 | 4740957 MeelionDollerBogus
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legally this makes no sense.
Price = 0 isn't that different from  price > 0.
What if it was sold for a penny? Changed in price doesn't mean different legality for customers.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:39 | 4736641 Dr. Engali
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It's more like there is a crap for that.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:41 | 4736645 williambanzai7
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In the markets in Hong Kong, the venders typically sell "ripe produce" at a steep discount before it spoils.

And just before it actually does spoil, they offer it for free.

No need for an App to find it. 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:40 | 4736650 Spungo
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New trend: people spit in the food they don't eat because LOL FUCK POOR PEOPLE

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:40 | 4736654 LetThemEatRand
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"Let them eat used cake."  Doesn't have the same ring to it.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:41 | 4736655 Agent P
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We have figured out a way to feed the truly poor and destitute by pushing information to their smartphones?


Let that sink in for a second or two.


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:46 | 4736688 pods
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I can see them debating the merits of this over a Venti- half caf- skinny latte.


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:41 | 4736658 Yen Cross
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   If you want your salmonella, you can keep your salmonella...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:41 | 4736660 JRobby
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There's a man going through your dust bin
Only this time he's looking for food
There's a tear in his eye, you don't know him
Oh but you know what he's going through

Ain't it funny that you can't seem to help him
Feelin' sick as he staggers away
Is it weird that you hate a stranger
Can a detail correct your dismay


"In A Hand Or A Face" by The Who

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:42 | 4736665 kchrisc
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Sign o' the times.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:43 | 4736666 Libertarian777
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California, Florida and Washington state will outlaw this faster than you can say "hungry homeless guy"

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:43 | 4736668 ShrNfr
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A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:44 | 4736677 Son of Captain Nemo
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At least the restaurants that contribute "at a discount" are better than McDonalds who spray blue paint on it and put the food in trash bin under lock and key!...

Probably a good thing considering what it is made from!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:48 | 4736696 Polymarkos
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Given how sue-happy most idiots are, and the vast industry of scum lawyers who exist to support them, they HAVE to toss the chow. ONE persons eats it and gets sick, its lawsuits and millions spent.


Cheaper to toss the chow and starve the lawyers.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:41 | 4736894 Son of Captain Nemo
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Oh yeah P?...

You are correct that food corporations like McDonalds have deep pockets to protect and are vulnerable from the 3% that might spill scaulding coffee on themselves...

But say that to the 20 -30 million Americans that haven't eaten in 48 hours and will take there chances with food poisoning just to survive!

Seen any law firms on bill boards lately that are advertising to do pro bono work for those simply attempting to survive that probably get bacterial posisoning on 1 out of every 5 meals they consume????


Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:57 | 4740942 MeelionDollerBogus
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How is it these same lawyers don't make that same money off the paying customers who get sick?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:48 | 4736698 pods
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The blue paint is probably the healthiest part of that meal; well, the lock has iron in it.


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:44 | 4736678 Polymarkos
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NOW we know why Obamaphones are being given out....

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:48 | 4736697 SHEEPFUKKER

Seriously bro, you had to parrot my avatar??  

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:51 | 4736715 Agent P
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His name is Poly

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:58 | 4736744 knukles
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Poly wannan avatar?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:47 | 4736682 Frank N. Beans
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don't need the app.  Just ask the people at the restaurant finishing their meal if you can have their leftovers.

 PS: I wouldn't, just sayin some people do

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:53 | 4736724 Agent P
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If somebody has the balls to do that, I'll gladly give them my leftovers and order them another meal to go. 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:48 | 4736693 czarangelus
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Isn't this just a little alarmist? Too much good food gets thrown away in this country while people go hungry. I get day old bagels from the local bakery because they're a fraction of the price and they're just as good as they were yesterday. Geeze.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:49 | 4736700 Frank N. Beans
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There are people (certainly not on this list) who buy lots of food from Costco to have a party, then return the leftovers.  Apparently they get money back on what's left over, whether opened, half-eaten, or not.


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:52 | 4736721 Big Corked Boots
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This is true. I have seen it happen. Also, google 'REI return abuses.'

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:57 | 4736708 Yen Cross
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   It's a perfect way to keep track of all the starving terrorists that fell of the grid... Also helps estimates for upcoming FEMA camp round-ups.

   How long until this get's abused? Look at housing for the poor as an example. FFS look at how our veterans are being treated by the V.A. currently. If there's $ in it the scum of the earth will find a way to rig it. Look at lime prices in the U.S. currently. The Mexican drug cartels are extorting the growers or else they'll destroy their crops, and where's the Mexican .gov?

 Crickets--- just like the U.S. .gov

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:50 | 4736709 Big Corked Boots
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I offered unsold produce at my farm to the local food bank.

They told me that it needed to be washed and boxed, then delivered to their loading dock between 10am and 2pm M-F.

I said, I'll wash it, but, this is free food, I'm not paying for boxes, and why don't you have a volunteer to pick it up? Their response was, well, our director lives in your town and passes your place daily; shecould come pick it up except that she's very busy with her fundraising efforts right now.

I have some fine compost.


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:05 | 4736766 NotApplicable
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Fuck, food banks don't even want you to give them food. They want CASH ONLY!

"With cash we can negotiate a better price than you can."


Why yes, I've run charity events for food banks. How could you tell?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:45 | 4740903 MeelionDollerBogus
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With rising inflation on prices, they will not be able to. But there's nothing to pocket in the middle if there's no cash.
There's only the food to pass on. Shouldn't be long now but where I work will help garden produce for the local food bank. I hope to do well helping out with it.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:13 | 4736798 pods
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Most of those places want $$ not food.

What about pigs?  We used to donate old pastry to a lady who raised pigs.  


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:31 | 4737046 Big Corked Boots
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I'm in NJ, and there is a negative history about pigs in the Garden State.

To make a long story short, it is only OK to keep pigs in the NJ Statehouse.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:41 | 4736896 Duke Dog
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I had a similar experience last year. Mother owns a small tract of land where me and 4 siblings were raised in rural SE Texas. She had always had a good sized garden for her own needs and would share when we visited. About five years ago, my brother lost his job and he and his wife moved onto the place. He and I decided that growing and selling vegetables to the local community might be a way to make a little money until he got another job. Five years later, he still doesn't have a paying job and he's found that locals will pay a nominal price for fresh peas, beans, corn, greens etc... if all the work is done for them, including picking, shelling, husking, washing, de-stemming, and yes, fucking delivery to their homes etc...

Last summer, he grew too much produce for all our consumption and his sales - he and Mom called everyone they had sold to in the past as well as all the immediate neighbors to come get what they wanted for free. Not one person showed up, but every fucking one of them said something to the effect of "I'd be happy to take it off your hands if one of you will bring it to me". After being down there one weekend and hearing more than 10 stories of the same responses from people that I knew and had grown up with, I got on the tractor and disced every bit of the produce back into the soil. Good dirt deserves the food more than lazy assed people.

Rural America has been destroyed on purpose. It is now cheaper, but more importantly, convenient to drive 30 miles to the nearest walmart to purchase basic food. Everyone that I know in rural America, and I know a lot of them, are totally supported by the federal, state, or local governments. Everyone is surviving on "benefits" from VA, SS, SSDI, etc... or are "employed" by the state highway department, state prison system, or driving a fucking road grader for the county.

What a fucking mess we've allowed to happen! 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 17:47 | 4737429 Wahooo
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You sir are the little red hen. Plow accordingly.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 17:58 | 4737462 WillyGroper
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Had a similar experience with my excess produce. These people don't know the back breaking work that goes into clean food. People expected me to deliver also. This year I'll be sharing with maybe 3-4 people. These people will pick & water if I want to scoot for a few days. Irony is then they bitch about GMO & buy crap.

I will work like a galley slave to preserve EVERYTHING I grow this year. I plan on dehydrating scads as it's easy to store. Some things better frozen others canned. 

I showed a recently heartbroken widower the wonders of the net. He wanted a pea sheller. Found one on Ebay for slightly more than I paid for mine in the 70's & showed it to him. I surprised him with it & he was so damn happy amidst such heartbreak that he gave me one of his 3 large pressure cookers. Having 2 will make quick work of it not to mention keeping the house cooler. 

Fuck corporate & their BPA/GMO.

I believe it was Bastiat that enlightened me about FreeCycle in a post. I posted a 40lb sack of okra seed to give away. Small world, a neighbor behind me took it all. There were 4 in the family with 7 acres each. 

There's alot of people out there that are waking up. A bunch of lazy asses that are gonna get hungry too. 

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:41 | 4740891 MeelionDollerBogus
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Those who are too lazy to seek free/affordable food deserve to starve.
The offers are out there & so are the skills to grow your own.
I myself am avoiding excess food for the freezer. My view: if power goes down then it all spoils.
That which is stored safely for months or years dry, no freezing required, will last a long time with only the risk of moisture or insects and that's not so hard to deal with to avoid.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 01:23 | 4738753 Aussiekiwi
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Yep, I used to have a property that used to produce enormous amounts of delicious, Grapes,Fejoas and mandarins every year, I told the neighbors they were welcome to come over and help themselves, after some discussion I found every one of them was happy to take it of my hands providing I picked,  bagged it and delivered it to their doorstep. I did this the first couple of years as I hate the waste of good food, after that I used to mix it with Grass and compost it, fuck im.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:33 | 4740860 MeelionDollerBogus
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Could be some people aren't just lazy but can't afford transportation.
I couldn't today. Then again I'd offer cash to cover time+gas if the food itself is free & fresh.
I'd rather not see it spoil so if the only economical way to do that is to get enough for way more than myself I'd ask neighbours if they'd like some & to chip in for the time+gas to get it in. Or if one of them was willing to do the drive & be paid the gas/etc.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:55 | 4736727 drchris
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Is there a built in liability waiver?

Who would want to open themselves up to lawsuits from people getting sick off past-due food?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:56 | 4736735 alt.hedge
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Are you going to eat your fat?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:51 | 4736924 1stepcloser
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No save it for soap

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:57 | 4736740 sandhillexit
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serious arbitrage ops here.  keep chickens in the middle of Woodside, feed them for free, sell organic eggs in Palo Alto, $12 doz.    

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:01 | 4736750 kurt
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Pareup is not available to Android users!

Great! You fuckin Iphone pricks get everything.

I guess I'm just not good enough.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:02 | 4736752 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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GPS locatable trash bins are the new low cost soup kitchens.......

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:08 | 4736760 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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They could making good use of it as compost or animal feed (oh wait that is what they are doing with this) for the farm animals instead.

Or for generating brown energy but that would cut into other energy rackets.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:54 | 4736941 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Right, there's a big pig farming operation outside of Vegas that uses scraps from the Strip's restaurants.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 16:02 | 4737141 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Yep my point is it doesn't go to waste, it is misleading to conflate personal waste with systematic waste. It gets recycled. Law of diminishing returns may apply but they certainly do recycle excess food.

This is just doubling down on recycling of excess as feed (for a small fee of course) part for the 2 legged animals also on the animal farm. 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:05 | 4736764 irie1029
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A funny thing I was in Orange NSW and the restaurant would not let me take leftovers to go.  They said it was illegal... weird  Damndest thing is it was an olive appetizer we were sharing with wine.  I think the whole leftover app is a good idea.  I see the same at Kroger with managers specials.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:27 | 4740828 MeelionDollerBogus
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I'm pretty sure they lied to you.
Never heard of any place on EARTH that left-overs were illegal to take with you.
It's a meal you paid for and since you paid for it, it's YOUR own property now.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:12 | 4736791 JR
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In that the middle class doesn’t get EBT cards and they don’t have access to HFT machines, maybe discount food is middle-class salvation.

At least yesterday’s luxury food temptation is better than Dogbert’s value-priced lottery tickets. Or is it?

SIGN above Dogbert’s Desk: Value Price Lottery Tickets

Customer Ratbert: “I’m drawn by the allure of fabulous wealth and a life of hedonistic delight…one please.”

Ratbert, looking at purchased ticket: “This is dated yesterday.”

Seller Dogbert: “Ooh, bad luck. Try Again?”

Shabby middle class workers are getting easier and easier to spot while EBT card holders are getting harder and harder to recognize, driving SUVs and buying their groceries on the middle classes' dime.  At the same time, middle class wealth re-redistribution to the banker class has pushed some into $1,000,000,000 stimulus incomes to support GDP growth in lavious lifestyles of yachts and estates.

So while the ones in “poverty” continue to block the store aisles on their $61,320+ per year (2011) welfare household “income” (Senate Budget Committee 2012 report), the losers,  the middle class, can line up for “ObamaGarbage” – the scraps. Hmmmmm...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:13 | 4736796 JuliaS
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I work in film and television. Because of the capriciousness of some people involved in production, the catering department typically stocks double of what the actual need is. There have to be items for a potential diabetic, vegetarian, or some guy who doesn't like mayo with his sandwitch etc.

The foods that are bought are the best, freshest and most expensive items and half goes right into the trash by the end of the day.

Contractually the studios cannot give any of the items away, even to feed the homeless. Apparently if an allergic hobo eats something with peanuts and sues the studio - that's too much of a risk.

I used to take food home, but one day's leftovers are often enough to feed a family for 2 weeks. What then? The contract says I can't share the food with the homeless either.

So much waste.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:31 | 4736860 pupdog1
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... The cost of filthy fucking lawyers.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 18:12 | 4737495 WillyGroper
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Have a friend that was in the biz. Went to a set to observe. BORING process, took all day to shoot 2 scenes. Met some really nice people. 

Catering was mouth watering. Anything you wanted cooked to perfection. 

It's a crime & a sin to waste that much food. 

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:23 | 4740814 MeelionDollerBogus
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indeed. At the very least I'd hope what is healthy isn't put to trash but at least goes to feed animals that can be used by us later, pigs or chickens for example. If it drops the cost of food later for all of us & saves putting good food to landfill that would be optimal.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:21 | 4740804 MeelionDollerBogus
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legally something doesn't add up here.
Homeless people aren't more or less liable for lawsuits than customers, so if a sale for some price > 0 is acceptable legally how is a sale for price = 0 different?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:18 | 4736810 q99x2
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Green Shoots!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:20 | 4736826 ManWithaPlan
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While i was living up in Oregon there was a vibrant dumpster diving community, a lot of young kids...some poor and crazy adults too. Moved to Los Angeles, the kids would not be caught dead dumpster diving. Only the homeless do that down there, if that. Depends on where you live and how indoctrinated you are by the system. A lot of the people doing it in Oregon would find things and sell them on Ebay, pretty funny if you think about it.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:27 | 4736844 Caviar Emptor
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Been sayin it: become a butler, lackey or valet. And secure your future. You'll get first dibs on leftovers Direclty off the table! Not from a dumpster. You'll feel like you're with powerful people and you will get to see places off limits to mere citizens. What a future!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:29 | 4736846 pupdog1
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Apparently, the starving masses will whip out their $500 iPhones and dig right in.

iBon appetit.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:28 | 4736853 One of We
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Dennis, there's some lovely filth down here....

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:33 | 4737056 alt.hedge
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1+ for the Monty Python reference!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:30 | 4736857 laomei
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But if the people eat all the garbage what will the bears and coons eat?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 18:45 | 4737607 Big Corked Boots
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The coons have EBT. The bears are gone - Bernake and Yellen did them in.

(Lord, I apologize for that joke...)

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:34 | 4736868 Gordon_Gekko
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Bbbbut...."US is the biggest most powerful nation on earth" HAHAHAHHAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHA!!!!!!!!!!


What a CROCK of SHIT.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:38 | 4736884 ZeroPoint
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What are the homeless going to eat?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:50 | 4736923 1stepcloser
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can we make soap from that garbage....?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:53 | 4736937 shovelhead
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Lots of times when I was drinking coffee in my sister in laws donut shop at closing time, I'd help her clean up and carry 20 lb. bags of donuts to the trash.

"Why not donate them?" I asked.

She told me the Senior Center wouldn't take them because they weren't "healthy food" and the nursing home stopped taking them because the oldsters would fight over them.

Given that the difference in ages between the two groups was almost nil, I thought this somewhat humorous that the do-gooder at the Senior Center probably didn't want to deal with a Geezer Deathmatch every noontime rather than being concerned about their health.



Thu, 05/08/2014 - 01:47 | 4738779 4 Freedoms
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Hmmmmm.....Geezer Death Match.  Let me pitch it to FOX......

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:53 | 4736939 NoDecaf
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By this time next year, there will be a new bestseller "Trash Boys - Frontrunning the Homeless" because you can be damn sure someone at GS is looking at all the possibilities.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 01:45 | 4738776 4 Freedoms
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How do you think we got so many homeless people to begin with?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:59 | 4740711 MeelionDollerBogus
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Fraudulent foreclosures & employers dismissing people for no reason at all but to hire people illegally under legal wages, and to re-hire people at legal wages so low they can't afford to even rent a box.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:58 | 4736959 Peak Finance
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This stat:

in a country that wastes between 30 and 40 percent of its food

IS bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.

Just becuase the food in question does not reach the end-users stomach, does not mean that it's wasted. The stuff that comes off of the store shelves in our area goes to a bunch of local farmers on a first-come, first serve basis for chickens and hogs. All of the watermellon that's not good enough for resale, does get "written off" but it is not wasted as well, it is usually given away for cow feedstock or for other uses. "On the books" this stuff is wasted, but the reality is nothing in the small farming community goes to waste. Yes I am in a farm community and I am an active farmer / rancher so I see this frst hand.

That all being said, now if this new app creates a market for this "garbase" and I now have to pay for "waste" that I used to get for free, this is going to screw a lotof small rancehrs and people who buy from us are going to have to pay higher prices.  The Irony is that this may actually INCREASE waste, as small farmers like me will no longer pay for "garbage", which will now sit and rot on the loading docks!




Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:14 | 4737009 zipit
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What about in NYC, Old McDonald?  How's it work there?  With this app, that's how :)

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 17:41 | 4737416 Wahooo
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What about the sewer rats? They have to eat, too. Those poor fucking critters can't use an iPhone app. You want that on your conscience?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 01:11 | 4738739 Aussiekiwi
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I know,! its just not fair, your livestock will be competing with hungry people.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 01:42 | 4738772 4 Freedoms
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Good on ya!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 01:43 | 4738774 4 Freedoms
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When garbage rots, what does it become?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:55 | 4740688 MeelionDollerBogus
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In the right hands: compost.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:29 | 4737041 DeusHedge
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this app will be a trend for one or two years and then be dumped.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 16:10 | 4737174 drunkchiwawa
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Should have called it freegan food finder

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 18:26 | 4737537 messystateofaffairs
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Geez this is going to take all the fun out of dumpster diving.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 01:09 | 4738738 Aussiekiwi
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Food Dumpsters for auction will be the next reality TV show, following in the foot steps of the pgm on Storage auctions, I can just see it now, people peering over the top with torches whispering to their partners how they may go as high as $13 because they believe they can see the end of some bread loafs still in their wrappers...with no sign of green mold at all!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:51 | 4740666 MeelionDollerBogus
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You'll see the suckerz avoid the green mold while the SMRT bidders whisper to the camera "Free pennicilin! I'm buying that one!"

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 19:53 | 4737867 smacker
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"In a move reminiscent of the Victorian Age, when those "downstairs" lived off the scraps of those "upstairs" "


For info, the term mostly used in England during the Victorian era by the gentry to describe household staff was "below stairs" people.

As in, "please ask below stairs to make some tea." Or "trying to find good below stairs these days is so difficult." Or "she had a job below stairs."

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 01:38 | 4738768 4 Freedoms
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Well, I think the App is meant to connect those with excess with those agencies that provide to the poor (soup kitchens, food pantries, and the like).  So, if the food feeds the hungry and doesn't go to waste, I'm in favor of it.

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