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(UPI)   Thieves at New York City restaurant steal... a) cash... b) equipment... c) used cooking grease   (upi.com) divider line 63
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2012-06-10 08:41:16 PM
Simpsons did it Link
 
2012-06-10 09:34:02 PM
I was in California on vacation recently. I was eating at some Thai place when a guy came in asking for the owner, saying that he would pay for their used grease. I was wondering why and now I know.
 
2012-06-10 10:17:29 PM
They think they're real slick,don't they?
 
2012-06-10 10:25:23 PM
I'm thinking biodiesel bootleggers. With the price of diesel at the pump, is it any wonder they'd resort to stealing cooking oil?

If not biodiesel, why would anyone get that much money for used cooking grease?
 
2012-06-10 10:29:54 PM

Apos: They think they're real slick,don't they?


You. GTFO.
 
2012-06-10 10:31:50 PM
Grease is big money. DNRTFA.
 
2012-06-10 10:31:58 PM

mikemoto: Simpsons did it Link


MY RETIREMENT GREASE!!!
 
2012-06-10 10:32:38 PM
Grease me up, woman!
 
2012-06-10 10:32:40 PM
We've started having this problem crop up in St. Louis, too. It's all about the biodiesel. The funny thing is that the thieves can be charged with a felony if they get more than a certain amount. It's on private property and not in an unsecured dumpster, so it is theft.
 
2012-06-10 10:36:44 PM
Theres nary a creature alive that can outrun a greased scottsman
 
2012-06-10 10:37:18 PM
The same thing happened at a restaurant near me last week.

The weird thing is I was just noticing recently that restaurants seem to have stopped having those big grease drums out back and in alleys in the last couple of years. I guess this is why.
 
2012-06-10 10:38:02 PM
"It's an easy way to make a buck," Gunderson said. "They can walk out with $200, $300 or $500 worth of material."


What happened to $400? They can't make $400?
 
2012-06-10 10:38:26 PM
I understand that the people who deal with used grease are like unto the Mafia in the way they deal with competition. I used to talk with some biodiesel people in Austin a while back, they said it was getting harder to get restaurants who would sell it to them because "the grease guys" would get all hot and bothered.
 
2012-06-10 10:38:31 PM
Fry-O-Lator, alligator!
 
2012-06-10 10:39:07 PM

prince of peas: What happened to $400? They can't make $400?


The word "four" sounds too much like "death".
 
2012-06-10 10:40:00 PM

Ambivalence: I'm thinking biodiesel bootleggers. With the price of diesel at the pump, is it any wonder they'd resort to stealing cooking oil?

If not biodiesel, why would anyone get that much money for used cooking grease?


It goes to Florida, where a crazy lady injects it into strippers' butts and charges $1000.

Just a few years ago, restaurants paid to have used grease hauled away. Now they're selling it. What a country!
 
2012-06-10 10:40:23 PM
This thread is on a slippery slope.
 
2012-06-10 10:42:26 PM
www.bpqd.org
 
2012-06-10 10:49:10 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
oblig
 
2012-06-10 10:50:09 PM

ultraholland: Grease me up, woman!


...Okey doke.
 
2012-06-10 10:51:53 PM
Musta been a bunch of Greaseballs that fell off the diesel truck
 
2012-06-10 10:54:30 PM

clivecusslerfan: We've started having this problem crop up in St. Louis, too. It's all about the biodiesel. The funny thing is that the thieves can be charged with a felony if they get more than a certain amount. It's on private property and not in an unsecured dumpster, so it is theft.


I'm not sure why that's funny, it's the restaurants property, which they sell for a profit.

What I find funny is that restaurants used to have to pay to have used cooking grease hauled away. The companies that took it were making money on both ends; they'd charge the restaurants to take it away, then filter it and refine it and sell it where it would eventually end up back at the same restaurants. Now it's all going towards biodiesel. I wonder what happened to those companies.
 
2012-06-10 11:04:33 PM

herrDrFarkenstein: Grease is big money. DNRTFA.


There's a place by my house that sells fried chicken and seafood. Pretty much everything except the coleslaw and mashed/saladed potatoes is fried.

I realized last week that their grease is just kinda sitting in the back, and I know that they get paid for it by the company logo on the bin... but then again everyone in my neighborhood knows everybody else and maybe people hard up for cash are smart enough not to try to bother.

/plus the party store next door is open late anyway
//and the owner is a Russian guy that I just wouldn't want to get angry for any reason for some reason
 
2012-06-10 11:11:00 PM
I'll bet they also run the shovel racket.
 
2012-06-10 11:19:40 PM

mikemoto: Simpsons did it Link


done in one
 
2012-06-10 11:21:46 PM
i.ytimg.com

That hairdo must be worth a fortune.
 
2012-06-10 11:28:40 PM

prince of peas: "It's an easy way to make a buck," Gunderson said. "They can walk out with $200, $300 or $500 worth of material."


What happened to $400? They can't make $400?


Four hundred shalt thou not count, neither count thou two hundred, excepting that thou then proceed to three hundred.
 
2012-06-10 11:42:31 PM
27 posts in and no one mentions that Simpsons episode where Homer and Bart steals Willy's retirement grease from the cafeteria during a school dance?

You know, the one guest starring Lisa Kudrow as the new girl in Lisa's class?

Really?

Fark, you are slipping.
 
2012-06-10 11:52:08 PM
Well, it is the word...
 
2012-06-10 11:53:05 PM
dcist.com
 
2012-06-10 11:57:18 PM
also

content9.flixster.com
 
2012-06-10 11:58:07 PM
If it's worth so much money, why do they keep needing to bail out their economy?
 
2012-06-11 12:00:48 AM

ElBarto79: clivecusslerfan: We've started having this problem crop up in St. Louis, too. It's all about the biodiesel. The funny thing is that the thieves can be charged with a felony if they get more than a certain amount. It's on private property and not in an unsecured dumpster, so it is theft.

I'm not sure why that's funny, it's the restaurants property, which they sell for a profit.

What I find funny is that restaurants used to have to pay to have used cooking grease hauled away. The companies that took it were making money on both ends; they'd charge the restaurants to take it away, then filter it and refine it and sell it where it would eventually end up back at the same restaurants. Now it's all going towards biodiesel. I wonder what happened to those companies.


Not "funny haha" but "funny weird" that it's become so expensive that enough can be stolen to make it a felony. Like you said, people used to pay to get rid of it. Some would even just dump it out (and pay fines). Now, the demand is so great that people can sell it.
 
2012-06-11 12:03:26 AM
I have a source for used cooking oil, so I'm kind of annoyed that my M-B Bluetec won't accept biodiesel.
 
2012-06-11 12:12:14 AM

mikemoto: Simpsons did it Link


That episode sucks. I was hoping to see the scene when Willy going after the dog stuck in the vents.

/GREASE ME UP WOMAN!
//okey dokey
 
2012-06-11 12:18:14 AM

emersonbiggins: 27 posts in and no one mentions that Simpsons episode where Homer and Bart steals Willy's retirement grease from the cafeteria during a school dance?

You know, the one guest starring Lisa Kudrow as the new girl in Lisa's class?

Really?

Fark, you are slipping.


I can't believe nobody's mentioned it either.
 
2012-06-11 12:27:54 AM
I blame it on the dudes in the modded (sp?) VW's. I've met a handfull of people over the years who've modified their VW's to run on cooking oil. They usually start the engine with diesel, but switch it over to the grease/oil once that fuel warms up some. It seems they run the lines for the grease right next to the exhaust, in order to make the grease more viscous, IIRC.
 
2012-06-11 12:35:35 AM
I'd point out that stealing an idea from Homer Simpson is a really poor start to a business plan, but commodities are still hot and I wouldn't be surprised if people aren't running their cars on cooking oil. At least, some of the buses around here smell suspiciously of french frieds.

They should smell of urea.

Maybe there's a black market for trans-fats in New York City now. Hey! There's a thought!
 
2012-06-11 12:39:34 AM

Ambivalence: I'm thinking biodiesel bootleggers. With the price of diesel at the pump, is it any wonder they'd resort to stealing cooking oil?

If not biodiesel, why would anyone get that much money for used cooking grease?


Bingo. We use bio-diesel in our OTR trucks at work. One guy at work is full time to convert the grease over to bio-diesel. We run a beverage distributor and our route guys pick up grease in small amounts at accounts or we have a guy that goes by and sucks up the big stuff with a big tank on a trailer with his dually. And yes we have grease bandits that hit our accounts too. Ironically, when the economy took a dive so did our grease supply. Less people were spending money eating out so restaurants were using less grease.
 
2012-06-11 12:39:46 AM
I wonder if this has anything to do with the drug addicts stealing jugs of Tide? Could they be mixing the Tide with the grease to make some sort of drug? Or maybe the addicts are washing the grease out of their clothes with Tide?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Oh, well. It'll all come out in the wash. (Ernie from Sesame Street snicker: Hee, hee, hee!)
 
2012-06-11 12:50:24 AM
www.dvdreview.com

dated? obscure?
 
2012-06-11 12:51:53 AM
Used to work at Wendy's and this was an issue for a while. Thing if, if the collector company comes and gets a decent load, we would get paid.if they came for nothing, we'd get charged for it. One time my district manager caught them in the act and parked his truck in front of them and called the police. 15 mins later there's 3 squad cars, a representative from Sanimax and my manager.

They sat in their truck with that look where they know they were farked. Case in point my district manager later told us they were illegal immigrants and were likely going to get deported. Oh well.
 
2012-06-11 01:10:32 AM
Yup, hardly 15 years ago when I worked in fastfood the fast food places had to PAY to have the shiat hauled off, some shady restaurants just dumped the shiat out, now its worth money.

well gasoline was once burned off as a waste product of makeing kero and deisel....
 
2012-06-11 01:14:33 AM

theorellior: I understand that the people who deal with used grease are like unto the Mafia in the way they deal with competition. I used to talk with some biodiesel people in Austin a while back, they said it was getting harder to get restaurants who would sell it to them because "the grease guys" would get all hot and bothered.


Well, the talk was that used cooking grease was this big fix for everyone. But the actual amounts available is well documented. It ain't much. A fast food place can generate 69 gal/mo, which is enough to keep a truck going, sure. But that's a pretty shallow supply. A restaurant could fuel a delivery vehicle or a couple of lower-use employee vehicles.

The recyclers bought it for industrial purposes IIRC- it had low market value but not really "waste". It was never thrown away into a landfill, not in the last 20 years. I'm not sure what happened to the recycling industry, I don't even know for sure what they used it for- soap, I think. I'm guessing those industries have to buy the same amount of virgin oil for every gallon diverted by the biodiesel people. They do have to pay for it now and compete with biodiesel people.

So really they're just diverting a product into vehicle fuel. Nothing wrong with that, it's a good use for it, but it's not really making something out of a "waste" product per se, and it's not like everyone can be doing this- there'd have to be 100x or 1000x more to be significant in the big picture. And there won't be more. Calling it "saving the Earth" isn't really applicable.
 
2012-06-11 01:42:30 AM

wademh: [www.dvdreview.com image 220x125]

dated? obscure?


Anyone who thinks Kentucky Fried Movie is dated or obscure should be taken to Detroit!

/dances the Carioca
//The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln!
 
2012-06-11 01:54:09 AM

FreakinB: I was in California on vacation recently. I was eating at some Thai place when a guy came in asking for the owner, saying that he would pay for their used grease. I was wondering why and now I know.


Grease is worth money. It has many uses such as making bio-fuel or explosives.

Link
 
2012-06-11 01:59:10 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

profile.ak.fbcdn.net



i.imgur.com

a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2012-06-11 02:19:32 AM
Oznog: "The recyclers bought it for industrial purposes IIRC- it had low market value but not really "waste". It was never thrown away into a landfill, not in the last 20 years. I'm not sure what happened to the recycling industry, I don't even know for sure what they used it for- soap, I think. I'm guessing those industries have to buy the same amount of virgin oil for every gallon diverted by the biodiesel people. They do have to pay for it now and compete with biodiesel people."

Cooking oil used to be used in laundry detergent manufacturing, as well as as pet food. Then "they" [whoever they are] figured out you could have tree-farms of palm trees [or some related tropical plant...this was 15-20 years ago] provide you a consistent supply of oils that were consistent in quality & quantity. Cooking oil became an unwanted waste.

And then came do it yourselfers who used filters for used cooking oil; they can run those straight in their diesel engines. But to use fat drippings and grease, you have to process them using chemicals. A do it yourselfer doing it wrong can find themselves with barrels of unusable waste. Get caught dumping that to sewer & watch regulators parachute into your yard.
 
2012-06-11 02:38:03 AM
Oh wow! I thought it was used geese that was worth a lot of money now I find out that it's used grease! Well, I guess I could make a lot of feather pillows out of them.
 
2012-06-11 02:44:55 AM
fanuvtoons:Get caught dumping that to sewer & watch regulators parachute into your yard.

Well it's not like you can just dump it in the woods.

www.teenageneighbor.com

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