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(Athens Banner Herald)   News: Grocery store is evicted. America: 300 people show up to pick through the food thrown out into the parking lot during the eviction. FARK: Marshals run everyone off and guard the food as it is thrown into dumpsters   (onlineathens.com ) divider line
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2013-03-26 10:11:56 PM  
They could have a had a dollar sale or something, made some money off of it.
 
2013-03-26 10:13:36 PM  

Weaver95: Amos Quito:
I wonder what would happen if Sun Trust Bank were evicted? Would they throw all the cash dumpsters and haul it to the incinerator?

No, they'd get a public bail out, fire most of their staff and then the elites would give themselves bonus checks and pay raises while jacking user fees and complaining about 'socialisms'.


Actually, no.

Auditors show up unannounced at opening, close the bank for the day, and do a complete audit of assets. Then a receiver is brought in to confirm and take over operations unless a liquidation is already planned. Some staff is retained for the short term. If the receiving institution wishes to keep the bank they can work out a price with the creditors, but otherwise the financial institution is wound down.
 
2013-03-26 10:13:48 PM  

jaylectricity: It's not the police or this grocery store's fault. This is about protecting other grocery stores in the area. If they gave away all this food for free, even to charity, that's a lot of food that people won't be buying at other stores.


You are everything that is wrong in the world.
 
2013-03-26 10:14:03 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: This is obscene.

So they would rather have people go hungry than to not be able to sell food they were throwing away anyhow.....because they couldn't sell it and make money off of hungry people.

GOOOO CAPITALISM!


Actually, it is because if someone took the food and then got sick, they could sue either the city or the evicted grocery store. Nice try, though, brah
 
2013-03-26 10:14:59 PM  
America: Land of Idiots.
 
2013-03-26 10:15:37 PM  
I don't believe in hell, but if it existed, there would be a special place for people who commit crimes against humanity. Like this. , and there's no limit to the douchebaggery that can be committed when the state gives some jackass a gun and badge.
 
2013-03-26 10:16:05 PM  

aerojockey: Police did what they had to do.

The tenant was an asshole for not moving out when it was evicted, and just moseying on as if nothing was wrong, apparently keeping orders up and shelves stocked.

The landlord was an asshole for just hauling all the food to the landfill.  Even if they'd just donated the non-perishables it would have cost them only pennies more and staved off a bunch of bad publicity.

Some of the scavengers were assholes.  Others might have had real needs, but some were just petty cheap people who wanted something for free.


It seems that a diagram of assholishness is needed here. Got no skillz. Something in a clocklike fashion.
 
2013-03-26 10:16:22 PM  
Wow.  All around, this really demonstrates multiple facets of the dark side of human nature.  Nobody's perfect, and nobody expects anybody to be perfect, but with so many opportunities here to make someone else's life a little better, so many missed or outright neglected opportunities that could have wrought one little ray of sunshine from an otherwise miserable situation, it's hard to imagine that any decent human being was involved in this.
 
2013-03-26 10:16:23 PM  

destrip: I don't believe in hell, but if it existed, there would be a special place for people who commit crimes against humanity. Like this. , and there's no limit to the douchebaggery that can be committed when the state gives some jackass a gun and badge.


this
 
2013-03-26 10:17:21 PM  

FreetardoRivera: jaylectricity: It's not the police or this grocery store's fault. This is about protecting other grocery stores in the area. If they gave away all this food for free, even to charity, that's a lot of food that people won't be buying at other stores.

You are everything that is wrong in the world.


I'm only pointing it out. I think it's disgusting.
 
2013-03-26 10:17:46 PM  

jimmyego: Having worked in management for various food related businesses, thrown out food is never to be eaten, donated or otherwise.  Even if the bankrupt grocery store cannot be held responsible (police perhaps?), someone will get sick off a can of soup and then its....


Seriously?

Only 20 years ago I would volunteer collecting cases of expired bread and slightly limp lettuce from grocery stores for a food bank.

They most certainly they could've accepted their unexpired packaged items and fresh produce.

And for those who think food banks are all canned goods, Plant a Row organizes gardeners growing fresh produce for them.
 
2013-03-26 10:18:04 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: This is obscene.

So they would rather have people go hungry than to not be able to sell food they were throwing away anyhow.....because they couldn't sell it and make money off of hungry people.

GOOOO CAPITALISM!


This has nothing to do with capitalism.

This is one of two things: corporatism driven by ridiculous court rulings that have created liability the owner didn't want to take on (people getting sick or something), or just plain asshatism.

But hey, keep beating that strawman.  You'll make it agree with you sooner or later.
 
2013-03-26 10:18:16 PM  
Yes, I'm sure several people would have sued the city, the bank and/or the former store owners over spoiled diapers for their babies.
 
2013-03-26 10:20:12 PM  
Because the city would have been sued if someone got a tummy ache after eating old bread.  Fact
 
2013-03-26 10:21:06 PM  
And had the bank donated the goods they would have been sued by the tenant.

Although the lawyers could have approached a judge to serve an injunction order which would have made it kosher.
 
2013-03-26 10:22:00 PM  

Gdalescrboz: Because the city would have been sued if someone got a tummy ache after eating old bread.  Fact


Obviously certain foods would have spoiled or been past their expiration dates, but canned food is good for a couple years in most cases.
 
2013-03-26 10:22:52 PM  

Weaver95: this country would rather see people go hungry than get a free can of soup.


Because you know... Communism.

By the way, I completely agree with your frustration. People are assholes...
 
2013-03-26 10:24:36 PM  

Weaver95: this country would rather see people go hungry than get a free can of soup.


yeah what a bunch of assholes
 
2013-03-26 10:25:22 PM  

Weaver95: this country would rather see people go hungry than get a free can of soup.




Ur a clown
 
2013-03-26 10:26:34 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: This is obscene.

So they would rather have people go hungry than to not be able to sell food they were throwing away anyhow.....because they couldn't sell it and make money off of hungry people.

GOOOO CAPITALISM!


Did you miss the part about how it was their property, to do with as they pleased?
 
2013-03-26 10:26:41 PM  

jimmyego: Having worked in management for various food related businesses, thrown out food is never to be eaten, donated or otherwise.  Even if the bankrupt grocery store cannot be held responsible (police perhaps?), someone will get sick off a can of soup and then its....


Yup. This is what is wrong with society.
 
2013-03-26 10:27:28 PM  

RabidJade: You can thank the sue-for-liability mentality and slip and fall lawyers for making this happen (cops guarding the dumpster). Also prior planning by at least one of the parties involved could have resulted in donated food to someone who needed it. Nothing good ever comes from people operating in a selfish "gimme gimme gimme" mob mentality at something like this.


Ah, the old unthinking "blame the lawyers" line. Always particularly amusing in stories that feature no lawyers, lawsuits or mentions of litigation.

Police don't intervene - and didn't here - to prevent potential civil lawsuits. The cops could care less if some people sued Sun Trust or the now defunct grocer for drinking spoiled milk. Right or wrong, they intervened because a crowd of 300 people creates crowd control issues:

TFA: "There is the potential to have people fighting and causing problems," said Lt. Calvin Chew. "That's not something we want."
 
2013-03-26 10:27:58 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: jimmyego: Having worked in management for various food related businesses, thrown out food is never to be eaten, donated or otherwise.  Even if the bankrupt grocery store cannot be held responsible (police perhaps?), someone will get sick off a can of soup and then its....

Seriously?

Only 20 years ago I would volunteer collecting cases of expired bread and slightly limp lettuce from grocery stores for a food bank.

They most certainly they could've accepted their unexpired packaged items and fresh produce.

And for those who think food banks are all canned goods, Plant a Row organizes gardeners growing fresh produce for them.


There are many people that wait to demand and do nothing for themselves. Planting a garden is a simple example.Most food stamp programs will allow the purchase of seeds.
 
2013-03-26 10:31:07 PM  

muck4doo: Bathia_Mapes: Steinbeck described similar food wasting in "The Grapes of Wrath". Oranges sprayed with kerosene, pigs killed & dumped in ditches after which they're doused with quicklime, potatoes dumped in the river. All because the landowners decided since they wouldn't be profiting from their crops/livestock, they'd be damned if they would let hungry people have them for free.

Came here to refer to the Grapes of Wrath. Glad someone else thought the same thing.


I, too, came here for the Steinbeck
 
2013-03-26 10:31:44 PM  

AbbeySomeone: Skirl Hutsenreiter: jimmyego: Having worked in management for various food related businesses, thrown out food is never to be eaten, donated or otherwise.  Even if the bankrupt grocery store cannot be held responsible (police perhaps?), someone will get sick off a can of soup and then its....

Seriously?

Only 20 years ago I would volunteer collecting cases of expired bread and slightly limp lettuce from grocery stores for a food bank.

They most certainly they could've accepted their unexpired packaged items and fresh produce.

And for those who think food banks are all canned goods, Plant a Row organizes gardeners growing fresh produce for them.

There are many people that wait to demand and do nothing for themselves. Planting a garden is a simple example.Most food stamp programs will allow the purchase of seeds.


Or pay for them out of your pocket.  Jesus, what are seeds, like a dollar?
 
2013-03-26 10:32:20 PM  
I'm with Andrew Jackson on this one.
 
2013-03-26 10:32:49 PM  

FreetardoRivera: who scavenges for food other then poor people who also depend on food banks?



It's not just food, these people will steal anything not nailed down if it looks like they can get away with it.

When I was evicted, I had to have a police officer on site all day to stop people from pulling boxes and furniture out of the truck and house. These weren't homeless people looking for a bite to eat, these were families (including children), most of whom were driving fairly new cars and SUVs, stealing from someone who had been living in a literal shack.
 
2013-03-26 10:33:21 PM  

MemeSlave: Or pay for them out of your pocket. Jesus, what are seeds, like a dollar?


I wish.  My staple seeds would run $4  or more a pack, but that may be due to locality.
 
2013-03-26 10:34:23 PM  

jimmyego: Having worked in management for various food related businesses, thrown out food is never to be eaten, donated or otherwise.  Even if the bankrupt grocery store cannot be held responsible (police perhaps?), someone will get sick off a can of soup and then its....


Grocery stores donate to food banks, homeless shelters, meals on wheels, etc. all the time. Day old bakery goods, items that are approaching their sell by date, produce and whatever else they have. Unless it's already spoiled it can and is donated.
 
2013-03-26 10:35:31 PM  

the ha ha guy: FreetardoRivera: who scavenges for food other then poor people who also depend on food banks?


It's not just food, these people will steal anything not nailed down if it looks like they can get away with it.

When I was evicted, I had to have a police officer on site all day to stop people from pulling boxes and furniture out of the truck and house. These weren't homeless people looking for a bite to eat, these were families (including children), most of whom were driving fairly new cars and SUVs, stealing from someone who had been living in a literal shack.


Parasites hover close to the source.
 
2013-03-26 10:36:59 PM  

Gdalescrboz: Because the city would have been sued if someone got a tummy ache after eating old bread.  Fact


I once got vicious food poisoning from a pre-made meal at my local grocery store.  As soon as I had the strength to drive again, I went back to the store and told them what happened.  I didn't expect anything and I didn't ask for anything...I just wanted them to know it happened.  I never considered legal action. If it happened again I'd just never eat their meals again.
 
2013-03-26 10:37:18 PM  
The bank could have easily notified local (or even out of town) foodbanks and donated the nonperishable items. Even if this took a day or two I can't imagine they are actually using the space RIGHT NOW. They might have even saved money on disposal (many garbage haulers charge by weight) by arranging for a truck from a local food bank to pick up a portion of the food.

As for non-expired perishable items, options exist but they would require some creativity and forethought beyond the level you'd expect from a bank.
 
2013-03-26 10:38:07 PM  
Welcome to America, where we dump excess corn into the ocean instead of giving it to the poor, homeless, hungry, or shipping it to a country that needs it because there wouldn't be any profit from it. We deal in excess and we waste that excess.
 
2013-03-26 10:39:57 PM  

drwiki: The bank could have easily notified local (or even out of town) foodbanks and donated the nonperishable items. Even if this took a day or two I can't imagine they are actually using the space RIGHT NOW. They might have even saved money on disposal (many garbage haulers charge by weight) by arranging for a truck from a local food bank to pick up a portion of the food.

As for non-expired perishable items, options exist but they would require some creativity and forethought beyond the level you'd expect from a bank.


Hey, that new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market (TM) or Whole Foods (R) wants to start construction ASAP.

/At least that why I assume the lease was not renewed. Non renewal isn't usually because of non-payment.
 
2013-03-26 10:42:02 PM  
She said the tenant, Il Ki Choi, of Sun and Food LLC, could have avoided the commotion if he had moved out when notified by the court.


Puts me in mind of this bit of history...

www.humanevents.com


I was thinking "To make room for a Wal-Mart" but there's one two miles away, other side of the river. I bet the reason she didn't coordinate better is that she was fighting the eviction for development.  There might actually be ground to fight that sort of eviction instead of nonpayment of rent.

/Never realized how small Augusta was until I had to Google Map it.
 
2013-03-26 10:42:09 PM  

Abox: Gdalescrboz: Because the city would have been sued if someone got a tummy ache after eating old bread.  Fact

I once got vicious food poisoning from a pre-made meal at my local grocery store.  As soon as I had the strength to drive again, I went back to the store and told them what happened.  I didn't expect anything and I didn't ask for anything...I just wanted them to know it happened.  I never considered legal action. If it happened again I'd just never eat their meals again.


Sadly, you are the exception & not the rule.
 
2013-03-26 10:42:22 PM  

AbbeySomeone: Skirl Hutsenreiter: jimmyego: Having worked in management for various food related businesses, thrown out food is never to be eaten, donated or otherwise.  Even if the bankrupt grocery store cannot be held responsible (police perhaps?), someone will get sick off a can of soup and then its....

Seriously?

Only 20 years ago I would volunteer collecting cases of expired bread and slightly limp lettuce from grocery stores for a food bank.

They most certainly they could've accepted their unexpired packaged items and fresh produce.

And for those who think food banks are all canned goods, Plant a Row organizes gardeners growing fresh produce for them.

There are many people that wait to demand and do nothing for themselves. Planting a garden is a simple example.Most food stamp programs will allow the purchase of seeds.


Yeah. They got big old backyards there in the apartment blocks. Plenty of room for a garden for everyone in the city.
 
2013-03-26 10:45:54 PM  

destrip: I don't believe in hell, but if it existed, there would be a special place for people who commit crimes against humanity. Like this. , and there's no limit to the douchebaggery that can be committed when the state gives some jackass a gun and badge.


Blame the asshats who sue the city or the grocery store if they get sick from the free food.
 
2013-03-26 10:46:49 PM  

madgonad: Weaver95: Amos Quito:
I wonder what would happen if Sun Trust Bank were evicted? Would they throw all the cash dumpsters and haul it to the incinerator?

No, they'd get a public bail out, fire most of their staff and then the elites would give themselves bonus checks and pay raises while jacking user fees and complaining about 'socialisms'.

Actually, no.

Auditors show up unannounced at opening, close the bank for the day, and do a complete audit of assets. Then a receiver is brought in to confirm and take over operations unless a liquidation is already planned. Some staff is retained for the short term. If the receiving institution wishes to keep the bank they can work out a price with the creditors, but otherwise the financial institution is wound down.



For some small, podunk bank in a backwater town?

Possibly.

What about the banks that are TOO BIG TO FAIL?
 
2013-03-26 10:46:51 PM  

machoprogrammer: destrip: I don't believe in hell, but if it existed, there would be a special place for people who commit crimes against humanity. Like this. , and there's no limit to the douchebaggery that can be committed when the state gives some jackass a gun and badge.

Blame the asshats who sue the city or the grocery store if they get sick from the free food.


Sweetheart, there's plenty of blame to go around.
 
2013-03-26 10:50:11 PM  

Amos Quito: doglover: Whoever decided to throw out the food into the landfill deserves to have their whole body slathered in icy hot with a double layer over the groin.


FTA: "Teresa Russell, chief deputy with the Marshal's Office, said the landlord, SunTrust Bank, was paying to have the displaced merchandise hauled away."


BANKERS. Should we be surprised?


Screw the Icy Hot. Bathe them in stinging nettle juice.


In that case, I'm guessing it never made it to the local landfill. It's on its way to a resale office and will show up at some Big Lots in Idaho in a week.
 
2013-03-26 10:51:01 PM  

Weaver95: this country would rather see people go hungry than get a free can of soup.


that...or they don't want to be held libal for someone's food poisoning ..it makes sense in our country to just throw it away..homeless people have won six figure cases over free food, our country is a cess pool. Anyone who works in customer service already knew that thugh
 
2013-03-26 10:51:34 PM  
FTA : "She said they evicting Gurley's," Serles said, referring to the former name of the neighborhood market. "So, I came down here to get some of the stuff."

TNB?
 
2013-03-26 10:54:32 PM  
I find it interesting that the people most upset by this will be the first to say we don't need tort reform because that will just protect the big evil corporations and won't let the poor innocent victims get justice.

Address the real problem: This happened because this country is so damn sue happy that the liability of letting people just have the food or having it donated makes it less trouble and less expensive to just throw it away. It's not the grocery stores fault, it's not the cops fault, it's the lawyers fault, period, end of story.
 
2013-03-26 10:54:51 PM  

ZAZ: Here's the problem.

The tenant was too overwhelmed by the eviction process to think about making specific plans to dispose of inventory. If somebody had asked ahead of time, maybe the inventory would have been donated.

The landlord just wanted the space back. If somebody had asked ahead of time, maybe the inventory would have been donated.

The sheriff's department didn't want to deal with a crowd full of the kind of people who would trample somebody to death in the rush for a Black Friday deal at Walmart. If somebody had asked ahead of time and paid $3,000 to put 30 more officers on the scene they might have supervised a scavenger hunt.


Yeah. I doubt #2. That building will sit empty probably for months if not years.
 
2013-03-26 10:59:05 PM  

ZAZ: Here's the problem.

The tenant was too overwhelmed by the eviction process to think about making specific plans to dispose of inventory. If somebody had asked ahead of time, maybe the inventory would have been donated.

The landlord just wanted the space back. If somebody had asked ahead of time, maybe the inventory would have been donated.

The sheriff's department didn't want to deal with a crowd full of the kind of people who would trample somebody to death in the rush for a Black Friday deal at Walmart. If somebody had asked ahead of time and paid $3,000 to put 30 more officers on the scene they might have supervised a scavenger hunt.




You are slightly confused about how much policeman make.
 
2013-03-26 11:01:08 PM  

the ha ha guy: FreetardoRivera: who scavenges for food other then poor people who also depend on food banks?


It's not just food, these people will steal anything not nailed down if it looks like they can get away with it.

When I was evicted, I had to have a police officer on site all day to stop people from pulling boxes and furniture out of the truck and house. These weren't homeless people looking for a bite to eat, these were families (including children), most of whom were driving fairly new cars and SUVs, stealing from someone who had been living in a literal shack.


Not a cool story.  I'm a little surprised the police were willing to help you.  Back when I was an apartment dweller one of my neighbors was evicted.  I spent most of a day sitting out in front of the apartment watching her stuff while she had a friend help her shuttle it all to her friend's house.  The book I brought out with me to read spent more time closed than open because of the amount of time I had to spend telling people that the property was not abandoned or for sale and no, they couldn't have it.
 
2013-03-26 11:01:18 PM  
Oh, the humanity.  Someone might get sued over expired ziplock bags.  Can't have that.
 
2013-03-26 11:03:43 PM  

ProfessorOhki: So, anyone want to guess who would get sued if someone took home that jug of milk that was sitting in the parking lot for the last 8 hours?





Ummm...you can easily tell if milk is spoiled when you drink it. It won't kill you.
 
2013-03-26 11:04:43 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Amos Quito: doglover: Whoever decided to throw out the food into the landfill deserves to have their whole body slathered in icy hot with a double layer over the groin.


FTA: "Teresa Russell, chief deputy with the Marshal's Office, said the landlord, SunTrust Bank, was paying to have the displaced merchandise hauled away."


BANKERS. Should we be surprised?


Screw the Icy Hot. Bathe them in stinging nettle juice.

In that case, I'm guessing it never made it to the local landfill. It's on its way to a resale office and will show up at some Big Lots in Idaho in a week.



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