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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The heinous crime of stealing food from supermarket waste bins.

Men charged with stealing food from Iceland supermarket bins

Contents of a bin outside a village shop in Sussex

Put on trial, charged under the 1824 Vagrancy Act, for "stealing" £33 of food from waste bins behind a supermarket.
The Crown Prosecution Service said that the prosecution would continue as there was "significant public interest in prosecuting these three individuals".
Perhaps the CPS should be informed that there is "significant public interest" in prosecuting a number of bankers, who fiddle interest rates, embezzle £millions, grow fat and rich on their ill gotten bonuses and other "perks" and benefit from "Golden Handshakes" when exposed.
The public can be excused for believing that in today's sick capitalist system, stealing £33 worth of food from the waste bins of a supermarket, is a significantly greater crime than stealing £millions from banks customers and public funds.

Food waste

It is outrageous and scandalous that supermarkets, shops, farms and parts of the fishing industry some forced by government regulation, some by accident and some by design, waste thousands of tons of food each year. As more and more people, the figure today is almost one million in this country, are forced to rely on the Foodbank charities to provide family meals every day, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury and hundreds of other smaller supermarket chains and shops, discard into their waste bins, every day, enough food to feed thousands of people living at or below the "bread line". 
In this, the 21st Century, people are starving while perfectly edible food is thrown away by organisations who frequently boast profits in excess of £ billions. It is an outrage which history will judge and history will find us lacking.