“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police
I fear that the linked-to story may disappear so I am reproducing it here to assist in spreading a story I believe is of immense importance to We, the People.
Quoted story follows:
Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.
The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”
“People got children out here that are hungry, thirsty,” local resident Robertstine Lambert told Fox54 in Augusta. “Why throw it away when you could be issuing it out?”
SunTrust bank is trying to confuse the issue and not take direct responsibility for their actions. Their media relations officer Mike McCoy, stated, “We are working with store suppliers as well as law enforcement to dispose of the remaining contents of the store and secure the building.” Yet he also said that the food never belonged to SunTrust Bank.
There is no need to sugar coat what happened. Teresa Russell, chief deputy of the Marshal’s Office in Richmond County, said the owner of the building ordered that the food be taken to the landfill. Some people even followed the truck to the landfill and were still turned away.
In Richmond County, there are about 20 evictions per day, and the area surrounding the supermarket is one of the poorest in the state. According to the last available data, the poverty rate is 41 percent. Many people in that parking lot probably knew all too well how evictions work, and were in desperate need of the food assistance.
This story is not some bizarre exception. It reeks of the truth of capitalism and is strikingly similar to the H&M scandal that broke in 2010 when clothes were being shredded before being thrown away, so as to make sure the value of the merchandise was unaffected.
In a capitalist society, the motive behind the production of food is not to feed people, housing is not made to give them shelter, clothing is not made to keep them warm, and health care is not offered primarily to keep people healthy. All of these things, which are and should be viewed as basic rights, are nothing other than commodities—to be bought and sold—from which to make a profit. If a profit cannot be made, usually due to overproduction in relation to the market, the commodity is considered useless by the capitalist and destroyed.
In this case, it appears the bank simply did not care. For the banks that have made their profits through evictions and foreclosures, it is little surprise that they showed no remorse in leaving people staring in disbelief, with empty bags, as they watched the food that could be feeding their families dumped into a landfill instead.
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I raise my voice and fist in anger at so many events within the USA that I believe is in the throes of class warfare.
I try to be fair, though, and make allowances for some behaviors or try to explain some acts that appear to be evil but may be acts forced upon folks due to the system we live within.
Lawyers and the legal system have had immense effects upon USA society, government, economic system and many other aspects of life within the USA.
The fear of being sued may have been at least partially to fully responsible for the thrown-away items being dumped.
The threat of lawsuit and the actions taken to avoid that threat has had profound effects upon all of us.
The lawsuit threat is complicated and all-encompassing and beyond inclusion in my blog.
A Web search will reveal a huge horde of pages discussing the topic.
If only good, usable products were not thrown away… especially if their are poor folks around who can use those items!!!!
Could laws be passed to protect folks who give free things to poor folks to prevent their being sued? Use common sense when passing out free things. When in doubt, throw it out!!! Only give away items that a reasonable person would assume to be safe, not out-dated food that might cause sickness, etc.
I now take a moment to shout a huge:
to all the firms who do not throw away leftover food and unsold items. They give the stuff to local charities that assist hungry folks and those facing rough times who are helped so much getting some free stuff such as toiletries, clothing, toys for kids, etc.
Have a wonderful week, folks.
Please remember that there IS a LOT of misery within the USA… a country with immense wealth concentrated into a few hands that has been skimmed from the efforts of others… even those eking out a very meager existence.