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Forum Post: Augusta, Georgia: Police hold back crowd in near-food riot

Posted 11 years ago on April 2, 2013, 1:18 a.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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By Eric London 1 April 2013

Police in Augusta, Georgia held back a crowd of hundreds of people who had gathered near an out-of-business grocery store last Tuesday in the hopes of collecting the store’s remaining food surplus. The crowd of three hundred watched in anger as the large pile of fresh groceries was thrown into dumpsters and carted away to rot in a nearby landfill.


Throwing away food in front of starving families recalls the words of John Steinbeck, who described a similar scene in The Grapes of Wrath (1939): “There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success. The fertile earth, the straight tree rows, the sturdy trunks, and the ripe fruit. And children dying of pellagra must die because a profit cannot be taken from an orange. And coroners must fill in the certificates—died of malnutrition—because the food must rot, must be forced to rot … and in the eyes of the people there is a failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”




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[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

But Sun Trust Bank, the owner of the property, ordered that the food be destroyed.


[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

Ofcourse, if one person gets a little sick, and the package was a day past its use, then here comes the lawyers.


The entire country has gone mad.

[-] 2 points by zacherystaylor (243) 11 years ago

Bloomberg's justification is pathetic but at least he offered a reason. The Sun Trust Bank doesn't even have offered a reason. This is absurd.

If Bloomberg was so concerned about the health of the public he could do more to enable them to access more accurate information about nutrition. Advertisers have overwhelming protection of free speech for their deceptive \messages that present distorted nutrition information.

Sincere people with much more reliable information on nutrition don't have nearly as much opportunity to get their message across. More equal rights to free speech would do more to protect the health of the public than his arbitrary rules which ahve no chance of working.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

Things like that are happening all over. The reasons are all the same- its a blend of them not caring, and the fear of lawyers and getting sued. Its a two headed problem with each side feeding the other. Its illegal for people here to feed the poor. Total bullshit.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

I really, really, really, really do not like that man. I do not.