posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 10:50 AM
I worked in a local grocer for 4 years, and when it comes to the local change, one of their main goals is to use all products as efficiently as
possible. Very rarely did we throw anything out at all unless it actually spoiled.
If things were closed to expiring or being "unfresh" then the employees were allowed to partake in those things for lunch. Other times the provider
of such items returned the item to the company they came from as we the agenda.
As for meats and what not, the store had a hot cart. The day before meats and stuff would go out, the deli would cook up all the nearly expired
products and sell them as hot food to the customers and 9 times out of 10, all the product would sell and there would be very little waste.
I can't say the same about what I have seen in large chains. After working in that store and moving and working at a chain store for 6 months, the
waste there was ridiculous, with dumpsters upon dumpsters of food being thrown out. It was probably one of the reasons I left the grocery business in
the first place.
When it comes to fast food, I will NEVER work in fast food and I cite the waste as one of my biggest reasons why. Even when I eat at fast food places
I am disgusted to see anything wasted, and my friends who have worked their have told the stories of all the things they NEED to throw out and how
employees are not allowed to eat them or anything - they MUST be throw away. Absolutely ridiculous.
I had ordered a burger at McDonalds last week even, and I usually get ketchup and cheese only. Well this time they forgot the cheese so I politely
informed them. Instead of just putting a slice of cheese on, which would have made me perfectly happy - they threw my burger in the garbage right in
front of me and proceeded to make a new one that took 5 minutes. I was dumbfounded at this and it enraged me to the point that I was speechless.
The waste in this world is absolutely astounding, and becoming observant to it has made me a type of person that my friends hate. To put it short, you
don't want to be the type of person that opens a can of soda and leaves a half full can lying around - because I will chew you out for it. People
need to take responsibility for themselves and their own consumption.