posted on Jan, 29 2014 @ 03:51 AM
There is a story in the Guardian right now which displays the serious lack of common sense dwindling in humanity.
Three charged with stealing food from skip behind
3 men were arrested and charged after being caught taking thrown out food from a skip behind a local supermarket. It amazes me on a number of levels
but most of all it amazes me that at no point between the person who notified the police to the 3 men being taken to court has anybody applied a
little common sense to the situation.
A man will stand trial next month after being caught taking some tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese from the dustbins behind a branch of Iceland.
It is expected Paul May, a freelance web designer, will argue that he was taking the food because he needed it to eat and does not consider he has
done anything illegal or dishonest in removing food destined for landfill from a skip.
I also believe he has done nothing wrong. Who is he stealing from? The store has thrown that food out. They have essentially said they no longer want
it and it is only going to a landfill site to rot.
Initially arrested for burglary, the three men were charged under an obscure section of the 1824 Vagrancy Act,
So not even charged with burglary. Police had to find a law that fit what these guys did. Hardly seems fair or worth it.
The Crown Prosecution Service ignored the pleas from the defendant's lawyers to drop the case stating that there will be significant public interest
and the case should go ahead.
I only agree that the public should know about this and hear how ridiculous it is.
With times as difficult as they are and the cost of living rising through the roof while wages remain the same how is it at all right and just to
arrest a man for taking food from a bin to eat which nobody else wants. The food will be wasted.
Where is the common sense? Why are we allowing vague and unjust laws to be created which make our lives more difficult.
This story is simple. 1 man throws excess food away. Another hungry man comes and takes the discarded food to eat, man 1 says no. Even though he
doesn't need or want the food, nobody else can have it. The law sides with the 1st man
edit on 29-1-2014 by Silicis n Volvo because: (no reason given)