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Lazy Al    Posted 11-08-2004 at 09:21:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
We was in town Sunday afternoon and ended up going to Ponderosa to eat .
You go in and order your meal and you can also help your self to the food bar ,salad bar and desert bar .
So as we were sitting there I started observing two couples at a couple tables over . They were in their late sixties or early seventies . Soon as their meal came , meat and a baked potato , they got doggie bags and put the meat and potato away to take home and proceeded to go and pork right out on the food bar .
I guess it takes all kinds. To me it's like stealing in a way . Maybe I'm to old fashion .

Pamntx    Posted 11-08-2004 at 12:41:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
It seems to me that people spend more time these days justifying their bad actions than just doing what is expected. Until we can get past this "me" fascination that has crept upon our society, I don't see anyway out of it. I've just turned "50" and feel like a duck out of water. Guess my beliefs are that you don't "deserve" anything handed to you. Unfortunately, haven't seemed to pass this belief onto my children or most of my friends and acquaintances. ONE MORE reason my husband and myself are moving to the country. No neighbors and not as much contact with people trying to prove how much better they are than the next person. Okay, off my soap box now. Have a great day!

big fred    Posted 11-08-2004 at 12:47:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
How old are your kids? You'd be amazed how much you've passed on to them. I know I have been.

PamnTx    Posted 11-08-2004 at 12:56:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
My son is 21 and daughter is 25. Just seems like they don't understand what being "independent" really means. Of course, maybe because I don't push the issue. Hopefully one day they will appreciate what has basically been handed to them. Sort of explained my own problem didn't I?

Melanie    Posted 11-08-2004 at 12:19:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw, that's theft. Whether people can justify it or not, whether the restaurant can afford it or not, whether you can afford food or not, doesn't change the reality of what was done, which was stealing. Even with the excuses that were used: "They were old and couldn't afford to buy their own"; "They paid for their potato and it was all-you-can-eat"; "Restaurants throw away more than those people could possibly take"; it's still stealing, right, wrong, justified or otherwise. That was the question. I will give my opinion of the answer, and leave others to make the moral decision.

deadcarp    Posted 11-08-2004 at 11:33:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
that reminds me - i missed gleaning spuds this year. boy they're nice when they're fresh and wherever the picker cleans out, there's a heap of nice ones. you know that after all the waste from sorting & processing, the biggest waste (50%) is the very best ones that are thrown away by customers in restaurants?:)

Doggie detailers    Posted 11-08-2004 at 11:27:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My mother in law does it and one day in front of the kids. "Daddy" had to say he would not accept stolen goods and that got her mad. This lady is not poor and takes free bread from the churches.She also buys stuff on sale and then returns it, and gets full credit at a different store branch, cause she crabbs so much. Unfortuanatly she just increased the price of the grandkids new shirt or next trip to hometown buffet.

Donna from Mo    Posted 11-08-2004 at 11:50:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I work with a woman in her 50s who brags about filling up pockets and purse with stuff at buffets. She actually laughs about it.

steve19438    Posted 11-08-2004 at 11:00:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
you don't have to be young, on drugs, have a mullet haircut and be tattooed to be a thief!

Ennis    Posted 11-08-2004 at 09:49:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
you should never criticize someone until you walked a mile in their moccasins

And God forbid should you ever become poor or old enough that you have to steal food.

Amen    Posted 11-09-2004 at 05:45:02       [Reply]  [No Email]

Quint    Posted 11-09-2004 at 05:41:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you can afford to go to a restaurant you sure ain't poor and I'll criticize anyone picking my pocket.

That kind of thing makes me mad. Just like when I was pretty hard up and working 3 jobs and would go to the grocery store counting my change and see some welfare queen dragging her 6 undisciplined kids ( several obviously from different fathers) behind her. I would be buying the cheapest hamburger, generic crackers, beans and rice and the welfare queen has a cart full of name brand convenience foods, fresh fruit out of season and cuts of meat I sure couldn't afford. She also was sure to have a set of fingernails/painted claws or a hair-do that probably cost more than my weekly grocery budget. Sure enough here I am with my cheap grub in my dirty work clothes late for my next job and welfare queen whips out the food stamps. 'Nuff to make a preacher cuss.

It isn't that someone had more than me. I didn't care if someone else could afford things I couldn't. What burned me was that I was paying for this walking welfare line's irresponsible lifestyle.

I guess now they put the food stamps on ATM cards so those leaching off working folks won't feel so uncomfortable at the grocery store. If the feds want to give out free food they should give out staples like flour, butter, dry milk, cheese etc in food packs of some sort. Nobody on welfare should be eating high off the hog on the taxpayers dime.

Quint......    Posted 11-09-2004 at 06:54:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have a program called "Coats for Kids" in a nearby large city. Every year folks donate $$$$, a couple of 18 wheelers go up to Maine and LL Bean fills the trucks with good coats at a very discounted price. For the past 6 years the wife and I have donated heavily to this program to benefit kids.
Last year we were called and asked to donate a day of our time to distribute the coats. Off we went to help out of course.
1 hour into the coat giveaway a very large person of color entered the truck where I was. She proceeded to grab coats and pile them on the floor. I thought it was something that this woman should have so many kids! She ended up taking 14 coats. I later found out that she does not have any kids.....she sells the coats for drug money and is a well known drug abuser in the neighborhood where she lives.Yeah she's on welfare and her housing is provided free....along with cable,phone,electric,and heat.
Now this woman has been doing this for at least 5 years and no one has put a stop to it cuz they know she'll holler racism to the liberal press there in the city. Bad publicity means reduced donations; which means less coats for really poor kids.


big fred    Posted 11-08-2004 at 10:08:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, Criminy, nobody in this country has to steal food to get by. Even in the blue-est counties in the blue-est states there are places you can go for food if you are poor and hungry. That's what food banks, missions and churches are for.

Zenia    Posted 11-08-2004 at 12:44:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
But what if you have this misfortune of living in one of the red states?

(sorry, couldn't help it)

big fred    Posted 11-08-2004 at 12:45:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
You go and ask your neighbor

Zenia    Posted 11-08-2004 at 14:51:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good answer!

Burrhead    Posted 11-08-2004 at 10:20:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's about the same as what they said when the Gipper moved all the factory workers and their families under the bridges Fred.

SOME FOLKS    Posted 11-08-2004 at 09:36:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
who would not dream of stealing anything from someone will take food like that with the excuse "I paid for it and it was mine to take and the Bar is all You can eat". Knew a Lady, epitome of honesty,would take empty plastic lined purse to Food bar, fill it to take home.After of course eating Her fill.

Hawk    Posted 11-08-2004 at 09:31:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
i guess its like a twofer. makin that greenback stretch.

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