Some people may remember the fruit-cake loudmouths and other loonies when they were publishing their extreme concern over the amount of food which is allegedly wasted from the nation’s kitchens, fridges and tabletops. We were admonished because of our proclivity for eating only part of whatever was cooked, and then gaily throwing the remainder into overflowing dust-bins. Where these people got their statistics and records from, was not disclosed, but they seemed pretty concerned with something which is, and was, really none of their bloody business.
Which brings me to today’s small rant, which is obliquely on the same thing, which is of course food which, for one reason or another, is ditched, thrown, or simply discarded. Seems as though a branch of Iceland, a British frozen-food and vegetable retailer, was known to ditch varying quantities of food into a dumpster located in the delivery yard at the rear of the store. One solid citizen phoned the police when seeing three guys climb over the rear wall, believing a robbery was taking place, but it wasn’t a normal theft; the dumped food was the target of the intrepid trio, as they were arrested with the proceeds of this violent attack on civilization, namely tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr. Kipling’s cakes.
The Crown Persecution Prosecution Service was asked to consider dropping the case, but the CPS responded this month that the case would go ahead, because “we feel there is significant public interest in prosecuting these three individuals”. The Law which forms the basis of this action against these men stems from 1824, and the charge reads “being in an enclosed area, namely Iceland (Store), for an unlawful purpose, namely stealing food”.
Now my question simply is, should these men have just been warned and set free; or should they even have been charged over the taking of food which had already been dumped, destined for landfill? Should the Majesty of the Law be arraigned against three men who were simply trying to feed themselves with food rejected by its legal owner?
The case against three men accused of stealing food from bins outside an Iceland store has been dropped by prosecutors.
Paul May, William James and Jason Chan were arrested in Kentish Town, north London, in October.
The men denied charges brought under the 1824 Vagrancy Act.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Iceland had made representations that “affected our assessment of the public interest in prosecuting”.
I bet they made bloody representations! Just think of the negative impact on their stores already! Bloody CPS; f***ing useless!