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"Take it, or we'll throw it"


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"Take it, or we'll throw it"

foodiebeme | Sep 26, 2012 06:04 PM


First time poster. I'm an engineer here in the Bay Area. I eat out a lot and often end up at restaurants late into the evening, right about closing time. As a result, I've been the recipient of a lot of free food, accompanied by a very direct, "Take it, or we'll throw it". Although I appreciate the gesture, I've noticed that despite handing out freebies to customers, there is still a lot of good, yummy food that ends up in the trash. It makes me wonder, why don't restaurants donate more instead of throwing it?

At first, I presumed liability. However, after a quick google search, I found that in 1996 Congress passed the 'Emerson Good Samaritan Act' which eliminates donor liability, except in the case of gross negligence.

There are food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations which will come pick up the food for free. So what gives?

As this forum is full of people who passionately care about what they eat, I thought it might bother some of you, too.

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