Jubbling Shouldn’t Be A Crime: Starbucks Barista Eats Food Out Of The Trash. Gets Fired.

Coulson Loptmann - former Starbucks barista who ate food out of the trash.

Former Starbucks barista, Coulson Loptmann, was fired for eating food out of the trash.

A Starbucks barista, who’s on food stamps, ate some food from the trash and got fired. Here’s the story (Consumerist):

“A 21-year-old barista who worked at a downtown Seattle Starbucks claims he was fired for taking a sandwich out of the trash and eating it. He argues that since his employers were going to toss it anyway, why should he be punished for pulling it out of the garbage, especially when he hasn’t been working enough hours to pay his bills?

The former employee tells The Stranger that he hadn’t eaten all day and was on a seven-hour shift, so when a coworker threw out some breakfast sandwiches that were out of stock, he figured it’d be fine and dandy to grab one for himself.

‘She said, ‘What a waste, huh?’’ he explained. ‘And she tossed it in the garbage. I figured, it’s in plastic, it’s fine. So I reached in and grabbed it.’

It wasn’t fine, according to what he says his manager told him a week later: She’d heard of the sandwich incident and spoken to HR, and ‘they consider it stealing, and it’s against policy. So I’m sorry, but I have to terminate you.’

A Starbucks spokesman says he can’t comment on an individual employee because ‘it is a violation of our policy to consume marked-out products.’ It’s not about stealing, either he adds: ‘We do not want our partners to consume potentially spoiled products and get sick.’

So could you get fired for breaking that policy? Not usually, said the spokesman, unless it was the culmination of a ‘broader, ongoing performance issue.’

The worker insists there were no such issues, and that he doesn’t believe the policy against eating out of the trash is about his own health, and not stealing.”

What I read: a hungry Starbucks barista was fired for Jubblingly eating some good food that shouldn’t have been tossed in the trash. Probably a misunderstanding similar to what George Costanza experienced in the Seinfeld episode where he ate an eclair out of the trash.

So please Starbucks, reconsider and give this kid his job back. Jubbling isn’t a crime but the unnecessary waste of throwing out perfectly good food should be. [The Stranger and Consumerist]


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Hachikyo Restaurant In Northern Japan Fines Customers Who Don’t Eat Everything In Their Bowl.

Hachikyo Restaurant Sapporo JapanAmazing! Hachikyo restaurant in Sapporo Japan has a signature dish, tsukko meshi or salmon roe on rice, and if you order it and don’t eat your entire meal – you have to make a donation.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

From RocketNews 24:

“According to the explanation in the menu, the working conditions for fishermen are harsh and so dangerous that it’s not unknown for lives to be lost. To show our gratitude and appreciation for the food they provide, it is forbidden to leave even one grain of rice in your bowl. Customers who do not finish their tsukko meshi must give a donation.”

We need to port this idea stateside. Have you ever been to a Vegas buffet and seen the amount of food thrown out? Even closer to home, have lunch at your kid’s school and check out the amount of uneaten food that gets tossed. It’s mind numbing.

The way the Hachikyo restaurant limits food waste is by bringing their customers closer to the fisherman that catch their food. And taking it further, staff members at the restaurant are trained to appreciate what they’re serving by working on the fishing boats.

Maybe every restaurant should have a trash monitor or servers that reward customers for eating all of their food. For more information on food waste, check out Jonathan Bloom’s WastedFood.com. [RocketNews 24]

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United Nation’s Think.Eat.Save Campaign To Reduce Food Waste.

Mound of wasted food.The Think.Eat.Save campaign wants to make it easy for people to reduce the amount of food they throw out. With the help of the NRDC and WRAP UK, Think.Eat.Save compiled a list of tips we can follow immediately to reduce food waste. Here are some to help you get started:

  1. Shop Smart — plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items.
  2. Understand Expiration Dates — in the US, “sell-by” and “use-by” dates are not federally regulated and do not indicate safety, except on certain baby foods. Rather, they are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Most foods can be safely consumed well after their use-by dates.
  3. Zero Down Your Fridge — eat food that is already in your fridge before buying more or making something new, which will save time and money.
  4. Say Freeze and Use Your Freezer — frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad.
  5. Request Smaller Portions — restaurants will often provide half-portions upon request at reduced prices.
  6. Love Leftovers – tonight’s leftover chicken roast can be part of tomorrow’s sandwich. Very few of us take leftovers home from restaurants. Don’t be embarrassed to do so!

Worldwide, over 1/3 of all food produced is not consumed. And the waste isn’t limited to tossed food; it’s also a massive waste of land, energy and water necessary to produce and deliver the 1.2+ billion tons of food we throw out. [Guardian]

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This Thanksgiving, 203 Million Pounds Of Edible Turkey Meat Will Be Thrown Out.

Thanksgiving turkey waste

“Why do we have to eat turkey at Thanksgiving? Why can’t we have chicken katsu instead?
Harry, November 19, 2012


For my son Harry, turkey meat can best be described as his barf-inducing kryptonite and it turns out that he’s not the only one avoiding turkey at Thanksgiving. According to US Department of Agriculture figures, US consumers throw out a crazy 203 million pounds (35%) of edible turkey meat each Thanksgiving. Yes we could all make more of an effort to NOT throw out our leftover turkey by saving fridge/freezer space for it in advance or by purchasing a smaller bird. But if Harry could decide, we’d dump the turkey altogether and switch to a Thanksgiving chicken. USDA numbers support this move by showing that Americans throw out 15% of the edible chicken meat – 60% less waste than turkey***.

Hopefully Harry won’t use this data and throw Jubbling back in my face in order to make his case for Thanksgiving chicken. He may be successful because having Jubbling thrown back at me is my kryptonite. [UPI.com]


***Sorry vegetarians and vegans. I couldn’t find numbers on Tofurky.

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Jubbling Should Not Be A Crime: Kentucky Restaurant Closed Down After Rolling In The Roadkill.

Red Flower Chinese RestaurantThe Red Flower Chinese Restaurant really screwed up by rolling some freshly road-killed deer through their front door. Pretty amateur if you ask me. One patron’s take:

“There was this tail, a big, white, fuzzy, tail. A leg was sticking out of the garbage can. One of the other employees was mopping up blood that was dripping out of the garbage and on to the floor.”

From the video, you know what the restaurant did is beyond sketchy when a Kentucky Environmental Health Inspector says it’s the craziest thing he’s ever seen.

Now Jubbling is a huge proponent of limiting food waste but we don’t recommend eating roadkill. If you’re cool with it and you find a newly departed opossum (possum-nuggets?) on the side of the road, bring it in through the back door and not the front. No sense in attracting a lot of pre-meal attention to your discovery and soon-to-be family dinner. [Consumerist]

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Is It Jubbling To Feed Wild Critters Your Food Scraps Versus Throwing Them In The Garbage?

Throw food out or feed the critters - what is more Jubbling?It’s estimated that 1.3 billion tons of food, 1/3 of the food produced, is wasted annually. In Western countries, it’s easy to see the amount of waste by peeking in any dumpster behind a grocery store or restaurant. In homes, the inconvenience of composting and the ease of dumping in the garbage or sink disposal makes throwing out food a kind of non-point source form of food waste. I’ve wasted my share of food but now, I make an effort to compost and buy less.

So about 3 years ago, my wife walked outside and saw our neighbor on her deck throwing food scraps to a small group of raccoons. Of course she thought feeding wild animals was all kind of crazy but our neighbor explained that as a Christian, she believed food should not be wasted. My wife could’ve suggested composting or encouraged her to buy less but she was caught off guard by her response and responded with an “oh” and came back inside.

It all got me thinking: is it better to give food waste back to nature or throw it out? If these are the only two options, we recommend that you just throw it out.

Unlike humans, the wildlife population is managed naturally by the availability of food. Feeding the raccoons on a regular basis only throws this off and makes them dependent on scraps. Without it, they’ll struggle and some will starve. The Christian value of being an earth steward is great and can motivate people to do wonderful things. I don’t believe feeding wild animals food scraps is one of them.

It’s the only time I’ll say this but if the alternative is feeding the wildlife, choose to waste food instead. Obviously, composting is the best option but if you’re not, grind it, trash it, burn it – whatever. As good as you may feel about feeding the critters, you’re hurting them more than you’re helping.

Update: Unfortunately it has only gotten worse. Our neighbor now regularly feeds the raccoons scoops of some kind of “Raccoon Chow” and there can be up to 10 raccoons sitting outside her door daily waiting to get fed. Their formally tolerable, berry-laden poop has been replaced by something that smells like dog crap and because they live in our trees (neighbors removed theirs), they drop their loads every time they come back over to our yard. It’s like a daily scat-by.

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