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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The New York Times vs Tesla Motors For Dummies.

Tesla Model S in snowHere’s our version of the New York Times vs Tesla Motors saga for dummies by a dummy.

  1. Feb 8: New York Times columnist John Broder wrote an article about his unfavorable experience driving the Tesla Model S EV along the Tesla Supercharger network: “Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway”

  2. Feb 11: Elon Musk tweets about Mr. Broder’s article and calls it a “fake”:

    Elon Musk then follows it up with this tweet:


  3. Feb 12: Mr. Broder writes a response to Mr. Musk’s tweets in The New York Times article “The Charges Are Flying Over a Test of Tesla’s Charging Network”

  4. Feb 13: Elon Musk posts “A Most Peculiar Test Drive” on Tesla’s blog and using the data extracted from John Broder’s review Model S, counter the claims he made in the original article. Among other issues, the data shows that Mr. Broder did not fully charge his Model S, drove in circles, cranked the heat and often exceeded the recommended cruising speed of 55 mph.

  5. Feb 14: John Broder responds to Elon Musk’s post by tweeting:

We’ll see what happens next between these two but one good thing that did come out of the NY Times/Tesla battle is that I finally figured out how to embed tweets into my posts. I’m now up to 2011!


Update: Feb 14 4:41 pm PST: John Broder has responded to Elon Musk and Tesla and it looks like this story is becoming a he said / she said matter. Counseling may be next. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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CNN’s Deb Feyerick Asks Bill Nye If We Should Blame Global Warming For The Asteroid Coming Close To Earth.

CNN anchor Deb Feyerick posed the asteroid/global warming connection question to Bill Nye and he did a good job dodging it in earth-like fashion. Misinformed but honest mistake and lets hope the folks on the wrong side of the climate change debate don’t pounce on this – pretty sure they will though. I think it’s part of the denier’s credo: survive on misinformation, choke on science. [Slate]

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Canadian Company Makes Millions Sending Never Unloaded Rail Cars With Biodiesel Back And Forth Across US Border.

Rail cars carrying fuel.A loophole in how biodiesel is tracked and credited by the EPA in the US allowed a company in Toronto, Bioversel Trading Inc., to transport the same load of biodiesel back and forth across the border and make millions. From the CBC:

“Bioversel Trading hired CN Rail to import tanker loads of biodiesel to the U.S. to generate RINs, which are valuable in the U.S. because of a “greening” policy regulating the petroleum industry. The EPA’s “Renewable Fuel Standard” mandate that oil companies bring a certain amount of renewable fuel to market, quotas they can achieve through blending biofuel with fossil fuel or by purchasing RINs as offsets.

Because RINs can be generated through import, the 12 trainloads that crossed into Michigan would have contained enough biodiesel to create close to 12 million RINs. In the summer of 2010, biodiesel RINs were selling for 50 cents each, but the price soon fluctuated to more than $1 per credit.

Once “imported” to a company capable of generating RINs, ownership of the biodiesel was transferred to Bioversel’s American partner company, Verdeo, and then exported back to Canada. RINs must be “retired” once the fuel is exported from the U.S., but Bioversel says Verdeo retired ethanol RINs, worth pennies, instead of the more valuable biodiesel RINs. Bioversel claims this was all perfectly legal.”

You have to read the full crazy story on CBC’s website. [CBC via NY Times]


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DONG Snapping… Up Offshore Wind Farms.

Dong snaps up offshore wind farm headline.This is actually good news for wind power. According to DONG CEO, Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen, DONG is expanding its offshore wind farm properties to “strengthen our already ambitious development pipeline in German waters.”

This might be the only time an article opens with the headline DONG Snaps and it’s a good thing. [Business Green]

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“Welcome To The Rest Of Our Lives” Video Covers Early Summer 2012 Weather Events. Not Looking Forward To The Sequel.

Hashed together from news footage by Peter Sinclair of Climate Denial Crock of the Week, “Welcome To The Rest Of Our Lives” video might be the worst video we’ll watch this week. Is this the first time you’ve heard of a derecho? What’s worse is that the hottest part of summer hasn’t arrived so we may be adding more hot weather related terms to our daily vocabulary before it’s over. [Grist]

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