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Post  walshevak on 9/8/2013, 4:29 pm

I was at Walmart and the produce lady was clearing out peaches. I walked over and asked her about them and picked up a few to examine. She said she was clearing out the unsaleable one to throw in the garbage. I was looking them over and, yes, there were some soft spots, but nothing really rotten. I asked her about "throwing" them my way, knowing the answer would be no and then I offered to purchase them at half off. She checked with the produce manager and was told Walmart would not allow this. They had to be destroyed. Couldn't even be donated to the food bank.

People, these peaches were barely going bad. Just needed a little paring around some bad places. I've seen, picked and used worse. WHAT A WASTE!!!

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Post  sanderson on 9/8/2013, 4:32 pm

Probably a liability issue. What a waste.
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Post  camprn on 9/8/2013, 5:05 pm

That is down right criminal in my book. Don't tell us, write a letter to Walmart, regional manager and the president and include one to your local newspaper.

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 9/8/2013, 5:11 pm

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Post  plantoid on 9/8/2013, 6:16 pm

walshevak wrote:I was at Walmart and the produce lady was clearing out peaches.  I walked over and asked her about them and picked up a few to examine.  She said she was clearing out the unsaleable one to throw in the garbage.  I was looking them over and, yes, there were some soft spots, but nothing really rotten.  I asked her about "throwing" them my way, knowing the answer would be no and then I offered to purchase them at half off.  She checked with the produce manager and was told Walmart would not allow this.  They had to be destroyed.  Couldn't even be donated to the food bank.  

People, these peaches were barely going bad.  Just needed a little paring around some bad places.  I've seen, picked and used worse.   WHAT A WASTE!!!

Kay



Kay ,
Yah should have said, " It's for making garden compost to the recipe of that great square foot gardener of world wide fame who is  called Mel Bartholomew ..you know the one who had the TV programmes and write all those books . He advocates using all manner of vegetable and fruit waste to get a balanced compost.  I'm happy to sign an addressed disclaimer that it will only be used for compost and never ever eaten  " .
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Post  littlejo on 9/8/2013, 9:36 pm

Pure greed.
Where did they originate? We get fruit and veggies from way across the country at our local Walmart, and the local farmers have to sell their stuff at the farmer's market. Doesn't make good sense. Sam Walton is turning over and over in his grave!
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Post  walshevak on 9/8/2013, 9:40 pm

littlejo wrote:Pure greed.
Where did they originate? We get fruit and veggies from way across the country at our local  Walmart, and the local farmers have to sell their stuff at the farmer's market. Doesn't make good sense. Sam Walton is turning over and over in his grave!
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They were eastern US peaches, SC

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Post  walshevak on 9/8/2013, 9:41 pm

plantoid wrote:
walshevak wrote:I was at Walmart and the produce lady was clearing out peaches.  I walked over and asked her about them and picked up a few to examine.  She said she was clearing out the unsaleable one to throw in the garbage.  I was looking them over and, yes, there were some soft spots, but nothing really rotten.  I asked her about "throwing" them my way, knowing the answer would be no and then I offered to purchase them at half off.  She checked with the produce manager and was told Walmart would not allow this.  They had to be destroyed.  Couldn't even be donated to the food bank.  

People, these peaches were barely going bad.  Just needed a little paring around some bad places.  I've seen, picked and used worse.   WHAT A WASTE!!!

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Kay ,
Yah should have said, " It's for making garden compost to the recipe of that great square foot gardener of world wide fame who is  called Mel Bartholomew ..you know the one who had the TV programmes and write all those books . He advocates using all manner of vegetable and fruit waste to get a balanced compost.  I'm happy to sign an addressed disclaimer that it will only be used for compost and never ever eaten  " .
These peaches were too good to compost. A bit hard, but not gone bad at all.

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Post  landarch on 9/8/2013, 11:14 pm

I've ran into this before...stopped in at my local Hy-Vee grocery and asked if they gave away spoiled produce for composting.  It was against their policy because they didn't want anyone eating old food after it left their store.

In the Kansas City River Market you can find food vendors selling aged produce from grocery distributors...food good enough to cook with in the next day or two...but not good enough for retail.

The peach growers in the KC area are winding down for the season...I've purchased big boxes of "seconds" for a few dollars, cut out the bad parts, sliced, and stored in the freezer.  Too bad retailers can't handle the liability of giving away ok produce for eating or composting.
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Post  walshevak on 9/9/2013, 8:09 am

I didn't even want a give away. I was willing to purchase at a discounted price. Wouldn't sell to me.

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Post  Millenia on 9/9/2013, 11:16 am

I'm sure they're worried about liability. All it takes is one person to claim they were made ill by the 'bad' peaches they purchased at Wal Mart, or even the free ones handed out the back door. It may seem crazy, but in our sue-happy nation, businesses have to protect themselves.

Also, I read recently where Wal Mart is implementing a plan to purchase produce locally whenever possible. I noticed a lot of fairly local produce at Wal Mart this summer.
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Post  plantoid on 9/9/2013, 9:07 pm

walshevak wrote:
plantoid wrote:
walshevak wrote:I was at Walmart and the produce lady was clearing out peaches.  I walked over and asked her about them and picked up a few to examine.  She said she was clearing out the unsaleable one to throw in the garbage.  I was looking them over and, yes, there were some soft spots, but nothing really rotten.  I asked her about "throwing" them my way, knowing the answer would be no and then I offered to purchase them at half off.  She checked with the produce manager and was told Walmart would not allow this.  They had to be destroyed.  Couldn't even be donated to the food bank.  

People, these peaches were barely going bad.  Just needed a little paring around some bad places.  I've seen, picked and used worse.   WHAT A WASTE!!!

Kay



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Yah should have said, " It's for making garden compost to the recipe of that great square foot gardener of world wide fame who is  called Mel Bartholomew ..you know the one who had the TV programmes and write all those books . He advocates using all manner of vegetable and fruit waste to get a balanced compost.  I'm happy to sign an addressed disclaimer that it will only be used for compost and never ever eaten  " .
These peaches were too good to compost.  A bit hard, but not gone bad at all.

Kay

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 9/10/2013, 1:09 pm

landarch wrote:
In the Kansas City River Market you can find food vendors selling aged produce from grocery distributors...food good enough to cook with in the next day or two...but not good enough for retail.
How confident of that are you? Not the food quality, it's source. I lot of product like that is actual fished out of the garbage.

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Post  cheyannarach on 9/10/2013, 2:56 pm

What a waste indeed, it just takes a few people out there to ruin things like this for everyone. People these days are so lawsuit happy, it's a shame what it does to the rest of the world!
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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/10/2013, 5:43 pm

Yup, it's a shame, but often businesses are all but forced to throw away good stuff for fear of liability. It's a very real issue -- it's not just that something bad has to happen -- it's that certain things will make an insurer refuse coverage for you, deny a claim, or raise your rates sky-high. Before anything bad has even happened.

Same with businesses with space to lend out to community events, or homes with swimming pools that could be considered "attractive nuisances" that tempt some kid into coming into your yard without your knowledge or permission, even if they have to climb over a fence to do it, and then hurting himself somehow -- or even pretending to. I don't see anywhere near as many homes being built with pools anymore. A neighbor of ours just had his filled in.
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