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So, today I was out and about and one of the chores I needed to do was find some sturdy boxes to store some stuff in. As I pulled into Aldi's I could see some banana boxes sticking out. Yeah! My lucky day! I could kill 2 birds with one trip. Went to pull the boxes out of the dumpster, and lo and behold, the boxes were full of slightly brown bananas. Now I am not opposed to picking certain things out of the dumpster, but I could not get myself to pull any food out of the thing. My mother said I should have brought some of the bananas home, as there wasn't anything wrong with them (and from what I could see, there wasn't, except for some brown spots, and they weren't that bad). So, give me feedback, would you have salvaged some of the bananas?:confused:
 

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I dont think I would have. I would be concerned about chemicals and things also being tossed in the dumpster. I know the peel protects the bananna but I would be worried that something could penetrate it. I am just too chicken!!
 

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No, I would be too worried taking food from a dumpster.
 

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Nope, absolutely no way would I take food from a dumpster...
 

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No, I wouldn't want to take a chance in getting my family or myself sick.
 

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Glad to hear others feel the same way I do on this one, but it bothers me that Aldi's has never heard of Second Harvest. Perhaps they should have donated before throwing away. Thanks for the imput. Dorie
 

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It bothers me to see places throwing good stuff away. When my dh worked for Pizza Hut, they would have extra dough and they were supposed to throw it out.. but my hubby and his co-workers made them into pizzas late at night and donated them to the local feeding program. When the pizzas were ready, the director of the program would come pick them up and feed them to the needy the next day, reheated.
 

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I definitely have and will continue to do so!

Let's see, 2 bushels of green beans, one bushel of bananas, several bushels of cantelopes, apples, tangerines (several 3 lb bags of the expensive minis), two pineapples, apples, potatoes, strawberries, grapes, lettuce, cabbage, corn on the cob...tomatoes...cukes...

About the only thing I haven't eaten out of the dumpster has been processed food. Produce which the stores cannont sell go into the dumpster. Most stores, even if they have a marked down produce section do not want to continue offering huge amounts of marked down produce because then there will be a lot less buyers for the fresh higher priced produce.

I canned some wonderful blackberry grape jelly out of the grapes that were in the dumpster. And my neighbors and freinds love it and they know where I got the grapes.

Of course there are some people who are really afraid of anybody finding out where they got their stuff and I say goody, that leaves more for people who really need it.

And for those of you who are afraid of being poisoned....:laugh: If you are squeemish about that? Don't ever buy any produce from a grocery store. If you knew what that produce went through when it was being packed you'd be afraid to eat it.

I worked at a packing company in FL and I couldn't eat carrots for a long, long time...and then I thought hey, I cook them and eat them and I wash them before I cook them, anything that survives that will either help me or kill me.

I think there are people who have allowed the media to make them paranoid about germs. I quit using anti-bacterial soaps and now I don't get sick. My immune system has been built back up. All I do is take some vitamin C tablets and don't worry about the germs.

The last bug I caught was knocking everybody down for several months and mine lasted about a week. That was a couple of years ago. A few germs are good for a body.
 

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Funny story...

Way back in 1986 when we were moving and looking for boxes, we drove to King Soopers in Colorado late the night before packing. While throwing produce boxes in the back of the truck, I spotted a huge celophane wrapped box of assorted maple bars and donuts that were placed along side of the dumpster with wilted lettuce and other perishable foods.

I was so upset at the waste of these donuts that I asked my husband to drive me over to the railroad tracks to place the box on the picnic table for the homeless who slept nearby.

Early the next morning, while we were moving to our new location, we drove by to see if the donuts had been taken and were very surprised to see 3 well dressed men in suits holding clipboards and writing down the contents of the box.

I'm guessing that they may have thought the food that had been placed there, was poisoned??? :carrot:
 

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Patches I am with you! I would have raided that sucker! lol
I got over 50 pounds of cheeses from a Kroger dumpster. I canned 40 quarts of sour kraut too. My sister in law works in a Kroger bakery and she says that they throw stuff out just to throw it out. The have more than enought to stock and then just toss the rest.
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My mother (a child of the depression) told me that when I was still living at home, many, many years ago, she and my dad would go to one of the local stores and go into the dumpster. According to her, this particular store would put the old produce, usually still wrapped, right on the top, kinda to encourage those who needed (or wanted) it to take it. Perhaps that is why she said I should have gotten some 'nanas. I also saw potatoes in there, but not as numerous. I have never taken food out of a dumpster, but, have taken other useful items. <P> My youngest son has confessed to removing single serving bags of chips from a dumpster when he was about 16 and sharing with all his friends. I said yuck, but he said ," hey they were still sealed and besides they were free." I don't know if it is my frugality, his lack of cash or just the urge to live dangerously that made him do it. He also confessed to waiting for Dunkin' Donuts to close and raiding their dumpster. He said they usually put the leftover donuts in a plastic bag before putting them out. Still, its not the thought of germs, but the thought of what else may have been eating out of the leftovers. I suppose if you know that they havn't been there very long....
 

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Ah well, to each his own!

I will tell you my latest dumpster finds!!!

about 15 peices of Partylite still in their original boxes, beautiful brass and lead crystal. Some collectible christmas ornaments, a bottle of Gesso (I paint), some paint, some candles, a new comforter with pillow shams, a new sleeping bag, a nice dust ruffle, a microwave, some jars of change, some more paint, some nice clothes for some toddlers which will go to a freind of mine, some nice ladies clothes but I don't have anybody that wears that small a size...

I went dumpster shopping the other day and must have gotten over $400 worth of free stuff. Brand new stuff!

There was a beautiful photo chest in there, still had all the bubble packing and stuff taped around it. I thought it was a jewelry box but it is for photos.

You ladies don't know the simple joys that you are missing.
 

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Those kinds of dumpster finds I think are wonderful. It bothers me that we are such a wasteful nation. I believe that we could support another nation just on what we throw away. I would have picked that type of stuff out myself. But the thought of food still bothers me. <P>When I worked at Hancock Fabrics, we threw away patterns at the end of the season. The pattern company's didn't want them back, but didn't want them in circulation, either. They actually wanted us to dump water over the patterns after we put them in the dumpster, so nobody could salvage them. We never did, though. We had a gentleman's agreement with them that we would not take them home. I believe some of us lived up to it, and others didn't. Also the Leisure Arts books, some were sent back to the company and others were dumpstered. Some of the reps let us keep them, others preferred we destroy them. I really hate that type of waste. Why not just do mark downs and sell them?:confused: Or donate? It drives me nuts!:bang:
 

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Ah, it's all based on greed. If they can't have it (the money) they sure don't want anybody else to share the wealth.
 
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