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WATCH: NY City Forcing Vendors to Throw Away Good Food — for Improperly Displaying It

New York, NY — A video was submitted to the Free Thought Project this week that is sure to infuriate all who see it.

In the video, which was originally posted on the Facebook page of Gary Schlesinger of Brooklyn, New York City trash collectors are being ordered around by an NYPD cop. They are picking up dozens of cases of fruits and vegetables — and throwing them into the back of a trash truck.

According to Schlesinger, “NYC [is] cracking down on fruit stores that put out merchandise more than 4 feet from store.”

The food was allegedly blocking a sidewalk, so, instead of asking the owner move it, or merely confiscating it from a non-compliant owner and giving it to a food shelter, the government’s decision was to put it in a landfill.

The Free Thought Project contacted the New York Police Department and the City of New York on Saturday for a statement on why they are throwing away the food, but we’ve yet to hear back.

According to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, in the 2012-2014 time frame, over 1.4 million New Yorkers – including nearly one in four of the city’s children – lived in households that lacked sufficient food.

In the Coalition’s latest annual survey of hunger in New York City – the most comprehensive of its kind – New York City’s emergency food providers (food pantries, soup kitchens, and brown bag programs) reported a 5 percent increase in need for their services, on top of a 7 percent increase in 2014, 10 percent in 2013, 5 percent in 2012, 12 percent in 2011, 7 percent in 2010, and 20 percent in 2009.

In spite of starving children, quite literally within blocks of this video, the NYPD is carrying out its tyrannical enforcement of city codes.

Please share this article so this downright despotic practice of throwing away perfectly good food will be exposed.

This is what ‘just doing your job’ has become.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

  • When the rich run the show, the show becomes a nightmare for everyone else

  • Sometimes I wish we were living in a Mad Max kind of world. Would those motherf*ckers throw away the food then?

  • This is INSANE! How can anyone justify throwing away oefectly good food while people around the world are starving?!

    The Free Thought Project… (Y) ~~> http://www.plantstogrow.com/Botany/alpa_list/list_2.htm

  • if you’re wondering what tyranny looks like …

  • WTF.

  • We waste over half the food we produce every year, way over half. Its worse than this. India is letting its people starve in the streets while rats eats tons of perfectly good wheat. They wont let them have it. Its all over the world and its because we allow evil men to tell us what to do because only evil men seak to be in control of everyone else

  • Yay government!

  • We need laws like France this is so wrong

  • wrong caption. The food is discarded because if some who has a witness that he purchased any food gets sick – a herd of roaches will be there profitting and suing the vendor for damages regardless if real or not. Roach will get half of the loot, the vendor goes bankrupt, everyone happy. Sad, sad, situation in America.

  • Disgraceful, truck loads of vegetables get thrown out because they don’t look good shape A bent carrot, an odd shape potato etc. Tonnes of perfectly good food but finally in Australia raise vegies are now being given to low income families.

  • We don’t need more laws we need to stop saying I’m just doing my job
    There is no food shortage on earth , there is a money shortage ,
    Do what’s right no matter what your boss or your government says you are in charge of your actions , fkn own it

  • Look at the fat pig in the pic. Wtf he know about hunger?

  • We have got to change the way we do things

  • Did the merchandise actually obstruct anyone using the pavement, or was it just that there was a rule to enforce?

  • #America

  • Doom plz arrive early..

  • Idk how anyone can oefectly do anything…

  • the synagogue of satan… death and destruction !!!

  • Because if someone got sick, the Democrats would demand blood

  • *Perfectly

  • Fuck nypd unless its ny purple desil

  • The USA is insane!

  • Nazi Pigs will be Nazi Pigs!

  • ive said it once and ill say it again, FUCK NYPD!

  • It’s all part of their plan…

  • Bad people bad local government bad regulations. It’s all to serve corruption. I would have to file theft charges on all the participance. PIREOD

  • As much as I think the rule itself is a little ridiculous, the consequence could at least be if noncompliant, your merchandise can be confiscated and sent to a local food pantry.

  • This country is going to hell

  • Standard neofeudalist neofascist power politics

  • a pale Horse of Hunger and Starvation … Biblical Signs

  • Assholes!

  • Who are these officers serving and protecting?

  • George W. Bush bought the Free Thought Project. RIP Free Thought! Corporate shills.

  • only retards follow those orders

  • The hilarity of this is the people who flock to your site are snobby picky eaters who would never eat food that was even moderately imperfect.

    And if that food was genetically engineered, Free Thought Project would want it burned rather than fed to starving people. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    • Wtf r you on about?


    • I may have shit for brains. It is possible. But:

      1) I know how to turn capslock off.

      2) I understand the multiple ways in which genetic modification can take place, including selective breeding, radiation-induced mutation, hybridization and trangenic alteration. I’m not a scientist. But the process is neutral. The dangers you pretend are there are imaginary. If you were more familiar with the dangers of invasive, disruptive, and noxious species, you might redirect your worries. If you better understood the dangers of global warming, you might find a subject worthy of capslock screaming.

    • Bonnie Cull-Vautour GMOs is poison? You’re an idiot, but you agree with everything this site posts, so you think the rest of us are “sheeple” and “shit for brains”. Every year 10 million people die of starvation on this planet and the one technology that could allow us to produce enough food to feed them is something the left is dead set against no matter what. Why? Because you think Monsanto is evil? What do you think of starvation? Edward Foy is correct about this phony site.

  • Wouldn’t it be easier and less wasteful for them to carry it back into the store? Public servants, what a laugh.

  • I see this every single day. Matter of fact, a co-worker and I were discussing this very subject yesterday.

  • Is this NYC or Beijing?

  • All American citizens should be concerned about this. It’s just the beginning. Some states of America have also recently declared “Homelessness” to be a criminal offence.

  • Like the cop lovers say ..when they kill unarmed human.. don’t break the law and you don’t have nothing to worry about

  • What a terrible waste!

  • Cops are badged FOOLS.

  • sorry It’s the law, we have to

  • Isis does this type of thing. Crazy

  • Randal Barrett

    They should have confiscated it and given it to the poor and hungry! Very Very Evil!

    • Something or What

      Confiscated? You mean steal.

      • Randal Barrett

        No! If the law was broken and confiscation is required, then giving it to hungry is better than trashing it. Does the law require confiscation? Are there other options provided in the law? Warnings? Fines? Stupid to throw away good food!

  • Welcome to the police state where you will obey or else !

  • Corporate Fascism is against humanity. Human beings versus profits

  • doesent surprise me goverment has gone to hell.


  • TARDS.

  • Because there are perfectly ignorant people in uniform being a tool instead of being a human!…

  • What a disgrace…..

  • Why? Because america the Corrupt SUCKS.

  • Dale Shipley

    The article starts out N.Y. finest. Total fail. please try again, like N.Y. opressers.

  • My question is! Why aren’t the store owners allowed to put the food inside instead of throwing it away. Make no sense. If your already getting ticketed , then what’s the sense of throwing the food away. And why allow it!!?!?!?!?

  • James Kuhn

    The officers don’t make the laws. Let’s place the blame where it belongs.

  • Find out who is responsible and if no help is forthcoming from the governor on down….you know what to do!

  • disgusting

  • Guy Kelley

    Why is it, it seems that most city cops are fat, and look rather stupid ? Could it be the city’s hiring preference.

  • Unlicensed vendor and food not inspected. New York did the right thing!!!

    • Where did you come up with unlicensed vendor and food not inspected? There is no mention of that, only of a code violation for displaying more than 4 feet from the store front. Link to another source? Or did you pull this from a dark part of your anatomy?

  • still believe u living in a land of the free? ahah that line is nothing but a joke…

  • Evident sample of devaluation of human society.

  • Unbelievable!!!!

  • This is shameful.

  • No common sense or decency

  • Gordon Klock

    I’m starting to think the city of New York is ridiculously sadistic & completely evil as hell, & just pretends to be unbelievably ignorant & stupid….

  • This is such a disgrace!!!! Such a waste. They should do what France is doing and force vendors instead of throwing away, to give to the hungry. Even if it’s perishable- wash, bag and freeze that stuff up! Hungry people are not picky about what they eat, and having thawed out frozen food is a luxury to them!!!!!! It’s so simple!!!!!!

  • wtf man bullshit capitalism !!!!!

  • people are starving and this is what capitalism does with food

  • Because then us liberals will just be dependent and expected to be given food while republicans work.

  • Its for the protection of the public

  • Cam Alft

    this is liberal thinking at it’s finest right here!im guessing someone didn’t pay their protection money to the NYPD this week!?!
    if the cops were smart,they would put it where the homeless could get to it easy!make some brownie points…but sadly these criminals(aka;cops) don’t give two shit’s about any people that live in the city!

    • Gar Gedig

      I know this is tricky wording, but I’ll ask anyway: What proof do you have that the cops & city workers did NOT “…put it where the homeless could get to it…” easily? Also, what proof do you have that all cops “…don’t give two shit’s about any people that live in the city..”?

      Tangentially, could you be so kind as to show we readers how many times the store was warned this would happen? How many days in a row the store simply paid each day’s fine for blocking the sidewalk (and causing taxpayers to walk out into the street, while the traffic would approach from their backside’s blind spot?

      • Cam Alft

        ah….your one of ‘those’,a copsucker….geeze.acting smart don’t mean you are.as you may well know,there isn’t enough info here to answer your loaded questions,but the garbage truck gives it away,and if the cops did…the wouldn’t have shot nine people when the recklessly shot into a crowd of about a hundred people a few months ago,and they most definitly wouldn’t murder a guy in cold blood and cover it up over over him breaking up a fight and if a NY’er was dumb enough to walk into traffic,knowing how it is,then it’s called thinning the herd…..mr copsucker.,cops are corrupt,they work for a corrupt system willingly and wantedly……so go and take your support of corruption elsewhere..good day.

  • Sick, good food can go to needy people…welcome to the police state

  • Those damn Progressives love making laws to control everyday life.

  • Bhagavad Gita

    This is so wrong on so many levels.

  • Cunt hairs!

  • Almost like something weird is going on ???

  • WOW