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Old 06-30-2014, 12:04 PM
 
Location: metropolis
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He was wrong but they were probably going to throw out most of them anyway. Good food going to waste when there are so many hungry people, especially children who would love to eat those muffins.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:25 PM
 
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Restaurants don't want to have homeless hanging round there place at the end of the night to get the Day/old's for safely, security reasons.
^^^^ This.

I'm also guessing there was a bit more to it.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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You have to wonder how many muffins or other kind of food Cracker Barrel throws away daily for being out too long/too old, etc. And is whatever profit CB gets from a lousy muffin worth the bad publicity they're getting for taking a hard line and firing a kindly (yet possibly misguided) employee
Irrelevant. If that employee asked the manager if it was OK to give a homeless guy a stale muffin, that's one thing. Like others said, he essentially stole from his employer. It's petty theft, granted, but theft just the same. The outrage here is over his age and veteran status. Ask yourselves, those of you who feel the indignation over those two factors, what your feelings would be if he was a 21-year-old kid with long hair and an earring.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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That's the world today. A lowly employee isn't supposed to give anything away even if they bought it. Giant corporations have no room for that. OTOH word of freebies can get around quickly for the not-really-needy.


Employers everywhere tend to frown upon employees giving away their property without paying for it, even if it is for a good cause.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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He was wrong but they were probably going to throw out most of them anyway. Good food going to waste when there are so many hungry people, especially children who would love to eat those muffins.


A lot of places end up donating day old baked goods....etc. Panera is one that comes to mind.



I think this is a PR nightmare for Cracker Barrel because it looks like they are picking on a vet and an elderly guy all in one but even the guy admitted that he was in the wrong. Since he had been warned multiple times about just giving stuff away, its hard to argue that this wasn't the inevitable conclusion.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:17 PM
 
Location: MA
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Kindness is still kindness....sorry.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I love how black and white everyone's morals are, like the cracker barrel is some little business that can't handle three worthless items over this guy's 3 years of employment. They probably waste half their inventory every night anyway.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:30 PM
 
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Oh, for pity sake---it was a muffin, not the Holy Grail

Do people have any idea how much food is thrown away every day by restaurants, grocery stores, etc? I read somewhere about half of perfectly good food is thrown away!

My dd works at a fast-food place, she is appalled at the waste. I've worked in food service, we threw away about as much food as we served.

I suppose I deserved to be fired. Back in my 20's, I worked in a college cafeteria while a student. After breakfast was over, the doors were closed, a lady came pounding frantically. I opened the door, she said she was diabetic and going hypo, could she have something, anything, a cup of coffee with sugar? I let her in, she got herself some coffee, and I went in the back and found a large coffee cake ready to be tossed,. I cut two generous pieces and brought to her. She looked surprised and grateful. The lady was shaking, and she was turning a ghastly shade of gray---she was AA, and she looked almost a grayish-purple.

I let her be as I closed up, then asked if she was ok, she said she was fine, and her color had returned. We both left and went about our business. Ok, that was about 30 years ago. I guess now, I would have been fired for theft----a cup of coffee that was going to be thrown out, some packs of sugar, and, of course, the coffee cake. Did it make any difference she was a student, on a board plan, so she couldn't very well steal what she had paid for.

Also, I suppose I should have called 911---except we didn't have 911 then. I don't know what we did, guess we just used common sense. If she just said she was hungry, well, that wouldn't be a medical emergency, but she said she was diabetic and going hypo. Hey, I've had the same thing happen, the best remedy is some quick sugar, which I gave her. But, as an employee of MSU, I probably could have gotten the whole university into big trouble if she went into a coma, etc. That's why I purposely stayed another 15 min, watching her. She appeared fine, her color returned, she stopped shaking, we walked out together.


Well, in today's world, the "right" thing would be NOT to let her in the cafeteria, NOT to give her anything, and call 911 or security, who would then take her to the ER, where she would sit and wait and wait, then, the first thing the do is ask her if she's had her flu shot, then, she passes out, then, they think she's on drugs, then, then, then........but everything is done "appropriately"

Would I have done it again, in this day and age? I don't know..........
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna.
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If I felt generous, I would pay the tab for that homeless man out of my billfold !
Problem is, too many people seek to pay too large a tab out of the wallets of somebody else.

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I love how black and white everyone's morals are, like the cracker barrel is some little business that can't handle three worthless items over this guy's 3 years of employment. They probably waste half their inventory every night anyway.
Thank you, Exhibit 'A'

Cracker Barrel is, admittedly, an enterprise founded and dominated by Fundamentalist social conservatives who think (as you seem to) that their beliefs are good for everybody. But that doesn't give me the right to overrule their reasoning, only to take my patronage elsewhere.

If that's too "black and white" for you, there's a possibility that some of your logic is a little too "gray" for me.

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Old 06-30-2014, 04:03 PM
 
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Kindness is still kindness....sorry.
And law is still law. Kindness doesn't supersede law, so he got what he deserved...sorry.
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