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.