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Latest posts Caplock50 February 2nd, 2011 09:13 AM Long, long ago...back in the 70s, I believe...I said that when I saw people stealing food instead of 'luxury items' that I would know, without a doubt, that things were really bad and it'd be time to start carrying concealed, legally or not. I been carrying now for a while, once legally, now illegally, but still carrying. How bad is it? A while back, I read a thread at TB2K where some Folks had been robbed of their groceries in the parking lots of the stores...and it was only the groceries that were taken...no money or credit cards...just the groceries. That's bad, Folks, really bad. Am I surprised that good people are turning to crime to feed their families? Nope. I'll probably do the same if/when I am forced to. Is it right? Nope, but a child crying from hunger doesn't care whether the food was gotten legally or illegally, just as long as it can eat. Who's fault is it that people will have to take such drastic steps? Mostly...the parent's fault because they failed to properly prepare for these times. But the government is the most guilty party for their actions in destroying the economy like they have, and forcing these times on us.
Now, with all that said...what were these guys going to do with $3,000 worth of meat? I believe they were going to try and sell it and not really feed it to their families. So...they will deserve what they get from the law and the courts. but then, food isn't all there is to consider. In such weather as we are 'enjoying' right now, shelter and heat are just as important. So it needs to be considered as to whether or not they planned to use the money they got for the meat to pay rent and heating bills.
I guess what I'm taking the long way to say is that, before condemning them totally, we need to look at their motives for the crime.
God be with us and help us all. densitydude February 2nd, 2011 07:18 AM Tree, you know one of our own here at the cellar works for loss prevention for a national grocery chain based outa Fl. He tells me all the time about people coming in and taking just the staples of a meal. Used to people would take luxury items, now it is mostly food. Tree February 1st, 2011 11:37 AM Five Memphis men were charged with stealing at least $3,000 in meat from the Mid-South Food Bank at 1269 Heistan in Midtown.
Police say 40-year-old Mark Bell, who worked at the food bank since September of 2009, and four others carted away a frozen assortment of beef and ham at about 9 p.m. on Monday.
Marcia Wells, vice president of communications and development at the food bank, said she was shocked, describing Bell as a "trusted employee."
"We were floored, to say the least," she said Tuesday morning.
Memphis police spokeswoman Alyssa Macon-Moore said the meat was recovered the night of the theft and returned to the Mid-South Food Bank's main office downtown.
But by that time, Wells said, it had thawed and was deemed unusable.
"Meat is always something that partner agencies, like food pantries and soup kitchens, are in constant need of," she said. "It throws off our distribution -- what we are able to get out to feed hungry people."
Bell, Ravell Brown, Rodrick Holmes, Irby Kimble and Deadrick Walker were each charged with felony theft over $1,000. Their bonds have not been set.