Joey3155 t1_j4c8l4l wrote

But again from the standpoint of the restaurant it is irrelevant. They have a recommended inventory level they have to maintain and a certain amount of food waste that occurs even if sales are zero. The issue is not the customer but the restaurant itself and to a certain degree the laws and policy they have to abide by. Plus if a customer pays for food in full the restaurant made their COGS plus their markup the economic impact as per the original context of the conversation is still zero. If you want to combat food waste and the socio-economic ramifications you need to focus on restaurants and their suppliers.


Joey3155 t1_j4ao74v wrote

Except it doesn't work that way. If I sell something to a customer and give it to them I have to order more food regardless. It doesn't matter if the customer eats it or has a 50 hooker gangbang with cheeseburger pasties. From the business's point of view we sold product, we have to order more inventory, wait for it to come, restock said inventory. Whether the paying customer wastes the food or not after paying is irrelevant.

Your argument would make sense if the waste occurred before the customer paid for it. But after the transaction is complete it really is irrelevant.


Joey3155 t1_j4anhk4 wrote

There's two reasons why corporations waste food.

When I was younger I used to work at 7-11 one night I was working with my general manager (owner's brother) and I had throw away the entire shelf of those little 7-11 breakfast sandwiches it was a good 40-50 of them. I asked my manager why we don't donate this stuff to people in need. He responded because corporate (not the franchise owner) wouldn't allow it because they don't want to run afoul of New York state law which actually has rules about how long establishments can keep certain kinds of food for the sandwiches the limit is 24 hrs from the time of delivery.

I worked at White Castle after that and I worked night shift so I had to go into the refridgerator and freezer and prep them for delivery, help the delivery guy unload the truck, etc. One of the things I did was throw away all of the food waste and then report what I threw away. I got stuck doing this unironically because I was honest and didn't steal. One day threw a good several large shovel full of hamburgers that couldn't have been more then 20 mins old but because of corporate policy we had to get rid of them I threw a good 1200 dollars of food away that night and then reported the items so they could become a tax write off.

People have idea how much food is thrown out by the food service industry and I'm scare to ask about the agriculture industry I'm gonna assume it's even more.