Monday, 26 March 2012

We Really Can't Complain

I was chatting to a friend about a documentary I watched recently about parts of India and how there's so much poverty there. My friend said in his country (Uganda) things are really tough for a lot of people. I told him it's the same for people in Sierra Leone (where I lived as a child). I said life in the UK is like living in heaven compared to some parts of the world.

My friend said people complain about the cost of living over here but if you know where to look you can get your food for free. All you have to do is know when the supermarkets are chucking away food that have gone passed their sell by date and you can just help yourself to them.

I once watched another documentary where someone tried to prove that the food supermarkets throw away are still nutritious. He ended up using them to prepare cooked meals for thousands of people.

Another friend once shared this story with me. He was in a supermarket and observed they were about to get rid of the sandwiches so he grabbed one but they said he couldn't have it as it was against their policy. My friend couldn't understand why not as they were getting rid of them anyway. He wouldn't let go of the sandwich. They had to call a security guard who wrestled him to the ground and grabbed the sandwich from him. I was creasing up while he was telling me the story. The irony is if my friend had waited till they chucked the sandwiches in the bins outside the supermarket, he could have helped himself to a sandwich or two.

For us living in the West, there's a lot to be grateful for.


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