Dumpster divers face off with cops over discarded food at Portland grocery store

Dumpster divers face off with cops over discarded food at Portland grocery store


Angry dumpster divers prevailed in a tense standoff with cops this week outside a Portland supermarket — where the garbage bins were piled high with discarded food amid widespread power outages.

Dozens of activists and hungry scavengers had faced down employees and cops on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Fred Meyer store, hoping to grab some of the mountain of defrosting packaged meat, cheese, yogurt and juices for theirselves and for emergency weather shelters, The Oregonian reported.

By Wednesday night, the cops retreated, the paper reported, and the dumpster divers began carrying off items — including whole turkeys and racks of ribs.

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The food was still in good condition due to the cold weather, activist Juniper Simonis told the paper, noting that one diver picked up a carton of juice with an expiration date in March.

“The people who were there weren’t there for selfish reasons — they were there to get food to distribute to hungry people around

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