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SunTrust Bank Throws Away Food As Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police

2013 April 10
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

From inquisitr.com/SunTrust Bank Throws Away Food As Hopeful, Hungry People Are Forced To Watch
In a story that has yet to be picked up by major national media outlets, SunTrust bank reportedly threw away tons of edible food while hungry residents watched in horror after the foreclosure of a supermarket and subsequent failure of a food bank to pick up the perfectly edible items.

The late March incident has begun to gain traction on the web as well as outrage toward SunTrust bank for their actions on the day of the Laney Supermarket eviction. [Update: There is a petition urging SunTrust to apologize for the Laney Supermarket eviction, calling on the bank to make amends for their actions.]
Dozens of reportedly hungry families hoping to receive some of the food removed from the Laney Supermarket and destined for a landfill had to be dispersed by police and even restrained as the tons of food were taken away to be destroyed. More…

grocery-store-evicted“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police

By Sarah Carlson,globalresearch.ca – Hundreds of poor people waiting outside of a closed grocery store for the possibility of getting the remaining food is not the picture of the “American Dream.” Yet on March 23, outside the Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Ga., that is exactly what happened.

Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.

The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”

“People got children out here that are hungry, thirsty,” local resident Robertstine Lambert told Fox54 in Augusta. “Why throw it away when you could be issuing it out?”

SunTrust bank is trying to confuse the issue and not take direct responsibility for their actions. Their media relations officer Mike McCoy, stated, “We are working with store suppliers as well as law enforcement to dispose of the remaining contents of the store and secure the building.” Yet he also said that the food never belonged to SunTrust Bank.

There is no need to sugar coat what happened. Teresa Russell, chief deputy of the Marshal’s Office in Richmond County, said the owner of the building ordered that the food be taken to the landfill. Some people even followed the truck to the landfill and were still turned away. Read more…

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