[Hpn] These men are "scum" and they have got away with and done this for years!!

jamieandjoe@mutualaid.org jamieandjoe@mutualaid.org
Tue, 15 Jul 2003 22:40:05 -0400 (EDT)

  Ok, I know I'll take flack for it but I don't share your outrage about
this. This often happens in kitchens which recieve too many donations to
be able to use the food before it needs to be thrown out. It often is
the following chioce- pass the food on to another place that will give
it to people who need it OR THROW IT OUT as putrified garbage when it
rots in the soup kitchens pantry. Which do you prefer- food to be eaten
mostly by those who would go hungry or food to go bad and become part of
a land fill? Nothing I have seen about these two has yet to make me
think that this is anything different. I have seen no claims that they
profited from it.[ Which WOULD BE outragous and contemptable! Just as
contemptable as the poverty pimpdom of so many of these soup kitchens
and shelters and other "service" programs!]
  I am homeless currently.  When I had a home, I volenteered at a soup
kitchen. We regularly got too many of some items. It wouldn't fit in the
pantry and the poverty pimp part of the soup kitchen wouldn't give out
"extra' to its "clients". We would then informaly and "off the
books"[though with the knowlge if not EXPICIT permission of the person
who recived a fat salery from the soup kitchen- it saved on dumpster
fees.]give it to other programs that needed it or distributed it to the
hungry in the park ourselves. Because if we didn't, it would be put
{often immediately] in the dumpster. I believe we did the right thing.
And would do it again when faced with the same choice! Certainly the
homeless and poor who got some food from us seemed to think so. But if I
was in Mancheaster maybe I would be arrested. So go on - condemn me if
you will but I would advise you to save your outrage for the real bad
guys- the poverty pimps and the rich.   solidarity Bork

> July 15, 2003
> Two admit guilt in
> charity food theft
> Union Leader Staff
> MANCHESTER - Two former volunteers at New Horizons soup kitchen and food
> pantry have pleaded guilty to giving food meant for the hungry and
> homeless
> to a Manchester social club.
> William Egan, 70, of 1 Carpenter St., Hooksett, a former Manchester police
> officer, and Robert St. Onge, 68, of 59 Varney St., Manchester, pleaded
> guilty to misdemeanor theft charges Friday in Manchester District Court.
> The plea agreement required a written public apology be sent via a letter
> to
> the editor of The Union Leader for publication on the Letters page. The
> two
> men were also fined $1,000 each, plus $100 penalty assessment, with $500
> suspended pending good behavior for two years.
> The two were arrested in May after they dropped off $152 worth of the
> groceries at the Raphael's Young Men's Club on Granite Street. The food
> had
> been picked up earlier that morning at the Hannaford supermarket in
> Goffstown, which keeps a bin where patrons can donate foodstuffs for the
> homeless shelter/food pantry.
> Shortly after the arrests, Raphael Club board member Roger Ballard said
> the
> food was placed on an extra bar or table and left out for any of the 600
> members to take home. "This was wide open. We never suspected any
> foodstuffs
> brought in or brought in without permission," Ballard said.
> Also arrested in the incident was James Athas, 63, of 3A Palomino Court,
> Goffstown, a bartender at the club, who was charged with receiving stolen
> property. His attorney, David Horan, said Athas' trial is scheduled for
> Aug.
> 6.
> In his letter to the editor, St. Onge apologized for his actions in giving
> away the food that was donated to New Horizons.
> In part, St. Onge's letter reads: "I had erroneously believed that since I
> had been a volunteer for New Horizons of N.H. for several years, that
> since
> most if not all the food was approaching an expiration date for
> consumption,
> since at least some of it would end up with needy seniors and/or
> children's
> charities and particularly where I received nothing whatsoever in return,
> I
> had some leeway to make such distributions. In fact I had no actual
> authority to do so."
> New Horizons executive director Michael Tessier said yesterday he had not
> received a copy of the letter and said, "New Horizons at least deserves
> that." In May Tessier said an anonymous caller phoned him in April to tell
> him the lone New Horizons van was "seen giving food out" in the parking
> lot
> behind the club and "said it had been going on for awhile."
> Raphael board member Mark Burkush yesterday said the board would be
> meeting
> tonight to discuss a donation to New Horizons. He said the club had been
> waiting to see how much was raised with the annual June golf tournament.
> The Granite Street club, which counts alderman, journalists, a retired
> police chief and a former judge or two as members, donates thousands of
> dollars to local charities each year, including money for a foster parent
> group to hold a Christmas party.
>  The Union Leader Copyright  2003
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