"we don't waste food"

United States
June 23, 2009 10:25am CST
Said my mother-in-law to my neice on Sunday. Fine we all like to say don't take more than you are going to eat, eat left overs ect... I think my mother-in-law took her policy of not wasting food too far. Ok so my 14yo neice who's a pin thin eats like a bird to "keep her figure" since her little sisters are both heavy. Well she ate half a dill pickle and made the mistake of tossing it into the waste basket next to MIL's seat. MIL made my neice pick the pickle out of the waste basket, cut off the end she bit on and put the rest back in the jar! I'm sooooo sorry but that's beyond being "cheap"! Even worse though she sent alot of the food home w/ me and the kids & guess what was included the jar of pickles with the half eaten pickle! EWWW! Can you cay, because of that I tossed the whole jar & do you blame me?!?!?! Don't tell MIL!
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@tjburcham (690)
• United States
25 Jun 09
Sometimes I don't get how people can choose the corse of action that they do. That does seem rediculous. I had an aunt that would count pickles you weren't allowed to snack on them. She would offer you one at dinner, if you didn't take it then you were out of luck. The reasoning behind that was that everyone loved pickles so much that she had to ration them because she couldn't afford to buy pickles all the time. Made sense to her family. P.s. I would have thrown the picles away just for spite.
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• United States
26 Jun 09
She counted them?!?!? My oldest two can inhale a standard size jar in one day maybe 2 tops. I don't buy them that much because of how fast they eat them too. But I do buy them from time to time & I expect them to inhale them. MIL was partially that way too because those were her pickles she canned them w/ FIL & everything.
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@katsmeow1213 (29023)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Wow! I would have just said "Next time cut it in half before eating it" or something. I mean who wants to eat a pickle that's been in the trash? Gross!
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• United States
23 Jun 09
Trust me there was a room full of people rolling their eyes to her demands over this pickle. The neices are used to being wasteful so they don't think twice about saving a hamburger they didn't finish. But when it was already in the trash it's time to let it go or feed it to some critter ect.
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@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
23 Jun 09
That is really cheap and I agree with what the first person has said. I don't know if I would trust food from her house, she could actually be putting the food at risk with her money saving tactics, and who wants to eat a pickle that someone else already took a bit out of gross. I see her point trying to teach your niece not to waste food, but I think I would have lectured her for wasting and left at that.
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• United States
23 Jun 09
I forgot to put in my origional post she had her cut off the end she bit off and rinse the pickle. BUT STILL! EW!
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• United States
23 Jun 09
I would never blame you for tossing out the jar. I would also never eat at her house. You never know what other short cuts on health she is taking.
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• United States
23 Jun 09
SHe likes to comment lately about the last time the kids were there that they didn't touch her stawberries... they were on the verge of YUCK, it's called time to compost them NOT SERVE THEM TO COMPANY! THey do this off and on with their produce and then I try to tell the kids w/o letting them on not to eat it cause it looks way past it's prime. Trust me they even served diced up onion that she bragged was a month old! EEEW! I can't get my cut onion to last more than a few days to perhaps a week after being cut up and stored properly but a MONTH! (insert grossed out look)
@coolalee (17)
• Poland
23 Jun 09
Savin money is m'kay if you have ANY reasons to do that. If not, then go ahead and do as you please, food is rechargeable good after all. . . My uncle for whole his childhood always ate ald bread. Every two days he went to buy a brand new one, but b4 eating new one, they had to finish old one. In effect for whole life, they've been eating untasty bread. And they had money to buy enough bread to build second house out of it -_-. It's pitty, but many, many people are idiots even tho in they opinion they are reasonable. Reasonable idiots. When someone like yer MIL would come to my house i would give her too much to eat, then leftovers give to my dog, then to my cat and finally leftovers^3 i would pack as her for for long way home.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
25 Jun 09
I agree with you its taking it too far. She could have just asked her to next time cut it up and eat bits and put the cut up bits back in. Anything from the trash shouldnt be picked back out and saved for later. On that note...apparently my Grandmother (deceased) was like that to some extent. The story i remember my telling was about a rice krispie cake my grandma was making she forgot it on the stove so it was a bit burnt..threw it in the trash then changed her mind proceeded to pick it out and make it into the cake anyways...then fed it to people. She sent it home with my mom...telling her what she had done and my mom was so disgusted with her actions she tossed the cake. I agree with you and my mom..i would have tossed them both out!
• United States
26 Jun 09
And if your Grandmother had done that I sure as all h e l l wouldn't tell anyone what I had done!! Those girls lack common sense I'm afraid so cutting it up would not be something they would of thought of. They are natorious for taking 2 bites & tossing it in the trash instead of splitting it with someone or talking a smaller amount.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 Jun 09
oups - my mom told that story not me (she was the one disgusted with my grandma - my sisters and i didnt know at the time so really didnt get why she chucked the rice krispie cake out) My sister (im 15 years older than her) and little cousins are bad for taking a can of pop and leaivng half...on a random flat surface. My mom has taken to getting bottles of pop and they can have a SMALL glass and have to bring the glass back if they want more no glass no drink...this goes for juice too
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
23 Jun 09
That is disgusting! I cant believe that she made that poor girl take that pickle out of the garbage and put it back in the pickles! Did she at least make her wash it off ? Anyways, I would have thrown that whole jar of pickles away too. So instead of waisting one half of a pickle, she wasted the whole jar.
@ra1787 (501)
• Italy
23 Jun 09
I find it really hypocritical to say those kind of things, throwing away food is wrong, but it is more wrong to force someone to eat especially if food is not clean. There are really strange people out there, you have my emotional support :D The best way to avoid throwing away food is to buy just what you need and avoid wasting money, food and health, on unnecessary amounts of daily caloric intake :D
@ra1787 (501)
• Italy
23 Jun 09
I meant to comment on the main post, not on yours, and of course i don't mean that you are hypocritical but the person who recovered the food from the waste is.
• United States
25 Jun 09
Wow, I thought I was cheap. I will never take food out of the trash can to save for later. I would really need food if I hit that point. I think that there has to be a point where you think about the people instead of the stuff.
• United States
26 Jun 09
I think part of what she did was to show her grandaughters to be mindful of what they have & what they are given. Though out of the garbage no I would not of done that but I think she was also sick of her daughter let those girls waste and complain they don't have this or that when they wasted in stead of being thankful for it. The same 14yo said to MIL she was hungry when they stopped over they offered her a few things and she declined everything. I don't know what was offered if it was questionable (if you've read other posts she will serve fruit/veggies on the cusp of being compost) or not but MIL was not happy that this girl was so picky.
@buitzh (76)
• Philippines
24 Jun 09
disgusted yes. but i guess in her own perspective it is clean and can be eaten. but most of us would call it unsanitary. its a good move that you throw the whole jar. your MIL had her limits. all of you in the family should talk about the matter. so things be settled smoothly.
• United States
26 Jun 09
We all just rolled our eyes & let it go (as far as saying anything to her) as we'd hurt her feelings and she feels on things if it's not the way she want's it to be then all will have H E L L to pay! I could tell you about my first Christmas when my oldest was a baby! Hubby lied and said he had to work, because the holiday wasn't celebrated HER way & @ Her home they didn't talk to us for 3 weeks!
@dragon54u (31406)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Yep, that's taking it too far! What's the cost of a pickle, anyway, a couple cents?! I remember my son and I were eating pizza once away from home and there was one more slice, we were both full. I said I hate leaving it and as we had a lot more stops to make (in Arizona where it was 115 degrees) and it wouldn't have kept well in the car, we would have to throw it away. I started to pick it up so as not to waste it and he said "Let's not, and say we did"! That phrase has become a big comfort to me when I don't really want to waste food but don't want it on my hips, either.
• United States
23 Jun 09
I can understand with the temperatures being what they are there and not going home right away tossing it. I hear ya bout the hips too