Another tomato slaughter !

@topffer (35528)
France
August 30, 2017 2:17pm CST
740 policemen were mobilized today to permit to an uncontrolled crowd of 22000 people to throw barbarically 160 tons of ripe tomatoes to each other, an interesting pastime happening every year in Buñol(Spain) since 1945 where they call that a «tomatina». It is free for the inhabitants but people from other places have to pay 10 Euros to throw tomatoes. When I see the tomatoes on the walls, I understand why the locals have not to pay. I am not against traditions, but I am pleased that students are only throwing flour and eggs in my place. Would you pay 10 Euros to participate to such an event ?
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@mandala100 (48241)
• Hong Kong
30 Aug 17
@toffer Nope my friend and 10 Euros will be too expensive for me. That 160 tons of tomatoes can be turened into tomato sause or tomato ketchup my friend!
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
@thehousewife A new sauce is born.
@nanette64 (17836)
• Fairfield, Texas
31 Aug 17
Exactly @mandala100 .
@mandala100 (48241)
• Hong Kong
1 Sep 17
@nanette64 That's right my friend and what a total waste.
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@rebelann (42384)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Aug 17
I will never understand how anyone can waste so much food when there are millions of people starving
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
It is the end of the season, I guess they are too ripe to be sold.
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@rebelann (42384)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Aug 17
They could have donated to those less fortunate @topffer
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@nanette64 (17836)
• Fairfield, Texas
31 Aug 17
@topffer Has anybody over there heard the term "tomato sauce"?
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• Pamplona, Spain
30 Aug 17
They say they only use tomatoes that are way past their ripe time and not fit to eat. Well I am saying that is what they say not me. However its great fun and they are not harming anyone. Its all nice if you have somewhere to go and get cleaned up after and washed and to throw the clothes away as they will be impossible to clean.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
It might be fun, but I would not like to live in this city, or I would leave the day before until the streets are cleaned. I think I would have liked that when I was a student, but it is not for my age anymore. They do not sell a special "tomatina detergent" for the clothes?
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• Pamplona, Spain
30 Aug 17
@topffer No they don´t that and they don´t sell a special detergent for San Fermin Clothes either which get incredibly filthy impossible to get clean. I am so happy to be free of that dreaded chore of those white clothes, trousers and tee shirts. The red handkerchiefs were not so bad really. I can imagine that you would leave but its all a lot of fun really and least its not cruel either if you see what I mean.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 It is cruel for tomatoes, but they often have a bad end. I have banned the white from my clothes a few years ago, I had not enough white clothes for a full washing machine, and I needed a different detergent (a powder detergent instead of a liquid one) for the white. No more white, no more hassle.
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@amadeo (70335)
• United States
30 Aug 17
No I would not and this is very stupid. Why should I watch this.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
It is not for my age anymore and I would not go there, but it is not that stupid as the city earns a lot of money with it.
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@amadeo (70335)
• United States
30 Aug 17
@topffer how do they earn the money there.What is the money for?
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
@amadeo Tickets sold+distribution rights for tv/media (about 300 000 Euros/tv). They have also deposited the brand "Tomatina". The money goes to the coffers of the city, I do not know how they use it.
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@Lucky15 (33720)
• Philippines
30 Aug 17
Ahm, no for me, haha. maybe some event, like throwing water :D
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
Ready for that ! I learned at school how to make water bombs with a sheet of paper.
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@Lucky15 (33720)
• Philippines
30 Aug 17
@topffer sheet of paper? water bombs? We have feast here in the Philippines that we can freely throw buckets of water, or spray water, to anyone
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
@Lucky15 I would not dare to do this here.
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@Corbin5 (112941)
• United States
30 Aug 17
I think I would pay 10 Euros to participate in cake throwing, not tomatoes. I love eating cake, which is nice and soft, but not that big a fan of tomatoes due to a tomato that is not yet ripe could cause some pain.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
Policemen were there to prevent against green tomatoes attackers. I would also not be completely reassured, cream pies are more secure
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@LadyDuck (170494)
• Switzerland
31 Aug 17
I am against wasting food, so even flour and eggs is not something I appreciate and eggs can become very smelly in little time. May be the tomatoes are too bad to be sold and this is a way to make money from rotten tomatoes.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
Yes, the tomatoes cannot be used for anything else. Students are throwing flour and eggs in the streets in France since more than a century. It is only 1 day/year for the "father 100" (100 days before the end of school)... It is a tradition now. This year our new mayor tried to forbid it, and it became even more wild : they were hidden here and there and played with the police all the day. I prefer to have it authorized, at least I know where they are.
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@LadyDuck (170494)
• Switzerland
31 Aug 17
@topffer I remember the "father 100" day, we avoided to go to Nice.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
@LadyDuck I can understand that. Receiving eggs on a car is not that funny.
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@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Aug 17
This is an interesting event but I don't know that you need to play 10 Euros for it. The money is not the main problem, somewhat I think it wastes a lot of tomatoes and I don't feel well to it. In Thailand and a part of my country, there is an event to pour water to each other. It is also nice.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
These tomatoes were too ripe to be sold for anything else. A responder wrote that this pouring water event was also existing in the Philippines. You should not waste water (just teasing you).
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@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Aug 17
@topffer You are right. In fact wasting the water is wrong, too. But I really can't think out something better. Perhaps one day there shall be a snow ball fight instead of throwing tomatoes?
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
@youless In this part of Spain they would need to import snow. When I was a kid I remember that there were some people that were not appreciating snow balls too.
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@Tracy04 (10821)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 17
Oh! But tomato seems okay. I want if have a chance
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@topffer (35528)
• France
6 Sep 17
Lol, you have a good chance to be covered by tomatoes.
@Tracy04 (10821)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 17
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@SIMPLYD (81398)
• Philippines
2 Sep 17
No. Not because of the money I have to spend just to be abe to join, but I don't like to be thrown at with tomatoes! it!s messy . I don't even like the feel of a crushed tomato on my hands. Yay!
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@topffer (35528)
• France
2 Sep 17
They really have not a good look. Definitely not for you !
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@SIMPLYD (81398)
• Philippines
4 Sep 17
@topffer Just looking at the picture, I know that it's not for me.
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@JudyEv (130090)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 17
I might have once but I think I'm getting too old and too cynical to enjoy something like this any more.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
I am also getting too old, but I think that I could have cynically thrown a few tomatoes in the past.
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@JudyEv (130090)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 17
@topffer I'm not sure I'm really into 'mess' in this sense. I was never involved in anything strongly enough to get worked enough to throw things. And doing it for fun seems a bit pointless - I mean, who cleans all those clothes? Their Mums?
• United States
31 Aug 17
Not likely as that is a real waste of an excellent fruit/vegetable !
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
Well, no, they were too ripe to be sold to eat.
• United States
1 Sep 17
@topffer a good , really good sauce is made from such tomatoes . . .
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@WriterAI (5234)
• Bulgaria
31 Aug 17
Yes, I'd like to pay 10 Euros to participate to such an event. Also you could read my post "Food Fight in Spain". I share one and the same topic with you.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
I am too old for that now. You started a discussion on the same subject ? I will have a look, thank you.
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@WriterAI (5234)
• Bulgaria
31 Aug 17
@topffer Thank you for your answer. You are welcome to my Tomatoes Fiesta discussion. It is based on some media matters.
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@nanette64 (17836)
• Fairfield, Texas
31 Aug 17
I think it's absolutely stupid @topffer . What a waste of food.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
The tomatoes were too ripe to be sold for anything else. If you do not know, about 25% of tomatoes cannot be sold, because they are too small, too big, too ugly, etc. It might seem stupid, but the city earns a lot of money with this feast...
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
@thehousewife To tell the truth there is a lot of waste in developped countries, but nobody is hungry in a country like Spain. In France many supermarkets cannot even find a charity to give unsold food before the expiry date (it is forbidden to give expired food to humans)...
@RubyHawk (28236)
• Atlanta, Georgia
31 Aug 17
That looks horrible and the waste. Those tomatoes would have fed many hungry people.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
They do not show their best nature and profile. The tomatoes were too ripe to be sold. About 25% of all the tomatoes produced in the world are never sold : too big or too small, not looking good, etc.
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@RubyHawk (28236)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 Sep 17
@topffer What a shame, they certainly charge enough for tomatoes in the grocery store.
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@averygirl72 (16620)
• Philippines
31 Aug 17
Interesting tradition or past time. It seems fun but it's wasting a lot of tomatoes
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
I would avoid to go there the day of this slaughter! The tomatoes used for this event were too ripe to be sold.
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@averygirl72 (16620)
• Philippines
31 Aug 17
@topffer Oh I see. It seems people have great fun as I look in the picture
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@Susan2015 (21306)
• United States
31 Aug 17
I don't like tomatoes and that would be too messy for me.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
Two good reasons to not visit this place on August 30th I would have found that fun when I was young, but not today.
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@Susan2015 (21306)
• United States
31 Aug 17
@topffer Yes maybe when I was a lot younger.
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@BarBaraPrz (20520)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Aug 17
Not a dime! What a waste of food.
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@BarBaraPrz (20520)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Aug 17
@topffer Soup.
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@YrNemo (14234)
30 Aug 17
sounds such a waste of money! By the way, who is going to clean up all that mess every year I wonder? Oh well, if it means making some people happy (less chance for them to go to psychologists?), then why not heh? (Now I wonder, if Spain has less problem with mental issue than other countries? )
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@topffer (35528)
• France
30 Aug 17
The first thing that came to my mind is "who will clean this ?" Here it is the city who cleans the flour and the eggs in the streets. I believe it is the same. Poor employees! I think I would have found that fun when I was a student ; today I would never go there. I am aging..
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@YrNemo (14234)
31 Aug 17
@topffer A good excuse as any to avoid being thrown at - be it the best cakes or the most perfect tomatoes... (I am good at ducking! )
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@JohnRoberts (60972)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Aug 17
I would not pay for this. People are hungry in the world and all those tomatoes wasted for fun and games.
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@topffer (35528)
• France
31 Aug 17
They are too ripe to be sold for anything else than that. An average of 12% of vegetables and fruits cannot be sold for various reasons, but it can be more for some delicate fruits : it is 25% for tomatoes and 36% for cherries. The producers have been paid for these rotten tomatoes.
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@snowy22315 (50979)
• United States
31 Aug 17
@topffer Tomatoes are a bit fragile too, and would likely suffer during shipping.
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