Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Officers respond to Augusta grocery store eviction (Food gets trashed - Not given away)
Online Athens ^ | 03/27/2013 | By Steve Crawford and Meg Mirshak

Posted on 03/27/2013 9:32:22 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Richmond County sheriff’s officers were called Tuesday to fend off crowds outside an Augusta grocery store hoping to make off with merchandise that had been set out during an eviction.

Officials estimated 200-300 people filled the parking lot at Laney Supermarket after word spread that the Richmond County Marshal’s Office was enforcing an eviction at the business.

Officials said onlookers became angry when they learned they would not be allowed to take away food and other sundries that were piled outside the grocery as “abandoned property.”

The crowd dissipated after a swarm of deputies arrived, along with Sheriff Richard Roundtree, to assist the three marshals who had been initailly assigned to the eviction.

“There is the potential to have people fighting and causing problems,” said Lt. Calvin Chew. “That’s not something we want.”

There were no arrests in the resulting confusion, but groups of people remained to watch the proceedings, many clutching empty bags and grumbling about the situation. Tiffany Serles said she heard about the eviction from her aunt who lives nearby.

“She said they evicting Gurley’s,” Serles said, referring to the former name of the neighborhood market. “So, I came down here to get some of the stuff.” Serles was watching with several friends while workers scooped up the food and other merchandise in trash cans which were in turn, dumped into two waiting garbage bins that officials said were destined for the Richmond County Landfill.

“It’s a shame that they are just throwing all this stuff away and not even donating it to a shelter or anything,” she said.

Her friend, Victoria Williams, said she heard about the eviction on Facebook, as did many others. Word spread fast and soon the parking lot was packed with people and cars waiting for a chance to take away the spoils. “There are people with babies who need diapers out here,” she said.

Teresa Russell, chief deputy with the Marshal’s Office, said the landlord, SunTrust Bank, was paying to have the displaced merchandise hauled away.

She said the tenant, Il Ki Choi, of Sun and Food LLC, could have avoided the commotion if he had moved out when notified by the court.

“They’ve known about this since Feb. 13,” Russell said. “They could have moved out anytime before today.” SunTrust notified the tenant on Jan. 1 that he had 30 days to vacate the property because the lease would not be renewed, according to court records.

A court ordered eviction notice was served Feb. 13. Russell said the tenant failed to file an answer, so a judge signed the final order Feb. 27. SunTrust delayed scheduling the eviction until Tuesday.

According to Russell, a final notice was posted on the grocery’s door on Friday. The tenant removed some goods from the store Tuesday morning before leaving, she said. When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Choi said he was busy and could not answer questions.

Johanne Vargas, an agent for property manager FirstService Residential Realty based in Sandy Springs, Ga., said she was unable to discuss the matter when asked why the groceries were not donated.

Joseph Young, who helps run a youth mentoring program in the same shopping center as the supermarket, watched marshal’s stand guard as food was tossed into the trash. “We could have gotten some of this stuff and done something special for the kids this weekend,” Young said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS:
Employees and hired men clear up piles of food discarded by Laney Supermarket after the store was evicted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (Emily Rose Bennett/Morris News Service)

U.S. Marshals keep crowds back as men clear up piles of food discarded by Laney Supermarket after the store was evicted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (Emily Rose Bennett/Morris News Service)  Morris News Service

 

1 posted on 03/27/2013 9:32:22 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Feral animals . . . disgusting!


2 posted on 03/27/2013 9:36:22 AM PDT by laweeks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Obammie’s FSA on the march.


3 posted on 03/27/2013 9:36:30 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

I can’t believe someone didn’t just buy the entire inventory at $.20/1.00 and both parties are better off.

What a waste, but I can understand the cops point of view. I could see a situation like this turning ugly in a heartbeat when greed sets in.


4 posted on 03/27/2013 9:38:06 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laweeks

??? why


5 posted on 03/27/2013 9:38:50 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

It is Illegal for Restaurants to give away Free Food, I bet it is also Illegal for Stores to do the same.


6 posted on 03/27/2013 9:43:19 AM PDT by eyeamok
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: eyeamok

I believe that only counts with prepared food. Last week I walked into my local Kroger’s and there was a huge display of single serving bags of Doritos in their atrium, free to anyone with no limit apparently.

I saw kids running out with armfuls and they just kept stocking the shelves.


7 posted on 03/27/2013 9:50:09 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Abathar

You maybe correct, but If I owned this business I would NOT take the Chance under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.


8 posted on 03/27/2013 9:55:52 AM PDT by eyeamok
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

It is too bad the food could not have been donated to a local shelter or food bank. Someone wasn’t thinking and/or didn’t care. The bank could have earned kudos in the community by arranging pickup of the food for delivery to the shelter. With landfill dumping fees and dumpster rental, delivery of the food might have been cheaper.


9 posted on 03/27/2013 10:00:16 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
Government handouts -- they keep the poor dependent on politicians, and keep them voting the right way.

If a restaurant, a store, or some kind of business tries to do something to help the poor, they are likely to find out that there is some law somewhere that is being violated. The cops will show up, trash the food, admonish the citizens trying to help the poor, and then remind the crowd that real help can only be found from the government masters.

10 posted on 03/27/2013 10:08:30 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
onlookers became angry when they learned they would not be allowed to take away food and other sundries that were piled outside the grocery as “abandoned property.”

And if someone get sick or worse, the food producers would get sued if it was allowed to happen!!

11 posted on 03/27/2013 10:27:18 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

“.....with Sheriff Richard Roundtree”

They called in “Shaft” to maintain order? He definitely kept the young chicks busy...


12 posted on 03/27/2013 10:33:14 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laweeks
Feral animals . . . disgusting!

Why would you say such? There was nothing wrong with what they were doing. Much better than trashing it all. As late as the 1990's our grocery would set out old produce and past "sell by" dated items in the back of the store for people to come take for free. Everyone in town would pick up stuff. Of course, the store had to quit due to laws even though they'd place things on pallets and tables so it wasn't dirty. For a while after that, they'd send their old bread to the senior center and the center would put grocery baskets full out on the curb for anyone to take. Now, they can't even do that. Everything has to be trashed. You can't even ask for old produce for your livestock these days. It's a total waste.

13 posted on 03/27/2013 10:53:11 AM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: laweeks

i swear you could open an AYCE buffett that serves nothing but dogshit and if charging nothing, the lines would be around the block several times


14 posted on 03/27/2013 11:16:48 AM PDT by vikzilla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Abathar

Oddly enough, I don’t think the taxman would permit them to give away more than a small part of their inventory. This is because they see it as potentially taxable, unless it is destroyed and written off as a loss.

Probably the baseline legal case for this was of the owner of an apartment block, who wanted to retire and give the apartment block to his tenants. The IRS intervened and told him that if he did that, they would still tax him on the money he might have made had he sold the block on the open market.

The most egregious example of this is for successful artists. The famous artist Ted DeGrazia discovered that the IRS intended to list every bit of art he had created or anything he had signed, including drafts, sketches, his signature on bank checks, contracts, whatever, as highly valued art worth a million or more dollars, then slap his children with a huge inheritance tax bill when he died.

Using a backhoe, he dug a hole in his yard, put hundreds of artworks and sketches in it, and set it on fire as IRS agents watched. Then they advised him that it didn’t matter if those things had been destroyed, he still owed the tax on them.

In frustration, he set up a non-profit foundation, gave everything to it, then died to spite the IRS.


15 posted on 03/27/2013 11:21:45 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Maybe they went out of business because they tried to run a business in a black community... and the ‘shrinkage’ rate was so high they had to close. (people were stealing from them) They figured they would rather throw the food away...

There’s rational reasons business shy away from black communities. It’s because gang banger and crooks run the communities and the honest black citizens hide in their homes... wondering why they don’t have places close by to shop at...


16 posted on 03/27/2013 2:20:51 PM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeminoleCounty

They say he’s a bad......


17 posted on 03/27/2013 2:25:17 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Lurker

Shut your mouth!


18 posted on 03/27/2013 2:39:14 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: PLMerite

Was Laney Supermarket on or near the Martin Looter Blvd?


19 posted on 03/27/2013 4:05:46 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: vikzilla

“i swear you could open an AYCE buffett that serves nothing but dogshit and if charging nothing, the lines would be around the block several times”

I think I went to that place once, only it wasn’t free.


20 posted on 03/27/2013 4:26:49 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: ExCTCitizen
"And if someone get sick or worse,"

I've seen this exact situation before, and its because THEY FIGHT OVER IT that it has to be trashed.
If they gave it away, a lawyer would find a way to make them liable for fight injuries.
Once they put it all in a dumpster, they can walk away from liability.
21 posted on 03/27/2013 7:48:33 PM PDT by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: 45semi

I worked in a supermarket during the Oct 11 snow storm in the northeast. Normally in power outages, we could get plenty of dry ice for frozen foods, reefer trailers for the open refrigerated case or large diesel generators to run the refrigeration racks in a extended outage. The natural gas gensets in the store only carried lights, POS, pones, and a few outlets.

With most of CT, MA and RI out we couldn’t get enough dry ice or trailers and the nearest generators (500kW range) ended up coming from the Carolinas about 48-72 hrs after the power went out. We almost had customers fight over melted ice cream that had been sitting in glass door cases with no refrigeration for 72 hrs.


22 posted on 03/27/2013 9:39:32 PM PDT by matt04
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson