The two tops are "f****t" (slur for gay) and "sand n****r" (I have a very Eastern European last name, that for some reason they confused with Middle Eastern?)
I'm an architect who at one time worked heavily with car dealers. Anybody here ever worked closely with a car dealer? Some of the worst people on the planet. They single-handedly destroyed my faith in humanity when I was a young, naive optimist.
(To be fair, for every douchebag in the dealer network, there's at least one who is a stand up guy.)
When David Alvarez worked at a Walmart in Tampa, Florida, he regularly chucked unsold tomatoes, potatoes and bananas into compost bins behind the store. Meanwhile, the food on his own table was much less fulfilling — sandwiches, ramen noodles, milk. It was all he could afford, he said.
Alvarez felt like he was “starving to death,” he told The Huffington Post. “I’d been on food stamps the whole time I’d been out there at Walmart, because you just cannot make it on what they pay.”
For most of his time as a “produce associate,” Alvarez, 56, made $9.15 an hour — about a buck more than the Florida minimum wage, but not enough to eat well, he noted. Alvarez was fired in March, he said, for speaking at a rally in support of a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Kevin Gardner, a Walmart spokesperson, told HuffPost that Alvarez was laid off for violating company policies, though he declined to specify which ones.
But Alvarez’s time working for Walmart revealed a disappointing truth: Stores regularly toss food that is better than what many of their employees can afford. And while Walmart donates a lot of unsold food to charity, company policy bars employees from taking unsold food home, Gardner said.
Alvarez’s story is startlingly common. One in seven American households don’t have steady access to healthy meals, yet roughly 40 percent of all the food in the U.S. goes uneaten. Some of this food is composted or turned into animal feed, but most of it winds up in landfills, according to an analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The causes of food waste are varied, ranging from inefficient supply chains to confusing food labels to widespread contempt for foods that aren’t aesthetically perfect. But experts say the problem is clear: The food system as it exists today is deeply flawed.
Lots of people and businesses are coming up with clever ways to conserve, reuse and redistribute uneaten food, and Walmart actually is considered a success story on this front. In its most recent fiscal year, the company donated 611 million pounds of food to food pantries. Since 2009, it has turned more than 25,000 tractor-trailers worth of food into compost, animal feed and biofuel, according to Gardner. Its Tampa stores did not send any food to landfills in 2015.
However, the company still refuses to stock imperfect fruits and vegetables on its shelves, a policy experts say causes a tremendous amount of food to go to waste and should be changed.
Take action now: Sign this petition urging Walmart to sell “ugly” fruit and vegetables to reduce food waste.
Furthermore, Alvarez’s experience highlights what anti-waste advocates say is an urgent need for better, longer-lasting solutions to the twin problems of hunger and food waste — problems that inspired HuffPost to launch an editorial campaign targeting waste.