Maheen found a blog post from a husband upset that his wife who worked as a school lunch assitants in Nevada was arrested for giving left over food to seniors. I was only able to find one news story about it (video above and article)
Here is the post one of the women's husband wrote:
"I'm not a happy camper right now. My wife's assistant in the school lunch room, where they've both worked for over 7 years, was arrested yesterday for felony embezzlement. You know why? Because she took leftover unopened food the kids didn't eat and instead of throwing it in the dumpster as they've been directed, she had the audacity to pack it in ice and take it to a local senior center for seniors, living only on social security, to eat. They set her bail at $10k! This is a 60 something loving and caring women!
"What is the Washoe County School District trying to prove here?
"What makes this even worse, is that the federal government just passed a bill in November of 2011 absolving school districts across the United States from any liability involving the donation of uneaten / unopened food. Apparently, Washoe County School District has chosen to ignore this new law. Coincidentally, this article recently ran in our local paper:
"So now we wait to see if my wife is going to be arrested as well. This whole situation disgusts me. My wife and her assistant are two of the most caring, giving, loving women I know. They don't get paid enough to be subjected to this kind of treatment...Felony Embezzlement? Doesn't it seem obvious that when you know there are people in need, you would do what you could to help them? We're talking seniors that don't have enough money to feed themselves! What has this world come to?
"Oh, great...just got the call. I have to take Darla down to the jail to get booked. This is absolute BS!!!
Please share this. I want people to be aware of this injustice!!!"
Here is the news article via 4 News:
RENO, NV (KRNV & mynews4.com) –Two women who work for nutrition services with the Washoe County School District have been arrested, accused of embezzlement. According to the police report, Darla Cates, 49, and Robin Boyer, 59, were taking food from the school cafeteria since December 2011. The chief of police for the Washoe County School District, Mike Mieras, says during the interview process, both suspects admitted they were using the items for personal use.
“They clearly knew what they were doing was wrongdoing and not only were they giving it to family and friends, but they also through self-admission, were using it for personal use as well,” says Mieras.
But according to the family of Darla Cates, the women were giving the food to underprivileged seniors. The family tells News 4 the women do not want to speak on camera due to legal reasons. I told them that the police report claims both Darla and Robin confessed to using the food for personal use. But the family adamantly denies that fact.
The family points to a provision to the Good Samaritan Act which was signed into law in November 2011. It protects school districts from being held liable if food is donated to food banks in good faith. But the head of nutrition services tells me, the Good Samaritan Act does not apply in this case because the majority of the food taken was not expired, so the food could have been given to students in the school district.