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S’pore freegan eats stranger’s leftovers at coffee shop, ‘ended up not spending anything & satisfied’

He really seems quite passionate about this.

Matthias Ang | July 14, 03:11 pm

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How far are you willing to go to live by the saying “waste not, want not”?

This was the question underlying a post by one Luo Yonghui in the Facebook group SG Food Rescue, in which he shared that he ate the leftovers from a stranger’s plate at a coffee shop:

Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook

Luo, who calls himself a freegan, is someone who rejects consumerism and seeks to help the environment by reducing waste, especially by retrieving and using discarded food and other goods.

He said he had also used a new set of chopsticks and spoon to pick at the leftovers to fill his tummy.

“You’re joking, right?”

And as you might expect, most people were stunned to say the least.

Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook
Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook
Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook

Some also pointed out that Luo’s actions were a health hazard as the previous person might have been sick.

Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook
Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook

Outdoing the group’s freegan co-founder

And still others pointed out that he might have outdone the group’s freegan co-founder, Daniel Tay, who was also said to have done the same:

 

Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook
Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook

Tay: eating leftovers may be beyond the comfort zone of some

Tay himself has acknowledged however, that not everyone in the SG Food Rescue group is a freegan and that eating leftovers may be beyond the comfort zone of some.

This topic came up previously in February, where a user named Luc Tai posted a photo of some food he found left behind by a couple after their meal near where he was seated:

Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook

It looks like Luo was already interested in this endeavour at that point, having commented the following:

Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook

And also received an equivalent amount of shock and disbelief in response, with people thinking he was being rude for joking about Tai’s question.

Tay himself acknowledged that he would have eaten the food left behind, a position that appears to have been heartily embraced by Luo.

Source: Screenshot from SG Food Rescue Facebook

So interested Luo seems to be in this endeavour that on the same day, he conducted a poll in the group to see how many would do the same:

Screenshot via SG Food Rescue post

As it turns out, three of them.

Amazing.

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Top image via post on SG Food Rescue Facebook group

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