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to have put a packet of penguins in the foodbank trolly?

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bubblesinthesky Tue 09-Apr-13 09:41:11

Our local asda has a foodbank trolly and I usually try to put something in when I shop there. Normally its tins or pasta but yesterday for a change I picked up a box of shreddies. I also saw penguins were on special offer so thought I'd get a packet of those too as I thought someone with children may appreciate them for a change.

As I put them in the trolly a woman walked up with a tin of kidney beans and another of mixed beans and said "haven't you read the sign they want nutritious food only, no point giving them unhealthy food". I muttered something about people needing a treat occasionally and went on my way.

Its still irritating me this morning so thought I'd put it to the AIBU jury

squeakytoy Tue 09-Apr-13 09:42:50

yanbu, and she sounds a sanctimonious arse..

AmberSocks Tue 09-Apr-13 09:43:05


that woman was very rude.

when you are poor(really poor)enough food is whats important,not the nutritional content.

AmberSocks Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:16

ellyn satters food pyramid-google it-if you dont agree with me.

HeySoulSister Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:37

She was rude but I would question why 'penguins' are to be considered nutritious

Can see the food banks point

It's just fat and sugar in them.

maudpringle Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:44

She sounds a right miserable old bag. yadnbu.

slipshodsibyl Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:45

Penguins. Yummy.

glossyflower Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:48

No you ANBU!!
If I was a recipient of the food bank I'd get pretty depressed at having to eat staples all the time, although I realise sometimes you have to.
Putting in a pack of penguins in my opinion was thoughtful.
It's not as if one family are only going to receive those choc bars to live on for a week!

DeepRedBetty Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:59

Two things aren't there? One is the Nutritious Food Only sign. Was it clearly visible? And FWIW I agree, there's more to life than healthy food alone. Children NEED sweeties... well mine do anyway grin.

And Lady Bountiful was being a bit Deserving Poor with her beans.

HeySoulSister Tue 09-Apr-13 09:45:31

Sugar makes you crave more tho?? So you are actually making people hungrier.....

AnyFucker Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:12

Poor people don't deserve the odd chocolate biscuit, did you not know that?

What an interfering busy body

HeySoulSister Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:13

Who says the penguins will be given to children? There's no guarantees

nenevomito Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:29

Love Penguins. I'm pretty sure that the people who get food from the food bank would like the odd packet of choccy biccies.

xigris Tue 09-Apr-13 09:47:02

Oh for goodness sake! What a sanctimonious tit! We regularly do food drives at Church for our local foodbank; over Easter we were asked to bring in Easter Eggs etc. I think that a nice treat, as well as nutritious food, is really important. Did she have a cats bum mouth when she said it?

StealthPolarBear Tue 09-Apr-13 09:48:05

Ywbu! Poor penguins, were there air holes in the box? And did they have food and water?
(It's a myth that polar bears and penguins hate each other)

RatPants Tue 09-Apr-13 09:48:15

Penguins are much nicer than kidney beans.

Oodsigma Tue 09-Apr-13 09:48:48

Our food banks try and give people a treat too although its more important that they get enough to keep themselves healthy the leader ex

Katisha Tue 09-Apr-13 09:49:51

I can't imagine anyone will be pleased to get the kidney beans.

shallweshop Tue 09-Apr-13 09:50:01

YANBU. I think that was a lovely thing for you to do and I am sure the recipients will appreciate them.

MordecaiAndRigby Tue 09-Apr-13 09:50:07

Oh yes the poor can't have treats! shock

What was it Marie Antoinette supposedly said?

Let the fuckers eat cake?

wink grin

DreamingOfTheMaldives Tue 09-Apr-13 09:51:47

When I've donated food to the foodbank at the supermarket I've generally always given biscuits! I've seen that other people give 'normal' food and I've thought people in need of foodbank assistance may actually like some biscuits. I know I bloody would!

Willow36 Tue 09-Apr-13 09:52:52

I really want a penguin biscuit now.

(Oh and YANBU)

DeskPlanner Tue 09-Apr-13 09:53:23

What a cow. Everyone enjoys an occasional penguin. Yum.

Latara Tue 09-Apr-13 09:53:41

YANBU; at Christmas our local Foodbank asked for food that poorer people wouldn't spend money on - such as Selection boxes (of chocolate).

I put Cup-A-Soups (not everyone has a cooker); Galaxy chocolate (for a treat) and lots of tuna in sunflower oil (again, no cooking required) in the Foodbank last time i went.

GW297 Tue 09-Apr-13 09:54:49

I hope it doesn't put you off donating! What business is it of hers what you put in? I always put in whatever biscuits are on offer when I do it. I hate it when people feel they have to make snide and self righteous comments like this, but it says a lot more about them than it does about you. I feel like buying some penguins for the food bank next time I go shopping on principle!

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