Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Small-town supermarket gives away food

An article in today's states that a supermarket in Japan's Gunma Prefecture gave away a thousand heads of cabbage. (The text is in Japanese, but there is a photograph of the inside of the store.)

The cabbage was from a local co-op, whic was going to throw away the cabbage due to a drop in prices in a bumper-crop year.

Upon hearing about the co-op's plans, the store owner is quoted as having said, "Mottainai!" ("What a waste!"). He'd rather give it away than see it go to waste, he said.

The cabbage was snapped up in about an hour.

—Mellow Monk

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