would you eat it?

February 17, 2011

Can I include here an extended dialog from season six of Seinfeld?

If you’ll indulge me a moment.

JERRY: So lemme get this straight: you find yourself in the kitchen. You see an eclair, in the receptacle. And you think to yourself, “What the @#!*% , I’ll just eat some trash.”

GEORGE: No, no. No, no, no. It was not trash!

JERRY: Was it in the trash?


JERRY: Then it was trash.

GEORGE: It wasn’t down in, it was sort of on top.

JERRY: But it was in the cylinder!

GEORGE: Above the rim.

JERRY: Adjacent to refuse, is refuse.

GEORGE: It was on a magazine! And it still had the doily on.

JERRY: Was it eaten?

GEORGE: One little bite.

JERRY: Well, that’s garbage.

GEORGE: But I know who took the bite. It was her aunt!

JERRY: Well, you, my friend, have crossed the line that divides Man and Bum. You are now a Bum.

Exhibit A:

cake trash farther

Is it trash?

Apparently the expiration date was  no hindrance:

cake trash close

The Incident happened on Feb 16. 8 days after the date you see on the label.

Apparently, this cake was in the fridge for a week. Then, one day, it was in the trash. This trash and this fridge:

fridge trash can

Forget for a moment that we apparently store our Christmas tree in the corner of the lunch room, all year long.

And focus on the idea that someone saw it in the fridge one day, where propriety prohibits one from eating someone else’s cake.

And the next day, the cake was in trash. Where no such sticky ethical dilemma poses a problem. Kind of like in the Star Chamber, when the one cop stops the other cop from looking through the suspect’s trash can until the trash has been emptied into the garbage truck.

I’ll try to be clearer. The cake was in the fridge, sampled, but not consumed, for a week.

Then someone threw it away.

Then someone else (not the owner) saw it in the trash, and rescued it. And shared it. And THEN shared the origin.

And then threw it away. Again.

Let’s see that cake again:

cake trash farther

I’m going to have to side with Jerry on this one. It may be free game. But like Ian Malcom once said (sort of), just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

JERRY: Well, you, my friend, have crossed the line that divides Man and Bum. You are now a Bum.

14 Responses to “would you eat it?”

  1. KanyonKris Says:

    I’m not sure I follow. Are you saying while the cake was in the fridge there was more if it? And you’re wondering if someone deemed it trash but ate some before putting it in the trash? If so, I think a line was crossed.

    • dug Says:

      nope. i’m saying that the cake was in the fridge. mostly, but not entirely intact.

      then, after a week, someone put it in the trash.

      at which time, someone else (important distinction) fished it out of the trash, and consumed much, but not all, of the remainder.

      the pictures represent the final disposition of the cake.

      at least i think final. hm.

  2. tibiker Says:

    No way I’d eat it, it’s past the expiration date. Fridge or trash can it’s a no-go for me.

  3. BM Says:

    What’s the green leafy substance near the cake? That might explain everything.

  4. bikemike Says:

    not for nothing, but with your companies history with refrigeration, i’d be more inclined to eat something from one of the trash cans than something from the frig. expired or not. at least the trash gets emptied…possibly.

  5. Stephen Says:

    Saw this and thought of you. Well, I don’t really know you. I thought of your blog.

  6. JAT in Seattle Says:

    (a) that’s the sell-by date, not the “expiration” date.
    (b) it is enclosed in a plastic box which seems a little better protected than a doily on top of a magazine, and
    (c) you people throw away a lot of recyclable material.

  7. steve Says:

    But, what if that someone, likely the owner of the cake, ate some, put it back in the fridge? Is the line erased? my head hurts.

  8. Once the line is crossed, it can’t be uncrossed.

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