My mom sent me fruit shopping a few days ago and I noticed a small change indicative of an economic recession that affects Spanish citizens more than the banking system, privately-held companies, and the government. There was a large box next to the cash register at the grocery store with a sign that read: “The Crisis Corner.” In that box sat very ripe fruit, damaged fruit, and rotten fruit at a discounted price. Grocery stores usually see themselves forced to throw out such fruit items or donate them to soup kitchens to feed the city’s poor. The recession has clearly demonstrated that there is a demand for unsellable fruit as long as it’s cheaper. People’s need for food has trumped pickiness. Theft rates at farms have risen considerably, as farmers witness fruit-less trees from night to day. Unemployed, retired, and young individuals resort to stealing fruit and vegetables from nearby farms and reselling each item at an astronomical price. Spanish authorities have enacted certain measures, such as increased vigilance, to cease these incidents. I don’t think the answer is punishment. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?
Picture from: La Razón