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The crime of not wasting food

In The Telegraph Sept 6, 2013

When Sacha Hall realised her local Tesco was throwing away thousands of pounds of fresh food following a power cut, she thought there could be no harm in taking some to eat. But to her horror, within minutes of stocking up her fridge with packets of ham, potato waffles and pies, police swooped on her home and arrested her for theft.
Victimless Crimes, chapter 17:
As we have seen, an increasing amount of today’s law is not concerned with our protection at all, but with our conformity to government regulations and permitted behavior. I suggest that the ratio between these two types of laws could be used as an indicator of the degree to which any given state has tipped towards being termed ‘totalitarian.'”

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