In a scene reminiscent of a Dickens' novel, police recently held back poor, hungry Georgians as the bank-owned contents of a supermarket were dumped into the garbage.
SunTrust evicted the owner of Laney's supermarket from the building it owned, according to WJBF News. On March 23, poor community members helped remove the contents of the building and clean it up. The store owner told them they could help themselves to anything. Then, this:
Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of people were waiting outside of Laney Supermarket... all hoping to stuff garbage bags with free food. The merchandise was piled up outside of the building after the store owner was evicted early Tuesday morning. But before anyone could grab anything, the Sheriff showed up.
"The normal process is once law enforcement leaves, it becomes public property. But again, with 400 people out with items such as these. These were brand new items from the store. We saw that the potential for a riot was extremely high," says Sheriff Richard Roundtree.Umm...so you mitigate the possibility of a riot by taking food from hungry people and throwing it into a dumpster?
Global Research suggests the real reason they threw the food away: SunTrust ordered it.
Teresa Russell, chief deputy of the Marshal’s Office in Richmond County, said the owner of the building ordered that the food be taken to the landfill.By the way we just love what SunTrust says about "supporting our communities:"
At SunTrust we believe that philanthropy is essential to building and sustaining our communities. Our mission to help people and institutions prosper demonstrates the importance of philanthropy to our business...SunTrust and our teammates deliver the promise behind our brand.Some promise.