Originally Posted by traceface
One thing I don't get is, why doesn't the bakery at the grocery store start making less bread every day? In a market economy, one would think this would all operate more efficiently -- like, the business manager tracking which days they usually end up with much less
They all do this....well, at least any business that wants to stay open for very long. They will keep year to year data, week to week and holiday. They will mark what time they ran out for a comparable day. For example: ran out of whole wheat at 3pm. And then make more for a matching day. There are computer programs specifically for such things. It is the most efficient of any system I've ever seen. But consumers are erratic...before a predicted snow day, consumers will stock up.....other things happen. I remember one year we were at a panera near a museum on a holiday (the museum was open), but it was a very cold day. No one was in there except us. They offered us a big bag of food when we left
The paneras (around here) gives leftovers to their employess, or at least they used to.
Perhaps some of these companies are worried about a lawsuit and that is why they don't give to employees? If food is expired, or a can bursts then it could cause contamination to the other products (botulism)..... In our litigious country, and lack of a loser-pays system (decreases frivolous lawsuits-loser pays for fees if they lose the lawsuit and is used in England, France, Germany and others), this could possibly explain it.
I know when I worked at a cosmetics company, we were asked to not donate any fragrances to any women's shelters bc they would drink them. I was kind of surprised by that...back then, but nothing surprises me now!