Is Trash Food Acceptable?

I feel like every time I have this conversation with people, I end up being looked at like I’m some sort of trash panda. Is it okay to eat food that you find in the trash can?

The answer should be yes. Food is food.

Now let me get one thing out of the way. I’m NOT talking about digging through a trash can that looks like this:

Or this:

I’m talking more along the lines of something like this:

Picture a plate under one of those pieces of pizza though. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find a picture of a slice of pizza perfectly resting upon a pile of trash. But just use your imagination.

I really don’t see the problem with it. It’s not like the food in question is under a pile of mysterious liquid and half eaten trash. And it’s not like I do this with any food. It always turns out to be a delicious slice of pizza staring back at me. Never with burgers, sandwiches, pasta or anything else you can think of. I’m talking ONLY pizza.

You may be thinking in your head right now, “Oh my god Mike, you nasty! You know how many germs are in the trash!?” Oh if you think that’s bad, lemme tell you a story:

I was at a Wawa a week or so ago ordering breakfast to go along with my daily energy drink. If you’re wondering what a Wawa is, it’s a gas station that also make breakfast/lunch/dinner/smoothies as well. It’s overrated, but it’s not bad. Here’s a picture in case you were curious.

This Wawa looks ten times nicer than the one I was at though. Just to paint a good picture for you. I know shoeless homeless people walk I there daily so remember that when reading this.

So, I get my food and for some reason I had an issue with the bagel, which was in its own little separate bag. I also had another bag for my breakfast burrito and an energy drink in the other hand. One thing led to another and the bagel popped out.

It didn’t just plop down on the floor though. It bounced off my leg, seemingly picking up speed, and rolled for at least 5 feet or so before I quickly picked it up. I did it so smoothly though, barely breaking stride, where I really don’t think anyone saw me. But at this point, I had a decision to make.

Do I go back to the counter, tell them about my incompetence and demand they make me another bagel? No, I can’t do that. It was kinda busy and I had to get back to work.

Do I throw it out? Hell no. I paid good money for this bagel and cream cheese. I’ll be damned before I just throw that away! Maybe you have enough money for an unlimited amount of bagels, sorry, but I don’t. I have a certain dollar amount allotted to bagels and I was at my limit for the day.

So there was only one option. Take my bagel that had just somersaulted across the dirty gas station floor, and accept that I’m just gonna have to eat it. Which honestly, wasn’t a big deal to me.

Remember, I’m used to eating food out of the trash for crying out loud. What’s a little Wawa floor gonna do? So I took my bagel and scurried out of there. Long story short, by the time I got back to the dealership I devoured my meal, completely forgetting that I even dropped the bagel. No harm, no foul.

I know many of you will look at me different now, but hey, I know I’m not the only one who does this. I wrote this blog for those people. The ones who don’t waste food. The ones who won’t let a little gas station floor seasoning ruin a perfectly good meal. Remember this next time you go to throw out a piece of food you dropped on the ground. A little dirtiness never hurt anyone.

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