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Skipping: A Short Film. Free Food from Supermarket Skips. Another Slice of Life From Stokes Croft.

March 10, 2010

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  1. fox permalink
    March 10, 2010 4:54 pm

    i wish more ppl would do skipping i do it all the time and i find lots of vegan lovely food still in date some times ,

    • ball dog permalink
      March 12, 2010 12:10 am

      i would like to reply to above , it is called skipping becos we have hunt in them the food in them is fine for ppl to eat have you tryed it ? ill take you one eve if you like then your
      see how good the food is for self , ok


  2. March 10, 2010 5:04 pm

    It’s called freeganism, not skipping, and it’s how tramps have been living since the 60s. Did you think that you had invented the concept?

    If you want to get your food from skips, then be my guest. It made me think of scavenging rats.

    That food’s been thrown out for a reason; it’s out of date and not fit for human consumption, according to the legislation that governs the sale of food. While it’s been sat in a skip, unrefridgerated, and open to vermin, anything could have happened to it. That’s why the supermarkets lock their skips to prevent people taking it. Weils disease is really unpleasant I hear…

    Another great piece of poignant political commentary from the PRSC. You guys excel yourselves every time…

    • Smiffy permalink
      March 12, 2010 12:13 pm

      I think if you watch the film you’ll see the clearly the food is fit for human consumption.

      And i think instead of slagging people off maybe you should be thinking about how much waste these supermarkets are creating.

      If stuff is due to go out of date why can’t we feed he homeless or some of the many people going without food. Why do they put their food into skips? there are lots of homeless and half way centres in the bristol area why not give them the food. We are all fully aware that food is fine several days after the sell by date.

      And i think you will find this is a particularly poignant issue seeing as our local council has just run a conference on food wastage and how it is no longer sustainable. Our government has just been raising the issue that we need to revaluate our “sell by date culture”

      If you think that this is not a poignant issue i think you should seriously start looking about the world we live in today and remove you rose tinted glasses.

      • ball dog permalink
        March 12, 2010 8:06 pm

        in reply , i was not slagging anyone off and im sorry if you think that , but you made a very good point bout giving it too the homeless etc ill have a think bout that befor i reply to it becos i work with the homeless and sometimes im homeless my self when i cart find someone to stay etc

    • ball dog permalink
      March 13, 2010 10:53 pm

      so why has it not killed us who do it then ? i think i need to take you out skipping one eve then your see how safe the food is , i dare you

    • Hugh permalink
      March 17, 2010 1:43 am

      “Another great piece of poignant political commentary from the PRSC. You guys excel yourselves every time…”

      So why do you keep coming back? To make yourself feel superior by posting negative comments?

      • Hugh permalink
        March 17, 2010 1:45 am

        Sorry, that comment was meant for the post above! My bad.

      • ball dog permalink
        April 15, 2010 12:44 pm

        the reason i keep replying to ppl like you is prob the same reason as you why do you keep comeing back ;

    • marcus permalink
      October 24, 2013 1:39 pm

      a lot of the food is still in date u ignorant bucking banker.

  3. March 10, 2010 8:46 pm

    Wow…what a scary concept. You don’t need to scavenge to get it. Just find a free food distribution center at

  4. bsk permalink
    March 10, 2010 9:14 pm

    Dave – “That food’s been thrown out for a reason; it’s out of date and not fit for human consumption”.

    I’m not sure that is either fair or true. I certainly wouldn’t be tempted by stuff that ought to be in a fridge, but fruit, veg, bread, etc. seems fair game to me. However, I’ve heard plenty about stuff being thrown out while still perfectly edible. Also, I don’t think ‘sell by’ dates are anything to go by. I’ve seen plenty of green meat, well within ‘sell by date’, in the Somerfields on the Glos Rd.

  5. March 10, 2010 9:54 pm

    Fantastic guys! loving the slow motion eating i can almost taste it
    i feel that if supermarkets have to be s greedy and wasteful if people arent all uppity about going through a bin then FUCK YEAH lets reduce REUSE RECYCLE. better than it rotting on a landfill dont ya think???!!X

  6. smokeys permalink
    March 11, 2010 7:43 pm

    mr trew,

    at no point in the above documentary does anyone suggest that they have ‘invented a concept’ – you seem to be the only one doing that. so let’s iron you out, so to speak.

    the term ‘freegan’ is an amalgamation of the words ‘free’ and ‘vegan’. the whole idea came from the antiglobalisation and environmentalist movements of the 1990’s and not by the 1960’s tramps that you vaguely allude to. therefore freeganism is a movement, not merely a concept. you must be getting confused with the 1960’s american group known as the ‘diggers’. they foreran the freegans, providing homeless people with a regular food source that would otherwise have been discarded by corporations like say… tescos. they in turn derived their name from ‘the english diggers’, a kind of mid 16th century ‘rob from the rich give to the poor’ outfit. so your definitions are incorrect and out of date to the tune of 350 years. you’re kicking out quite the false funk mr trew, yet on the flip side my two day old skipped quiche doesn’t honk at all and it’s right yummy!

    but forget your movements, your concepts and my quiche – they’re not actually the point here. these filmmakers are simply proactive people highlighting the misgivings of profit hungry supermarkets whose innocent advertising campaigns camouflage a sinister reality. if ‘every little helps’ then why throw out bin bags of unopened, unsold produce onto our streets every night? ‘try something new today’ – like have some chickens killed, package them up into kievs and then lob the contents into a landfill site? no ta. i asda say i ain’t ‘lovin it’.

    its not the scavaging rat we should be worried about but rather the scavaging profiteering bunch of rats who seem so intent on turning our beautifully unique streets into commercial carparks. the people who feature in this film have souls and are real people with a mission worth celebrating. they give most of what they procure back to the people who count; people who haven’t eaten for days. do you think they take a look at unopened boxes of cakes and say ‘don’t think so old bean – this turnovers a day over its best before’? no, they’re only too grateful for the warmth that sustenance brings on a freezing cold winters night.

    anyway, i’ve got a quiche to eat. keep on skipping.


    • Thomas Smith permalink
      July 17, 2011 10:51 pm

      “i asda say i ain’t ‘lovin it’”


  7. Gillie permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:08 pm

    spot on!

    • Viola permalink
      June 16, 2012 8:11 pm

      I d really go for it but i m too shy and i m scared someone coukd atrack me in the night for the foid in the skips too.I m one of those that HATES the waste,I love food and I respect it and i buy as much as I can the reduced prices items as the are PERFECTLY fine and i knlw they re going to be chucked away.What s the point to chuck bags of potatoes cos the lebel sais they are. one day off..meh!I life in the Nw uk and if someone aound here goes let me know!

  8. Michelle permalink
    July 29, 2012 7:40 pm


    I think ‘skippers’ are brilliant, after seeing a T.V. programme about a year ago, I have always wanted to try skipping. I agree it is not a good idea to take the meat and dairy products but bread, cakes, biscuits, cereals etc. are fine I reckon. It;s insane how much food goes on to landfill sights. I know why it can never be made legal, it’s because Supermarkets would loose profits and everybody would be skipping not shopping and spending. It was a complete ‘bummer’ when the main ‘skipper’ said Waitrose keep there skips in doors because that was the Supermarket I’ve been dwelling on for some time. Do Fortnum and Mason have skips? Now that’s skipping!


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