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http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-09-29-restaurant-grease-thieves_N.htm


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Two men pulled up behind Five Guys Burgers and Fries in North Bergen, N.J., last week, hooked a hose to a tank outside the restaurant and began stealthily siphoning 700 gallons of used cooking oil into a container in their van, police say.
The two suspects worked for a grease recycling company but were "freelancing" on two occasions in which they were charged with slurping up 1,400 gallons of the slippery stuff, according to Lt. Frank Cannella of the North Bergen Police.

In some parts of the country, the restaurant owner might thank them for taking the waste material off their hands without charging for the service. But in mostly urban areas where there's more competition between companies seeking to pick up and resell used cooking oil for use in biofuels, the companies pay the restaurants for the oil, says Tom Cook, president of the National Renderers Association.


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The organization, which represents legitimate companies that pick up and recycle spent grease, is in the process of an industrywide survey to find out the extent of the loss, Cook says. He doesn't have numbers yet, but he expects they will be large.

"Virtually all of our members who are in the business of picking up used cooking oils are experiencing grease theft to some degree or another, in some cases, pretty significantly," Cook says.

About 3 billion pounds of "yellow grease," as the used oil is called, is produced in the USA each year, and traditionally, most of it has been mixed with livestock feed, he says. The value of the stuff fluctuates, but it hovers around $1.90 a gallon, he said.

Griffin Industries, an animal and bakery byproduct recycling company based in Cold Spring, Ky., "conservatively estimates" that it loses about 1 million pounds of spent cooking oil a week to theft, according to Christopher A. Griffin, director of legal affairs for the company.

"The issue of grease theft is not an issue unique to Griffin but is an issue that plagues every legitimate company in our industry from coast to coast," he said.

His company employs a security team to focus solely on grease theft, some of which is perpetrated by people posing as subcontractors for Griffin — which the company never uses, he said.

"I cannot speak for the grease thieves that steal from our competitors, but I can tell you that with Griffin's security team, if you steal from Griffin, it is only a matter of time before we catch you," he said.

David Miller, owner of the Kickin' Chicken restaurants based in Mount Pleasant, S.C., doesn't know who absconded with several thousand dollars worth of day-old vegetable oil from his seven stores.

He started noticing significant drop-offs in the monthly payment from the grease buyers and knew something was going on.

"With all the different uses of grease and biodiesel, we've gotten some backyard grease chemists," he said. "And it's a commodity that is not normally protected. It's easily accessible, and therefore, people have been siphoning off grease."

Restaurants such as the Kickin' Chicken started putting locks on their grease containers, but in some cases, the bandits cut the locks and knocked down the containers, said Tom Sponseller, president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospitality Association. He has put out a warning to restaurants statewide to be on the lookout for grease rustlers.

"When there's a market for something, there's somebody willing to steal it," he said.

Used cooking oil is looked upon as a waste material in some places, and some restaurants pay to get rid of it. In South Carolina, grease thievery is concentrated along the coast, where many restaurants cater to tourists, Sponseller said.

Police in Greenville, S.C., have had no complaints about grease theft, according to Sgt. Jason Rampey.

Joey Pearson, sous chef at Soby's, a restaurant in downtown Greenville, said he's glad a local man who makes biodiesel asked for the restaurant's used grease.

"If we get it picked up professionally, we have to pay," he said. "So if somebody actually comes up to us and says, 'We'll take it off your hands for free,' we have no problems just letting them have it."
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That is disgusting.....:laughing:
 

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Makes for a darn good Fried Texas Stake :laughing:
 

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We had a Sargent and a couple of cops doing the same thing here in Folsom. Stupid !
 

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I never knew we started to recycle lard and fryer grease for biodiesel....:laughing:

That somehow seems kinda gross..


Now I think there is a progressive future for fatty foods and overweight people.

A Fat Tax credit.....:laughing:


Anybody eating fatty foods or overweight are driving up the price of biodiesel, bacon, pigs feet, Crisco, deep fried foods, and gravy in a can!:surprised:laughing:

Another excuse for the New World Order. :partyon: :laughing:
 

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I repost of a thread that got deleted for some reason....
I killed it because your link didn't work, I couldn't figure out what the topic was, and I didn't have time to send you a PM asking for clarification.

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I killed it because your link didn't work, I couldn't figure out what the topic was, and I didn't have time to send you a PM asking for clarification.

Steven
I'll try to clairify my thread titles and add opening snippets more.


These funny items get me laughing more than thinking...:laughing:


My bad.:thumbsup:
 
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