Letter – Not a martyr

Re: Dumpsters closed for business, Feb. 23 - 29

Not a martyr

Re: Dumpsters closed for business, Feb. 23 – 29

I was dismayed by your editorial about me and my experience of dumpster diving because it seems to me I was portrayed as a victim and a martyr.  I live on limited means, yes, but chose years ago to live a non-consumer lifestyle and have no regrets.  I create my own entertainment, and dumpster diving has been an adventure.  I am not “doing my best to support” anybody and when all is said and done I have no shortage of money for food.  I was merely sharing freely the fantastic abundance that came out of Thrifty’s dumpster.  I expressed my sadness that it was gone as well as my gratitude that we had been able to take advantage of the opportunity.

As I said, for a while “I was the cheese fairy, dealing out exotic French cheese to all and sundry.”  I want to change the system that extracts, consumes and wastes, while in the process poisoning the planet, but in no way do I blame Thrifty’s who, quite possibly, would prefer not to be locked into this system.

Edward Butterworth,Victoria

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