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Rhineland police complain of 'intolerable' food from caterers

The Local · 10 Aug 2010, 14:16

Published: 10 Aug 2010 14:16 GMT+02:00

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“For some time already we have been observing an increase in the rotten or expired food given to our colleagues on duty,” state union leader Frank Richter said in a statement.

At different events police were served rotten meatballs, putrid pork, bad sausages and uncooked fish, in addition to expired butter and cheese, the organisation alleged.

But the worst of food fouls came at a friendly football game between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City, where officers were given pre-packed lunches that had blood stains on the packaging, the GdP said. This was the “pinnacle of the intolerableness,” the statement added.

“I expect immediate and appropriate crisis management from the Interior Ministry,” Richter went on, suggesting that the authority should sack the catering company responsible for delivering the bad food.

The privatisation of police force kitchens should also be turned back as quickly as possible, the statement said.

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“The privatisation of police catering did not lead to the promised cost reductions, but instead to the opposite,” Richter added. “Our colleagues are treated worse and the taxpayer pays more for that.”

Though the GdP reportedly complained about the problem already in June, a spokesperson for the state office for central police services told daily Bild that they had not heard of the food complaints.

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14:36 August 10, 2010 by moistvelvet
I was going to write something along the lines of Police moaning and beleive that they should have preferential treatment, even adding a cheeky tongue in cheek question whether they eat pork! But after reading the article, no one should be offered food in that condition, no matter how unpopular they are, the catering firm should take action.
18:09 August 10, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I was going to let loose a bit of a sharp tongue myself, but yeah, after reading the above... that is actually quite horrible. That shouldn't be tolerated.
19:39 August 10, 2010 by snorge
Well, now we know why they beat the crap out of people with very little provocation....
20:51 August 10, 2010 by 9900lawre
Stirring sh"£ is exactly what this story is about.
22:47 August 10, 2010 by MonkeyMania
They look fairly happy in that picture. It looks like pea soup with some wurst added. Don't they usually eat Doughnuts all the time?
23:02 August 10, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
I was going to say coffee and donuts too, but I guess that's more an American cliché that most people haven't even heard of here.

well, gotta eat well before you whip out your batons and exercise crowd control...
00:41 August 11, 2010 by MichaelMolenaar
I sense that the full story is not being told.

If the officers were getting their food from a bad source, then why not order the food from a different service? If it is actually privatized, as the article suggests, then there should be a dozen food companies competing to provide the service. Instead it sounds to me like the government provided food is poor because there is no incentive for it to be any better.
00:55 August 11, 2010 by wenddiver
All workers should recieve decent meals.
01:07 August 11, 2010 by Jasmine33
That's really a shame these policemen are receiving food like that, afterall they risk their lives while on duty and maintain order. Think it's time to change caterers or have several food services available that serve good food.

Really nice photo of these three policemen with great smiles. In my head I was thinking of the song by Ian Whicomb called "You Turn Me On", and when I saw this picture it went pretty well together with that song. Might sound silly to some, but, oh well.
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