The Cracker Barrel employee who got fired the fifth time he gave away free food without permission. Also, the media is annoying me by framing it as "BUT HE ONLY GAVE AWAY ONE TEENY TINY MUFFIN. I GUESS CB WANTS PEOPLE TO STARVE TO DEATH"
A while ago I worked for a fuel company as the graveyard shift (10pm to 6am). One of the duties was to 'wastage' the old food and get the new out. The station was new, and quite a lot of police would drop in and fill up their cars on shift change about 2am. Since I was disposing of the old sweets, sandwiches, chickens, milk, etc, I would put them all in a garbage bag in a milk crate and hand them over to the cops. Everyone knew I did this.
One day we got a new manager and he didn't approve, so I was told to stop. Which I did, and sent away some very unhappy police that shift.
I don't know who called whom, but the next night, I got a call from the state manager just as I started, who gave me permission to carry on as before and they were very happy that I'd been doing it, etc, etc. So if the article I read is right, and the food was about to be binned, then yes, CB are being idiots. You've already written the food off; does it matter if it's then given out to someone who needs it?