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Greasy kid stuff?Posted Friday, June 13, 2008, at 8:06 AM
In these troubling economic times, the strange stories just keep piling up. One of my blogger buddies sent me a May 30, 2008 story from the Herald Tribune. It seems that some enterprising bandits recently vacuumed out 300 gallons of fryer oil, "yellow grease," from a Burger King in Northern California.
Holy Moly! What on earth could these slimey crooks have wanted with used cooking oil?? I called the McDonalds in Advance and was told that they would be glad to have someone come steal their oil; they have to pay someone to come take it away!
The greasy Burger King thief in California was caught, and police found 2,500 gallons of fryer grease in his truck. How's that for "thinking outside the box"?
He isn't the only creative crook out there. The theft of cooking oil is such a problem in the Northwest that the Olympia Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Arlington, Washington is considering the installation of a surveillance camera to keep watch on their 50-gallon grease barrel! The owner says that the barrel has been hit seven or eight times since last summer...
Let me get this straight: This guy sends some poor employee out each morning to measure the amount of grease which was stolen during the night? How would you like to have THAT job?? ("Hi, Fred, whatcha been doin' since high school?" "Ah, I measure stolen grease...")
I would think the restaurant owner would be grateful to get rid of the stuff for free, but maybe he's contacted a buyer for this "liquid gold."
Turns out that the yellow grease is traded on the commodities market, and its value is steadily increasing as "an ever more popular form of biodiesel to fuel cars and trucks."
Whoa! I see all sorts of possibilities here!
From the grease-free hills of Tillman, Mo., this is your never-eat-anything-fried reporter Madeline signing off on a gorgeous summer morning.
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.