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    • MSE Sarah
    • By MSE Sarah 6th Nov 18, 4:36 PM
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    Money Moral Dilemma: Should my housemate pay me back for my veg he's eaten?
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    Money Moral Dilemma: Should my housemate pay me back for my veg he's eaten? 6th Nov 18 at 4:36 PM
    This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

    He keeps taking vegetables I've bought that are about to go 'out of date', presumably as they'll be past their best before when I get to them. Even if technically 'out of date', I often don't mind eating them, yet they're gone. Should I ask him to stop or for money to buy new stuff?

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    • m1kjm
    • By m1kjm 6th Nov 18, 4:57 PM
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    Deja Vu
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    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5846023&highlight=leftovers&page= 2
    • Auntie-Dolly
    • By Auntie-Dolly 6th Nov 18, 5:52 PM
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    Why do they do this? What is the point?
    • suejb2
    • By suejb2 6th Nov 18, 6:35 PM
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    Money moral dilema
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    Why do we have these? Surely if I had any advice I would contribute on the original thread.
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 6th Nov 18, 6:55 PM
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    Why do we have these? Surely if I had any advice I would contribute on the original thread.
    Originally posted by suejb2
    Because they are questions emailed in by people that get the email from the site and may not even have forum accounts.
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    • Money maker
    • By Money maker 6th Nov 18, 7:18 PM
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    Really? Really?
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    • maman
    • By maman 6th Nov 18, 7:21 PM
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    Because they are questions emailed in by people that get the email from the site and may not even have forum accounts.
    Originally posted by onomatopoeia99
    But surely the mse team have better things to do with their time than pass on this sort of nonsense.

    They could change the newsletter to tell people to register on the forum if they want to post.

    I don't think anyone likes these threads where the OP is absent. Yet they persist.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 6th Nov 18, 7:30 PM
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    They could change the newsletter to tell people to register on the forum if they want to post.
    Originally posted by maman
    Some people don't like social media so won't register for forums, facebook etc.
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    • LesD
    • By LesD 6th Nov 18, 10:13 PM
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    Mmd rip..............

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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 6th Nov 18, 10:17 PM
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    But surely the mse team have better things to do with their time than pass on this sort of nonsense.
    Originally posted by maman
    QED: the very fact that they are doing so suggests not
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    • marich
    • By marich 6th Nov 18, 11:35 PM
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    Past your sell-by !
    Who dreams these up ? Really , they seem to get worse by the week.



    Much like this guy's veggies , I'm feeling that whoever makes these up in MSE's office has to deserve a better rebirth ... What a way to earn your living !


    Yeah , your pal is due you some veggies - but , hey , lighten up man ! How about moving out ?
    • chesky
    • By chesky 7th Nov 18, 6:37 AM
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    Hide your veggies under the bed.
    • kazt2006
    • By kazt2006 7th Nov 18, 6:57 AM
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    Tell him to leave your food alone - simple!
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 7th Nov 18, 7:56 AM
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    The Sale of Veg Act 1975 chapter 4, para 7.3 states quite clearly that "vegetables and other perishable foods may be sold on the understanding that after the point of sale, consumption of said items are taken entirely at the risk of the purchaser".

    However there is a further sub-para 7.10 which then states that "where more than one persons occupy the dwelling, other occupants are to ensure that the purchaser does not consume anything which may affect their health which in turn, may affect the health of other occupants."

    Therefore, I'd say your housemate is looking doing their duty by looking after both of you.
    • Barryfan
    • By Barryfan 7th Nov 18, 10:00 AM
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    Stealing is stealing
    I've not see any earlier posts, so my response is genuine.
    If your housemate is eating vegetables (without your permission) that you have bought, then this is stealing and you should tell him to stop!!
    • crmism
    • By crmism 7th Nov 18, 10:23 AM
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    Vegetables
    You haven't stated what kind of arrangement you have with your housemate when it comes to groceries that are nearing the ends of their consumable lives but, self-evidently, he treats what's his are his and what's yours are his, too.

    He just might think he's helping you out, but he needs to be educated that dates on packaging are advisory only and that the food within is consumable for some time afterwards, and should be left alone so that you can finish them off when you wish.

    You need to be very firm with him so that's he's under no illusion that what he's doing is theft, no matter what condition the vegetables are in when he steals them. If, through his own greed, he persists, you might think about buying for yourself a lockable refrigerator and keep your perishables in that. Asking him to do that instead won't work, as he'll persist in pinching your property.
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 7th Nov 18, 10:28 AM
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    You should evict your housemate immediately, and threaten to report him to the police for theft if he hasn't left by the time of the next yummy vegetarian meal...
    • REJP
    • By REJP 7th Nov 18, 10:59 AM
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    Really? Get a different housemate who is not selfish.
    Simple.
    • tain
    • By tain 7th Nov 18, 11:12 AM
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    Who dreams these up ? Really , they seem to get worse by the week.



    Much like this guy's veggies , I'm feeling that whoever makes these up in MSE's office has to deserve a better rebirth ... What a way to earn your living !


    Yeah , your pal is due you some veggies - but , hey , lighten up man ! How about moving out ?
    Originally posted by marich
    Considering they probably get hundreds of suggestions a week, why on earth would they need to make them up?
    • tain
    • By tain 7th Nov 18, 11:14 AM
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    Who are these people who can't have a basic conversation with their housemates, yet who are able to share food without asking?

    Just talk to them, dammit. Or leave a note if that's too much to ask.
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