Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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The Epic Live-Tweeting Of Last Night's Park Slope Coop Meeting

Last night Park Slope Food Coop held its monthly members meeting. At 7:26 p.m., senior Reuters Opinion editor Chadwick Matlin began live-tweeting the proceedings; two hours and 14 minutes later, "meeting is adjourned." It's difficult to pick a favorite here but "In europe I have been using the biodegradable, and they degrade so fast by the time you're at checkout you don't know where the bag is," "'but my collards won't fit!' — one of the actresses in the silent film PSA," and ""My name is Robert Dow. No relation to Dow Chemical." have to be contenders.

I wasn't going to, but it's too good not to tweet. The park slope food coop meeting has begun.
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Despite not being on the agenda until next month, was canvassed with Israel food boycott materials before even entering meeting.
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The room is tense with passive aggression. Israeli food referendum dominates. Free Oreos given out, but not free hummus.
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7:31 pm: First mention of "fascist food."
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Man gets up, says coop should ban Israeli food only if it bans american food because of native American occupation. He's wearing yarmulke.
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Coop spending $4,000 to rent high school for Israeli vote. And ppl say Israeli boycott would be bad for economy.
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Coordinator reports that since inception, coop has sold more than 400 mil in goods.
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Food coordinator admits that even though clemntines are coming from Morocco, they're really delicious.
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Goes on to say "everything is coconut these days." in related news, she went birding in Sri Lanka and had some great coconut water there.
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Discussion about whether coop should post directions to next months meeting. Woman: "there's a huge antennae in the sky, just look for that"
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Member! These are my people. I am them. They are me. RT @irincarmon: @ChadwickMatlin are you a member or are you just lurking?
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Have now moved on to tonight's business: whether to eliminate plastic produce bags at coop. No vote tonight. Just discussion.
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moorehn Heidi N. Moore

in reply to @moorehn

@moorehn technically no hummus vote tonight. That's next month. Whether to eliminate plastic bags is tonight.
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Plastic produce bag rollout would take 3 months. Follow in footsteps of plastic shopping bag ban already in place.
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irincarmon Irin Carmon

marcatracy marc tracy

in reply to @marcatracy

@marcatracy no Israel stuff tonight! No vote at least. Not on agenda til next month.
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Slide: "plastic bags + fracking?"
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Coop plastic produce bag stats: 383 bags used per hour. $22k per year spent on providing bags.
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Proponent saying one reason to ban plastic bags because they go into trash that goes through low income community in South Bronx.
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Proponent says one option to replace plastic bags is that members can make their own cloth replacements.
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Anti plastic bag PSA being played. Called "The Shopper". Spoof of "The Artist"
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"but my collards won't fit!" — one of the actresses in the silent film PSA.
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Point of order for non members out there: every speaking member must introduce selves and what shift they work. Receiving, Shopping, etc.
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Also, coop newspaper is called "linewaiter's gazette"
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Lengthy speech abt cost of cloth bags compred to plastic bags on scale. Half cent on a scale, not factoring in cost of water to clean them.
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Board member tried to cut speech off. "it's going somewhere!" man protests.
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"The true objective here is to get international media attention for booting out roll bags." Success!
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Woman next to me has finished her squeeze pack of Almond Milk/Butter/Thingie.
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Woman proposing that coop could have muslin (sp?) bag donation drive.
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Actually, every speaker so far RT @ChadwickMatlin: Board member tried to cut speech off. "it's going somewhere!" man protests.
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Counterpoint! "Bio bags have their own sustainability issues. A lot of them are made from corn." Proposes group bag share w mutual cleaning.
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"Most ppl have a bag of bags. I used to have a bag of bags that took up half the closet."
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"I do checkout, you know, so that's why I'm speaking. I'm right on the firing line, you know?"
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Potential corruption scandal: Woman on checkout committee proposes taring scale purposefully high to account for bag weight.
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ChadwickMatlin Chadwick Matlin

jgperras Justin Perras

in reply to @jgperras

@jgperras I am a sworn journalist. Ethics apply! All true.
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"I've been a member for 37 years, and I've never taken a plastic bag from the coop. I use bags until they disintegrate in my house."
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Man comes up to speak and say that he heard on the news that somebody may have discovered a plastic-eating bacteria.
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"My name is Robert Dow. No relation to Dow Chemical."
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"corn production contributes to dead zone on ocean, so that's one thing to consider if we use corn bags"
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Clarification! Woman says this isn't a ban on plastic bags. Just plastic bags the coop provides for free. We are all free to use our own.
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But she wants us to know that "plastic doesn't really have a role to play in frugal living"
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"In europe I have been using the biodegradable, and they degrade do fast by the time you're at checkout you don't know where the bag is"
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"poop and pee and trash juice"
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Bag washing instructions: "you dump them in water with white vinegar. A week later it's still smiling!"
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European woman on a role. Woman gets out camera, points it at her. "No picture. My face belongs to me, sweetheart.
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"I understand the applause. But please, no applause"–board member in response to our response to the European messiah.
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"the responsible thing for the coop to do is to remove the temptation"
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Advice from somebody for no bag advocates: "come armed with a flier…or a reusable flier"
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Man raises hand (and bag) to speak on issue. Wonder what he thinks. http://t.co/OrNOEWKO
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Opposition beginning to organize. Arguing ban would punish ppl doing right thing. "you're not ordering takeout. You're going home to cook!"
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Opposition beginning to organize. Arguing ban would punish ppl doing right thing. "you're not ordering takeout. You're going home to cook!"
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@kimseverson tonight your former compatriots are out in force, the linchpins for the plastic bag ban. On the self-described "firing line"
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Suggestion that the plastic bag PSA be played on endless loop on monitors at checkout line, TSA security check-style.
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Clear sentiment emerging to pass the ban. But it'll have to wait until enviro committee hones proposal, brings back another month for vote.
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"If we were to frame this issue as 'we're giving away toxic sludge in the produce aisle' there really would be no discussion"
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Nuanced point of civil liberty implications of ban raised (by my roommate.)
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Nuanced point of civil liberty implications of ban raised (by my roommate.)
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"If you go to trader Joe's, that's how they do it." Boos from the crowd. "Terrible!"
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Plastic bag discussion now closed. Moving on now to whether all coop members should be required to shop with carts. (to prevent theft)
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In January, the coop had 14 shoplifters.
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Getting history lesson on coop theft history. At one point in 80s, someone installed in high chair to watch over cashiers. (no longer)
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"We had something called the no food zone." In a grocery store.
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2 hours after beginning of meeting, sign in book still making the round. Yes, it's in a composition notebook.
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"150 linear feet of vegetables. Most of which, organic. Just thrills me."
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"what if we need two personal carts? What if I shop at union market before? Will my shopping be monitored In a corner?"
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"I come from a country where thieves are rewarded for creativity"
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"I come from a country where thieves are rewarded for creativity"
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"My name is Steven FTOP." Everyone laughs. Inside jokes!
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Mandatory shopping cart usage far more controversial than plastic bag ban. Only at the coop.
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By the end, even the most hearty coop member goes supine. 15 mins left. http://t.co/WAiO885o
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New concerns about racial profiling being raised if we create a culture of "criminalization."
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Point of order for non members: reason why everyone still here because you have to sign in at beginning AND end of meeting. To prevent abuse
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Board of directors meeting now happening, inside of the general meeting. Escher in the house!
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Final segment of meeting is time for questions about meeting. Man asks question about whthr discussion should be for comments…or questions
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Now, finally, time for ride share announcement.
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"Meeting is adjourned." See you all next month for the Israel vote. (Or, rather the vote on whether to allow a vote)
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27 Comments / Post A Comment

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Ledrew (#654)

@Maura Johnston ECHONYC REPRESENT.

mishaps (#5,779)

@Maura Johnston KAAAAAAAAAAARPF

Emily (#20)

The best was definitely, DEFINITELY "corn production contributes to dead zone on ocean, so that's one thing to consider if we use corn bags"

zidaane (#373)

@Emily You are bat shit. It's this FOR SURE "Board of directors meeting now happening, inside of the general meeting. Escher in the house!"

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Bag washing instructions: "you dump them in water with white vinegar. A week later it's still smiling!"

Jolie bait.

deepomega (#1,720)

@boyofdestiny Ask A Person Who's Really Evangelical About CSAs

Barfield Cornfella (#222,100)

I wonder if there's any relation between Chadwick Maltin and Leonard Maltin?

Leon Tchotchke (#14,331)

150 Linear Feet of Vegetables is also Russell Crowe's new crustpunk side project.

Astigmatism (#1,950)

But was it a boy's hat/reusable produce bag?

As a Berkeley grad and Park Slope resident, this just warms my heart.

But not enough to join the coop.

Barfield Cornfella (#222,100)

@Clarence Rosario thank god. As A Less Self-Righteous Person than you, happy for you not to join.

@Barfield Cornfella I see the boycott of Self Awareness and Sense of Humor has begun.

hman (#53)

Coop gossip was more fun when it was more about whether or not someone saw Adrian Grenier working a shift.

MrZipZipZip (#222,134)

Shooting fish in a barrel, Chad? Fortunately the coop is equally accommodating to single-minded zealots and snarky little twits. It's in the mission statement.

riotnrrd (#840)

@MrZipZipZip Just because the fish are in a barrel, doesn't mean they don't deserve to be shot.

MrZipZipZip (#222,134)

@riotnrrd They don't deserve to be shot over and over. People have been making public fun of the coop for 40 years, usually because they think they have found something they can feel superior to. They make fun of the zealots (a significant percentage of those who attend General Meetings), and people who don't know any better come away with the impression that we're all a bunch of plastic-hating worm-composters.

Familymovienight (#223,116)

@MrZipZipZip Aren't you?

deepomega (#1,720)

"This! Is! What! Democracy! Looks like!"

Rollo (#3,202)

Thank you for this.

I cant wait for the Gowanus Whole Foods to open, i wont have to volunteer my time to work with d-bags to shop there. Also, if this place is so community friendly, how come i live in Park Slope and nobody has ever told me about it or where it is?

Flaneur (#998)

Makes me glad all over again that I no longer live in Park Slope. We weren't in the food coop when we were there, but we were in a childcare coop, which might have been worse.

growler (#476)

As long as it keeps the aisles of Key Food on Fifth clear of these idiots (which enhances my shopping experience), I have nothing at all bad to say about the Coop, and hope it lives 100 years more.

This is why I sweep floors for my coop shift. the key to loving that place is to steer clear of the loonies and just enjoy the cheap organic food. Quite easily, actually. But I guess it's even easier for the rest of you to overpay at whole foods and just laugh at us.

Debussy Fields (#9,962)

I love the coop.

SeanP (#4,058)

I learned something important from this whole thing: that I'm actually not all that interested in the governance of the Park Slope Food Co-op. I do commend the live-tweeter, though. I would have died of boredom long before the end.

I live a stone's throw from the co-op but have never even gone inside – it's enough to see the sanctimonious scowls of the make-up devoid women marching along with their boxes of un-bagged kale and organic turnips. Part of my revulsion is the way all their laws and requirements sound way too much like AA business meetings I've been to on the upper east side… not to name names.

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