In ‘The Missing Profits’, we have side bar titled ‘Breadwatch’. It is one of the finest masterpieces created for Food Waste Republic. One night after our failed attempt in documenting food wastage in buffets (we wanted to snoop buffet patrons over piling their plates but photography was banned in Kuishin Bo), Estelle and I wanted to catch bakery staff throwing away unsold bread.
At closing time, we loitered around the bakery and tried to snap shots of them throwing away bread. Bwah!!! Most of the shots were badly taken because of the lighting and the espionage nature of it. Besides, the bakery staff surreptitiously brought trays of bread to the kitchen and dumped it in the black trash bag.
Honestly, I wished Estelle and I were armed with secret spy cams at that point of time so that we could blend in with the crowd and look less suspicious. Barely after taking a few shots, we were CAUGHT by the bakery staff who insisted that we should stop taking photos.
As usual, Estelle and I would try to look pitiful and harmless and explain to them we’re doing this for our school project, which is technically true. While Estelle tried negotiating with the bakery staff, I brazenly carried on filming with my camera, despite being warned and scolded by the staff.
Surplus bread being discarded at the end of the day by a bakery at Sembawang.