Livestock or Food?

No matter how many times I’ve witnessed this before, it never gets old. While riding the #30 over the weekend, a passenger jumped on board with a bag full of groceries. Or so I thought. Turns out the passenger standing next to me had a hard time gripping her plastic bags. I thought nothing of it until whatever she had in that bag, tried to escape. Which of course, turned out to be a chicken. The question that always comes to this vegetarians mind is whether this the bird was going to be used for livestock (i.e. eggs) or as the main dish. Guess I’ll never know. Or perhaps I don’t want to know.

11 Comments so far

  1. tyler82 (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

    you HAVE to read this story.. found on the best of craigslist: http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/48689488.html

    Only in SF!


  2. jack (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

    I think you forgot that you are travelling thru SF china town; the chinese like fresh chicken meat!
    I sure taste good!!!:-) Too bad that you are vegetarian


  3. anna (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

    Say all you want about weird live things on buses, but I want to follow home that grandma and eat her cooking. nothing beats really fresh fish, or chicken for that matter.


  4. this charming man (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    just like borat on the nyc subway!


  5. Gurpal Dosanjh (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

    Tyler–So that is a true story–I thought that was an urban myth!


  6. Alice (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    Can you please, for the love of all that is holy and wonderful, stop perpetuating this incredibly racist fabrication? Jeezus.


  7. Meaty (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

    Why on earth would you be against fresh food. Even if you are a veg. And I totally agree that you used it in a racist way. Good luck out there in the real world.


  8. Asa (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 10:05 am

    Tyler – I first heard that Chinese woman/chicken story in the early 90′s, and have heard it repeated ever since then as having just happened. It’s an urban legend. I know you were just reposting it from CL or whatever, but I can’t believe it’s still being regarded as true.


  9. cd (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 10:19 am

    Well, that story is pretty dumb and probably embellished no small bit – but having lived by the Heart of the City Farmers’ Market for a year or so – where chickens were sold, live or freshly killed for you – I know that carting around chickens isn’t THAT strange a sight. As for the racial/ethnic demographic carting them – I never really paid much attention (usually I was too busy finding a way to walk around the smell of the chicken truck, which, no matter how tasty chicken is, is never pleasant).

    Frankly – I give a bit of credit to anyone who can handle killing his/her own food. As my bf’s sister said, she wouldn’t eat meat anymore since she new she couldn’t go out and kill it herself. Mainstream America is a bit too squeamish to really contemplate or participate in the source of their dinners. I know I am. Not that it stops me.


  10. Gurpal Dosanjh (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    To be clear, there is nothing wrong with fresh food. Its seeing a chicken on a bus instead of a farm or someones backyard that’s odd for me. Alice–thank you for confirming Tylers story IS an urban legend.


  11. tyler82 (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 1:25 am

    Decaf people decaf !!!



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