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Do you know what happens after the shutters come down on your favorite bakery? Well, all unsold bread may be resold the next day to prevent wastage but being savvy consumers like you and I, we normally prefer our buns oven-fresh.

Unsold buns may not be that saleable after a day or two so what do these proprietors do then to the rolls of bread if they are unsold? Well, most probably, these rolls of bread will be brought back to be consumed by them and their families but even then there must be a limit for them right? Who could, in their right mind, keep eating bread all the time! Chances are these buns and bread will end up in the bin.

Some of these proprietors turn their leftover buns into charity buns that bring lots of cheer for the less unfortunate. After the shutters are down, many of the workers, usually comprising family members, will then collect all the unsold goods and pack them nicely into bags.

Once the goods are loaded onto the vans, the drivers will drive to the various homes and orphanages where they will then leave a generous ration for the occupants to enjoy the next day. They will repeat this process, diligently distributing the goods throughout the night to those who are in need.

In times of recession, when many are tightening our belts voluntarily, we must also think about those whose belts are getting involuntarily tighter. In times of need, one should never be selfish and think of oneself all the time. Doing our part in helping others is a noble and charitable thing to do.

With each bun costing on average of $1.40, and trays and trays of them unsold, imagine how much money would have gone down the drain if all the buns are discarded. The wastage could potentially run into thousands of dollars.

To have a constant stream of philanthropists donating thousands of dollars in cash every month may seem illusionary. However, in terms of thousands of unsold bread, it is definitely possible. Yet, not many bakeries are doing it. Only a handful are mindful about this while others have yet to adopt this charitable way, with many saying that they refuse to be held responsible for any mishaps that might occur if one eats stale bread.

As consumers, what can we do to encourage our friendly bakery proprietors to go the extra mile? Talk to them and convince them. Tell them the happiness that they would be spreading. If they would eat the day-old bread themselves without any misgivings, then why wouldn't others?

     
  1. What do the proprietors normally do with their unsold bread ?
       
    (A) They are brought home by the proprietors or thrown away.
    (B) They are brought home by the proprietors to be consumed by themselves and their families.
    (C) They are resold as fresh bread.
    (D) They are repacked.
       
  2. According to the passage, why would many customers not buy leftover bread ?
       
    (A) They are bad for health.
    (B) They would rather have fresh bread.
    (C) They like bread that has been baked in the oven.
    (D) Leftover bread does not taste as nice.
       
  3. Who would gladly have the unsold bread ?
       
    (A) Their drivers that drive the delivery vans
    (B) The charity organisers
    (C) The orphanages and the homes
    (D) The customers that would come the next day
       
  4. In times of recession, what should we NOT do ?
       
    (A) Think of others
    (B) Think of ourselves all the time
    (C) Tighten our belts
    (D) Help others in need
       
  5. What is the main reason why many bread shop proprietors refuse to donate their unsold bread ?
       
    (A) They are not generous enough.
    (B) They do not have drivers to drive the bread around.
    (C) They are afraid that something might happen to those who eat the bread.
    (D) They are afraid that the bread will go stale.
       
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  Answers : 1B   2B   3C   4B   5C
 
 
 
 

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