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Jan 3, 2014 09:00 AM

Receiving expired food as a gift

My sister owns a food distributorship. For Christmas, she starting wrapping expired cookies and passing them out as gifts. We didn't say anything, just threw them away. One year she took them out of the box and put them on plates and distributed them. The problem is, now we couldn't see how old they were. Also, I wondered if they were already opened and perhaps used as store samples. I would appreciate hearing how this should be handled.

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  1. Not that there is anything wrong with the cookies, but that's a really cheap move by your sister. Re-gift them to her at easter.

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    1. re: Bkeats

      'Re-gift them to her at Easter.' HAW! They will soon be like the Eternal Fruitcake.

      1. Neighbor got into an argument with a soon to be former girlfriend

        He told her, you are dead to me

        Seems a good way to finalize things

        Tell your sister if she continues to upset you, "you are dead to me"

        That should stop the cookies

        1. Welcome to CH!

          How old are we talking? Cookies can stay fresh WAY past the expiration date, which is often really a sell by date. A few weeks, even a month seems fine to me.

          I do think its odd she wrapped them as gifts and didn't just say "hey these were just going to be thrown away since we can't sell them. Do you guys want them?"

          If they are 6 months to year old I know that with my sister I could have just tossed them back at her, laughed and said are you kidding me? And we would have both had a good laugh.

          In terms of thinking your sister is actually giving you opened packaged of store samples? I think that speaks more of your relationship if you cant have an honest conversation with her. Sounds like there might be trust issues. What do your siblings/parents/family members think?

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          1. re: foodieX2

            I appreciate your response. Yes, I think you are on to something with the trust issue. Probably, we need to work on that. thank you!

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            1. This is like something from an episode of "Extreme Cheapskates". If she wants to eat them or bring them home for her own family to eat, fine, but to wrap expired overstock cookies and give them as a gift? The height of stinginess. I would continue to thank her politely and throw them out. And, I would certainly not break the bank buying her gifts! Out of curiosity, what kind of cookie are these? A regular supermarket brand?

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              1. re: Kat

                Yes, regular supermarlet brand. Thank you for your reply!

                1. re: kdd452

                  It is bad enough to give someone regular supermarket cookies as a wrapped gift for Christmas, but expired supermarket cookies that you couldn't sell??? Forget what I said about tossing them. I love the above regifting idea for Easter!

                  1. re: kdd452

                    Nothing says love like a packet of expired Keebler!

                  2. re: Kat

                    Sounds to me like it could be an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" where Larry David accidently witnessed the re-wrapping of the cookies. He knows they are way over expired and has to eat one in front of the giver. Ha!!!