Dear Editor,

I find the articles in your magazine regarding grease theft quite entertaining. The articles seem to portray a masked marauder stealing this precious liquid under the cover of darkness. Can’t the people reading this press as well as the renderers and legitimate grease haulers see the real picture? Is this just a dog and pony show or what?

I can’t count on all my fingers and toes combined the incidents that I personally witnessed regarding grease theft. My question to the folks complaining about the theft is this: How do they know that the grease has been stolen by a grease thief?

There are so many “programs” that go on in this business, I fail to believe that grease collectors of all types turn their heads but at the same time cry wolf. So who is policing the grease receptacle? Is it the kid in the blue paper hat or the manager with the red paper hat? Most store owners haven’t a clue of the destination of their grease, they just want it gone, bottom line! In broad daylight a driver shows up to make a collection. If nobody sees him, he picks the juice up and goes. If he should be challenged, a $20 bill will remedy the situation. You get there and your grease is gone. Did the guy steal it or did he buy it? You don’t think a kid that makes minimum wage will jump at $20 for 10 minutes? He might loose his job, big deal; he goes across the street to another store.

Your driver reports that he is making stops and somebody has already been there. How do you know his statements are valid? Are your supervisors checking every call to verify the information? I say most likely not, they just chalk it up as theft during the night. Well here’s a real eye opener: your theft is possibly the product of your own source. Don’t act surprised. Every company in California has popped a corrupt driver more than once. I have even known a scam where the person taking call-ins would call another hauler and get a piece of the action. One better than that, two drivers unloading their trucks at a location other than the company they worked for! Or how’s bout a route supervisor that had barrels of grease stored in his garage. I could go on and on and I’m sure that more incidents could be added by every company that’s complaining about theft.

Do you really think that the police are going to spend nighttime hours watching for theft? Really now, do you? Or what about the field investigators? Do you think that they are going to stake out an area after dark on weekends? Not likely, in my opinion. Laws and new legislation are paid lip service. What is needed is a remedy that is more than smoke and mirrors. Don’t count on government officials for any real help. In case you haven’t heard, California is broke. How high on the priority list can grease theft be in a state that’s bankrupt? Get a clue folks. You need to get full-time employees or hire an outside service that knows the business if you really want to curb this activity.

If you really want to get serious about your theft problem, drop me a note!


Editor’s Note – The letter writer preferred not to provide his name or location, but did state his/her company works in the field of grease collection (but is not a hauler or processor), account retention, supplier acquisition, fraud, and theft.

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