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Peace, joy and a pumpkin pie in the face

Posted: December 25, 2012 - 8:21pm  |  Updated: December 26, 2012 - 9:14am
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Celeste Cannon, co-owner of Charlotte's Restaurant, searches for food-fighters who have yet to be hit during a women versus men match in the restaurant parking lot Tuesday December 25, 2012 in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Celeste Cannon, co-owner of Charlotte's Restaurant, searches for food-fighters who have yet to be hit during a women versus men match in the restaurant parking lot Tuesday December 25, 2012 in Kenai, Alaska.

Shelby Gray had potatoes and pumpkin pie clumped in her hair, two minutes into the game.

The 21-year-old from Kenai did not stick around for the fight and instead screamed, ran and hid behind a snowbank and a stack of pallets in the Charlotte’s restaurant parking lot in Kenai.

Gray and about 15 other people stood in the restaurant parking lot watching a food fight unfold after a day of Christmas celebration Tuesday in Kenai.

At 4:30 p.m., just as the sun was setting on the horizon, 10 people filed out of the restaurant wearing black plastic bags and carrying aluminum pie pans; each filled with pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes.

The teams split into two, men versus women, and after a few seconds of eyeing each other, the game began.

Celeste Cannon, co-owner of Charlotte’s, stayed in front of the pack for most of the game, laughing and chasing people who had escaped being hit by flying food.

“I was scared for the first pie, but as soon as the first pie hit me, it was on,” Cannon said. “It was going to get dirty either way and I was ready for it.”

Her son, Tyler Cannon, 19, was less enthused than his mother for the fight, but thought the boys team had clearly won the war.

“Hands down,” he said.

The boys had a strategy, go for the face. The women did not have a strategy, but as the group gathered in the restaurant after; the women argued they had clearly won because a woman was the ‘last one standing.’

Ericka Reynolds, 18, said the whole concept was fun.

“It was just exciting to throw food at each other,” she said. “Like when you were a little kid and you threw food at each other at school.”

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Norseman
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Norseman 12/26/12 - 12:43 pm
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and to think that pumpkins

and to think that pumpkins and potatoes gave up there lives for this.......

Media Critic
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Media Critic 12/26/12 - 01:07 pm
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Huh???

If there was a point, it's not obvious here.

msjinxie
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msjinxie 12/27/12 - 04:29 am
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What a waste of precious food

I get the idea of doing something unconventional and fun. However, when there are more people NEEDING food here in this town, this seems like thumbing a nose at it. Can we waste something NOT food related?? Please? The hundreds of our less fortunate neighbors need it. Thanks.

Norseman
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Norseman 12/27/12 - 07:38 am
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Whoever thought this was a

Whoever thought this was a wise business decision is sorely wrong. If this business can afford to throw away food, then they should be able to lower their prices a little bit.
Or instead, give their employees a small bonus.

Fun and entertainment could have been had by SERVING this food to others instead of wasting it.

Having grown up on a farm and working on them later in life, I know first hand at how much work goes into putting food on the table. It irks me to see any food go to waste. This was a poor business decision and I for one won't be eating there again.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 12/27/12 - 07:39 am
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NOW, NOW!!

Don't be judgemental of others rights to HAVE IT THEIR WAY.
As i look back on my history, i too have done the very same things at differant stages of my life without any thought of starving people that could use that food. IGA still has hams on sale for $24.99 and you get a free turkey , dozen eggs and lb of bacon when you buy a ham. So if ya want to really help feed folks, do without a few special coffies laytaeees(how ever you spell them) and go buy some food for the needy, not the greedy.
The things the local paper comes up with as news of importance, amazes many i'm sure. They didn't break or chip any windshields did they while they was a slingin food.
We all do silly stuff that makes others scratch their heads and say WHAT THE. The boys biscuit didn't get done, and her butter has slipped of the top a little, but, their HAVING IT THEIR WAY and thats all that really matters, now ain't it??
YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP FOLKS, IT'S REALITY.

motely
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motely 12/28/12 - 08:33 am
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someone always complains msjinxie

Most less fortunate housed in kenai, are there for the free ride yes the free ride ! FACT and if you notice when driving by that development you will see as you say the less fortunate peoples smoking $ 8.00 a pack cigs, and then on the 1st you'll see em all at walmart spending there food stamps on the very best sea food and meat products, THAT WE AS TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR !! HELLOOOOOOOOO
I once needed a hand do too a tumor they had found and removed and yes we had a few of our children at that time, and we're very thankful for the resource, and moved on
But most less fortunate peoples housed at this particular facility are there for the ride and we are paying for it.
Commenting on a Cafe thats throwing pies at one another and commenting on food wasted is really a punch in the head ! Look at whats really happening with all the enabling going on in kenai with those less fortunate as you say peoples, before commenting on peoples having a little fun with a $ 10.00 50lb sack of potatoes made into pies,
How about waking up at an early hour not 10 or 11:00 am and look for gainful employment and take care of there families ( be proud )

radiokenai
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radiokenai 12/28/12 - 09:27 am
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msjinksi
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The food is not wasted, I am sure the ladies who gathered to celebrate would be more than happy to allow you to pick up the scraps. In fact, the Food Bank is also open to you, should you need another free meal.

Maybe if you gain employment, as Motely so comments, you too could enjoy festivities and celebrations instead of whining and complaining about other peoples happiness.

So put down the bong, wake up a little earlier and get a job..

Oh ya, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

OOOPS, I just spilled some of my drink! You are welcome to come over and clean it up too!!

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 12/28/12 - 06:16 pm
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Get over it! Please

Folks, To complain about this food being wasted is a total waste to time. The owner of this cafe had their reasons for doing this most likely as a reward for the staffers for doing a super job for the last year and to give them all something to talk about and enhance their morale for the coming year. Let's also face it our country has become populated with a whole generation who thinks it is there "job" to collect benefits off of the taxpayers.

Life is full of choices and you have to life with the results of them until you decide to make a change and as long as they are getting stuff for free they will continue along that path and expect more and more all of the time.

gg
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gg 12/29/12 - 12:21 am
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Woot Woot!!!

So glad you all let your hair down and did something we all wanted to do as kids!!!! You guys ROCK!!!!!

motely
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motely 12/29/12 - 01:12 am
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GG

I agree, Right on !! let the welfare recipients seek employment and take care of there own families, prior comment why waste food when theres families starving ! I've heard it all !
thumbs up CAFE great moral, I would love to throw a pie or two maybe even bake a few for yah !! good job

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 12/31/12 - 10:38 am
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Be TRUTHFUL

You know as well as i do that there are some that you would just love to have the opportunity to smash a pie in their faces to releave some stress build up. I know for certain that i'm probably one of those that would get smashed, so i'll be honest, there are some of you that i'd love to smash as well.
Better with a pie than something else i say.
Have a GR8 New Year and remember WHO really loves you.

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