I Didn’t Pay, I’m Not Sorry and I Don’t Care What You Think

This steer doesn't want to pay for lunch.  Do you think that's fair?
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but don’t tell that to the steer who’s making us wait our turn at a popular farm stand in Vernon, Vermont.  He doesn’t seem to care that we’re having to wait.  I bet he didn’t pay either.  Photo credit:  Martin via Annette and Maddy.

If I was a cow and you gave me a choice of where I could live, I’d seriously consider Vermont.  Wouldn’t you?  I mean, you’d think this guy has it pretty sweet… rolling pastures with a brook running between them, expansive views of the Connecticut River, lush meadows with an endless supply of green grass to feast on.  What more could a steer ask for?

But you know what they say about the other side of the fence.  For this poor guy, it’s a farm stand full of freshly picked corn, squash, tomatoes and other succulent veggies.  It stands there all day long, fully stocked– and abundantly available with nothing in between but a barbed wire fence and an honor system.

Can you imagine the frustration?  I don’t know if I could live like that.  There’s not much else to do that might provide a distraction either.  A couple times a day a train goes by.  Once or twice a week the Cabot truck comes to get milk from the holsteins across the street but other than that, it’s pretty quiet in Vernon, Vermont.

So I think everyone in town cheered this guy on when he finally made his move.  Who could blame him?  I hope he had plenty of time to indulge before anyone noticed.  I don’t know what the eventual consequences were, but from the looks of things it really didn’t matter much to him.

Like this post if you think this steer should eat for free.


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Peggy Farabaugh

She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

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