Companies based at Mercabarna, the Zona Franca wholesale market, have doubled the amount of unsellable food donated to the Banc dels Aliments de Barcelona, a food bank that distributes items to people in need through 300 other entities (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The organisation forecasts that it will help almost 80,000 people this year, when requests for food have already gone up by 37 percent. The Mercabarna wholesalers responded to an information campaign that the Banc dels Aliments carried out in the middle of May; as a result, 145 of those who work out of the market (around 84 percent) are now donating more than 20,000 tonnes of food a week. The food donated is edible but not good for selling because it is close to its sell-by date, has the wrong labelling or has been damaged in some way during transportation.
The Culture Ministry of the Generalitat, together with the Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) is going to review the current qualification system that determines which films are suitable for which age groups (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). In contrast to some countries, where the age qualification means that children below the relevant age are not allowed into the cinema, here the qualifications are purely indicative (except in the case of adult film screenings). Instead, cinemas have to advise the public about what qualification a film has been given by the ICAA; if it doesn't do that, it can be subject to penalisation.
Three robbers who tricked old people by pretending that they had a mark on their clothes so that they could steal recently-withdrawn money were arrested last week, according to the Mossos d'Esquadra (article in Catalan, Avui). Using a method that has become common amongst tricksters in Barcelona, the woman and two men would identify an elderly person who had recently withdrawn money from a cash machine, then throw something on them so that the clothes of the potential victim would get dirty; one or more of the complices could then pretend to help clean it up while stealing the person's money. The accused are believed to have carried out their crime in various Catalan towns including Vic and Lleida as well as Barcelona, where they were finally arrested.