New iPhone app lets people share their leftovers with strangers

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Back when George Costanza ate abandoned leftovers directly from the trash on Seinfeld, it was deemed disgusting. But now in 2013, there’s apparently an app for that.

It’s called “Leftover Swap,” a free iPhone app that let’s eaters trade or give swap their excess scraps, allowing them to upload photos of their leftovers to a database where it gets served up on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

“I think that’s awesome, it will save a lot of money for people I guess,” Jeremia Dominguez told PIX11 News, saying it could do wonders for those on a budget.

However, Roman Schutsman isn’t a fan, saying the idea is pretty nasty.

“Who the hell in their right mind would wanna eat after me,” he said. “You might as well go to the dumpster and find a meal.”

New Yorker Kim Sweet feels the same way.

“Its kinda like a strange dating service. Obviously it’s not, but it’s like we’re going to meet up and you’re going to eat my sandwich [with me].”

Despite what critics say, developers tell PIX11 News the app has gained a lot of attention. From office professionals to home cooks, they’re all using it.

“As much as there is a stigma with taking food from strangers, the technology and novelty helps bypass any traditional negative feelings,” Leftover Swap developer Dan Newman said. “And plus, isn’t Halloween just one big taking of food from strangers?”

Newman who developed the app with partner Bryan Summersett, stresses that the application’s primary purpose is to reduce world hunger by sharing meals — one neighbor at a time.