Skip to comments.Minnesota soda shop rebuked for stocking candy smokes
Posted on 12/27/2012 2:15:37 AM PST by Olog-hai
Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.
City inspectors threatened a misdemeanor citation and $500 fine if Lyndens soda fountain is caught selling the fake smokes again. The Star Tribune reported Wednesday that the offering violated an ordinance barring the sale of candy smokes and cartoon character lighters.
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I suppose it was the forerunnert of the 7/11 type operations.
The old lady that owned it was Mae West (anyway, that's what we called her .. I was in kindergarten .. ((PS .. we walked to school, even as a kindergatener then(( .. )
Mae West's was the most fascinating candy counter on the planet.
There were a million kinds of penny candy all colorfully on display and I'll never forget the time I spent my milk money on penny candy.
The next week I didn't get any milk and my teacher called for my brother who was in the 5th or 6th grade to find out why I didn't pay for my milk last week.
I forget all of how it went, but I remember my mother whipping me and I remember her saying, "That damned Mae West"
Anyway, candy cigarettes were a very popular item ... right next to nickle pops .. those wax coke bottles with about 5 drops of sugar water in them
Damn ... I think I'm gonn'a cry ...
Funny thing, there's a box of candy cigs on the table where I am typing....my GD bought them over the summer during a trip to Maine just for fun. I must be a bad, bad gram. This little shop that was cited, should try to market *e*-candy cigarettes.
Wonder how many kids who bought rock candy became druggies?
This from the country who is stocking children’s school bathrooms with condoms.
I remember a place just like this one, don't know if it had an official name, but all the kids called it "Joe's". I liked those paper strips with rows of candy dots that you peeled off and ate, always getting some of the paper as well. It's a wonder I'm still alive.and never got cancer from the candy cigarettes.
I remember it! Loved the stuff.
We used to make our own at home, too.
Mom, dad, I had sex with fifty guys and was able to make use of those condoms from school - some of them were over the age of thirty- I have had two abortions and didn’t know who the fathers were but it was probably some of the guys who looks like dad’s age. Planned parenthood said it was ok and all, age didn’t matter. Heck, they even said they can make it so I NEVER get pregnant and there is not a thing you can do about it.
But at least I don’t smoke.
So little time! So many businesses to regulate!
Heavenly Father, save us from the fury of the do-gooders!
When candy cigs are outlawed, only outlaws with finger guns will have candy cigs...
LOL...great memories. Thanks for sharing!
Yeah, the pusher always gives free fixes to the kids!
He paid me a "penny a nail" and (amazingly) there were ALWAYS nails...no matter how thoroughly I had looked the previous week...LOL!
Anyway, I would then take my 15-20 cents, and walk by myself the three blocks to the grocer (who was a family friend). I could certainly add quite well by then, but Mr. K didn't have prices marked on the counter candies; let's just say I ended up with a bit more than I could have normally afforded. I always walked out of there with a large bag of candy, and a bottle of Orange or Strawberry Crush.
My Grandpa passed away when I was six...had he not, I suspect I would have been finding those nails for years!
as a kid in the Bronx, we went down to see Artie and his Brother(forgot his name) down at Garber’s candy store on Middletown Road (they being only Jews I knew in this Irish/Italian neighborhood).
it was said one or both were Auschwitz survivors and one had a thumb missing(which led to more questioning as to the possibilities of it being removed by a Mengele type Nazi doctor). We bought from them those candy cigarettes...in all possible types of candy...also little wax soda looking bottles with some syrupy liquid...and as someone mentioned, Dots, liquorish etc.
you could get an egg cream(which contained exactly NO eggs) or a malted at the counter and a plethora of toys and comic books all crammed into a tiny little store.
we pretended to smoke the candy cigarettes...then summarily ate them. I started smoking real cigarettes at 13...but did not buy them at Garber’s as they knew my parents and I would have got ‘moidered’, by my father. I quit smoking on my own at age 27, without government intervention.
You have to wonder, though, did all those “penny candy” dealers get kickbacks from the local dentists?
Water, a lot of sugar, a nut tied to the end of a string.
Later that month, I showed her how to color a flower with food coloriung in the water.
These “inspectors” just make the law up as they go along? I’d just shut the store down and say, “Now try collecting any taxes from this place...see if zero helps you out and pays your salary.”
Nope ... they’ll be expelled from 1st grade before they ever get to be gangsta’s.
tell me about it....at age 16 the dentist filled 32 cavities with that nice mercury filling...I only had 28 teeth.
This is what happens when your city council is all democraps,
“We’ve already gone off the common-sense cliff.”
Indeed we have.
All the while, you can buy crack or Heroin on every street corner. What a world, huh?
Wait wait wait you’re Saying an Outfit That Elected Jesse, goorbener is Wack?
Imho, the nuts in Minnesota (a subset of the population) ought to be left as a topping for sundaes, not put in political office, but it is their State, not mine.
We could afford dental care when I was a kid, but Novocaine wasn't in the budget. We brushed, and if we ever got lax, the drill and fill was a poignant reminder to be more diligent.
City inspectors justifying their existence at the expense of little kids.
Same with my brother and I. Never have and won’t. “smoked” the candy for years.
We had a place “Riddles” run by Mrs. Riddle. She was the meanest woman on the planet, but her little store was across from my elementary school ( I lived across the street from school & went home for lunch)& it was filled w/ every candy treasure & icecream! She must have made a fortune off us kids. We were terrified of her, but greediness for her goods kept us coming back.
She found out who my grandmother was & then she was pretty nice to me. I have really fond memories of that place & time. It was so innocent. I also loved the candy dots on the strip of paper. My husband loves BB bats & I will ocasionally buy him the little .59 cent bag.
That’s the neat thing about grandfathers. My screen just got blurry.
Amazing how you managed to survive all that sugar and roaming the neighborhood by yourself without worry. Those were the days.
Nanny State PING!
Nanny State PING!
Sounds like a great project while I have GD for this vacation time. :) Thanks...I had forgotten...this joy from youth. :)
Yep there are a passel of liberal swedes up there .....who backed the wrestler. I remember watching tv one night after he got in and there he was waltzin’ around in a ring in a boa.....hahaha..omg
Well, if you did, it would of course be candy cancer.
Nickle pops? I forgot about those.....
I grew up on a farm in MN and every Friday night during the summer we would go into town and my parents would give me a quarter to spend and I remember getting a bag full of candy. Sometimes that would include candy cigs. or cigars that were usually a pastel color.....
I had the best childhood.....
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LOL.....you must be an english teacher.......
I also go back to the no Novocaine for fillings days.
I still remember the dread when the dentist stopped to change to a finer drill.
Oh. My. God.
Thanks for the ping!
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