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Merchant agrees to candy ban - Inside Bay Area
The Oakland Tribune / insidebayarea.com ^ | Posted: 09/03/2009 04:21:38 PM PDT | By Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice

Posted on 09/05/2009 10:35:34 AM PDT by thecodont

A Berkeley store owner has agreed to stop selling candy bars and sodas to middle school students who come to his store for a morning fix in a move school officials say is a first in the city.

That means students seeking Snickers, Twix or Coca-Cola will be out of luck from 8 to 9 a.m. before they start their day at Longfellow Middle School.

Friendly Market owner Yaser Musid, who has five kids of his own, said he will lose up to $100 a day in the deal. But he agreed with school counselor Rosina Keren that keeping junk food away from kids before school is a good idea.

Keren said the ban on snack sales for just one hour of the day is the most any store owner has agreed to in Berkeley.

Musid said he will offer more fruits and granola bars during that time instead.

Keren made the announcement to sixth graders Thursday morning during a school assembly.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: berkeley; candy; education; health; junkfood
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Are they doing this for health or to help modify behavior problems? This was unheard of when I was a middle-school student.
1 posted on 09/05/2009 10:35:35 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont
Being the entrepreneur that I am, I'd set up a little candy, soda and snack wagon right next door to him and sell as much legal merchandise as I could.
2 posted on 09/05/2009 10:38:01 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: thecodont
Folks, this is just the beginning.
3 posted on 09/05/2009 10:38:08 AM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: paul51

Yeah, I would have been the kids who had the black-market business in-school selling it.


4 posted on 09/05/2009 10:38:53 AM PDT by conservative cat (America, you have been PWNED!)
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To: thecodont

I never went to middle school.


5 posted on 09/05/2009 10:39:16 AM PDT by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: thecodont

“It’s for the children” *rolls eyes*


6 posted on 09/05/2009 10:39:33 AM PDT by Sister_T
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To: thecodont

We had this same problem 35 years ago when the Jr. High School convinced the adjacent 7-11 not to admit students prior to school opening. We circumvented the problem by raiding the candy machines in a nearby apartment complex.


7 posted on 09/05/2009 10:40:54 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: paul51
Being the entrepreneur that I am, I'd set up a little candy, soda and snack wagon right next door to him and sell as much legal merchandise as I could.

Bingo! Excellent idea -- you'd need to watch out for the city's licensing system for street vendors though.

8 posted on 09/05/2009 10:41:23 AM PDT by Bob
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To: thecodont

owner yasur mesud....Islam in action.


9 posted on 09/05/2009 10:44:40 AM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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To: Freddd

Someone else needs to open a store there, advertising candy bars and soda’s right next to him!


10 posted on 09/05/2009 10:45:24 AM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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To: conservative cat

“Yeah, I would have been the kids who had the black-market business in-school selling it.”

I got busted in the 3th grade for selling cinnamon oil toothpicks for nickle apiece in school. Stinking Principal called my mother and reported my unsanctioned business and informed her of my $3 profit.


11 posted on 09/05/2009 10:45:45 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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Musid said he will offer more fruits and granola bars during that time instead.

On one hand... I believe it is our own responsibility to take care of ourselves... on the other hand... fruit roll ups and granola bars aren't any better than candy bars... we truly have inmates running the asylum...

12 posted on 09/05/2009 10:45:51 AM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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To: thecodont
students seeking Snickers, Twix or Coca-Cola will be out of luck from 8 to 9 a.m. before they start their day at Longfellow Middle School.

From the school's Web site (http://www.berkeley.net/longfellow/):

"Longfellow students enjoy the benefits of cooking and gardening instructors as well as enhanced nutrition education in both science and physical education classes. Students also participate in cooking and gardening in the after-school program. Longfellow was the pilot site for the well-received International Marketplace where students choose from over 15 different entrees and have a free trip to the salad bar."

Apparently, not all the kids like the 15 different entrees and the salad bar... (What's with all the entrees, anyway?)

13 posted on 09/05/2009 10:46:37 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: paul51

You need to store it all in a trench coat and say, “Psst, hey kid!” on the street corner.


14 posted on 09/05/2009 10:47:28 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: thecodont

LOL - I was a kid which was willing to sell, for a steep profit, surplus candy that I had purchased for my own consumption. A couple of the kids parents even complained to my father, who forgot to tell me until I was about 30.

Worked out well for me - because I was willing to walk to the store, buy candy with my money, transport it and then resell it, I was able to get my candy at no cost. The lazy kids who wouldn’t walk to the store, but were willing to pay high prices could then elect to do so.

No real difference from adults.


15 posted on 09/05/2009 10:54:32 AM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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“Musid said he will offer more fruits and granola bars during that time instead.”

Why? Berkeley schools serve breakfast that includes that stuff:

http://www.berkeley.net/uploads/nutrition/Middle%20School%20Breakfast_2007-08.pdf


16 posted on 09/05/2009 10:57:37 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: thecodont
Yaser Musid, who has five kids of his own, said he will lose up to $100 a day in the deal.

I do not believe that number for minute.

17 posted on 09/05/2009 10:58:08 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Where are are we going and how did I get in this hand basket?)
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To: thecodont

The granola bars are just candy bars with oats in there.


18 posted on 09/05/2009 10:59:19 AM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Rebelbase

Cinnamon oil toothpicks - that used to be a rite of grade school like shooting marbles in the springtime. Thanks for the reminder.


19 posted on 09/05/2009 10:59:52 AM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a dog.)
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To: thecodont
No nanny state when I was growing up neither...I had to walk 3 blocks to catch the bus when I was going to high school...I would leave home a little early, stop at the coffee shop a few doors from the bus stop, get a cup of coffee, chocolate covered donut and have a cigarette...I was there so often when the guy saw me come in the coffee and donut just appeared on the table along with an ash tray...No smoking Nazi’s either....And I have lived 7 decades, still love my coffee, chocolate covered donuts and morning smoke...I feel sorry for the kids of today...they are living in an almost free country...
20 posted on 09/05/2009 11:01:06 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Uncle Hal

More evidence for what David Horowitz pointed out on Beck the other day. Liberals are only liberal about sex and drugs. On everything else, they want to control your life.


21 posted on 09/05/2009 11:01:10 AM PDT by freespirited (The only thing growing faster than the deficit is Chris Matthews' man crush on Obama -- Tim Pawlenty)
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To: thecodont

When I was in middle school, my uncle took my cousins and I to a donut shop before school. We didn’t pick out the plain donuts, if you no what I mean. LOL!!! According to the article, it seems that this “counselor” has forced her “views” on the students, who are purchasing things they like during their time off campus. It doesn’t seem that the city made it mandatory of all the stores. If the parents agree with this so much, maybe they shouldn’t give their children money when they go to school. They can have pre purchased lunch tickets for school. Oh vey!!!


22 posted on 09/05/2009 11:02:30 AM PDT by Stayingawayfromthedarkside
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To: thecodont
When the democrats first proposed huge tax increases on cigarettes, large numbers of the public shrugged off the idea that it was just the camels nose under the tent. In fact, their longer term plan was obvious from the fact that they constantly cited their own desire to have the number of smokers decrease, while at the same time projecting and spending tax increase well into the future.

Now, with cigarette consumption falling faster than the taxes on cigarettes are climbing, it's time for the democrat health “experts” (as expert as Al Gore perhaps?) to insist that we tax a wide variety of things they insist are harmful. The truth of the matter is, they want to rationalize their spending like drunken madmen, not reduce the consumption of such things as sodas. When soda taxes are insufficient, then tax beef, or eggs, or better yet, tax the exhaling of carbon.

Whenever a democrat wants to reduce a specific behavior, they say they can tax that behavior in order for it to be reduced. Whenever a democrat wants to encourage a specific behavior, they say that they can tax that behavior in order to insure it keeps growing.

Buy a clue, these are people who only want to reduce the citizens of this republic to the status of slaves and they've had that same, single, goal ever since they seceded from the union in an attempt to keep their slaves.

Regards

23 posted on 09/05/2009 11:03:36 AM PDT by Rashputin (blif)
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To: thecodont
Pretty much BS and a pointed attempt to exercise naked control over other people's children. Whoever this moron woman is she should be keelhauled.
24 posted on 09/05/2009 11:05:58 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: freespirited

Yes, they want to control all other things—like how early your children can start indulging in sex and drugs (with adults, of course).

I know how these people think. What you’ll eventually get is a latter day Sodom and Gomorrah, or a typical San Francisco street fair.


25 posted on 09/05/2009 11:07:45 AM PDT by yellow rubber ducky (One day I realized I am living in Bizarro world.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Why the 1% milk? Children’s brains need good fat.


26 posted on 09/05/2009 11:07:51 AM PDT by Bronzy
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.............said he will lose up to $100 a day

His decision is self-punishing. That's justice.

27 posted on 09/05/2009 11:08:00 AM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, passport, and school records.)
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To: thecodont

Cartman: Hey, Chad, you know what you need? You need a friend.

Chad: I’d, I do?

Cartman: Yes. A chocolate friend. Mr. Candy Bar doesn’t judge you, Chad. Mr. Candy Bar likes you just the way you are. Look at how yummy and sweet he is. There you go. That’ll just be four dollars. There you go.


28 posted on 09/05/2009 11:09:01 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: thecodont

Candy sales are a major fundraiser for schools in my area.

I wonder how much of this has to do with the kid’s health, and how much has to do with the store competing with the school’s organizations candy sales?


29 posted on 09/05/2009 11:22:34 AM PDT by Brookhaven (http://theconservativehand.blogspot.com/)
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To: Rebelbase

I got busted in the 3th grade for selling cinnamon oil toothpicks for nickle apiece in school.


What killed my cinnamon toothpick business in elementary school was the Principal announcing at an assembly that you would get brain cancer from them...even just one. After the assembly the school staff retreated to their lounge for a relaxing smoke.


30 posted on 09/05/2009 11:26:18 AM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Most likely hamas will be the looser.:-))


31 posted on 09/05/2009 11:27:33 AM PDT by QQQQ
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To: thecodont

Since when does a State Employee, (in this case a “School Counselor”) have any authority whatsoever to request any business to restrict their sales for any reason?

I realize this is the People’s Republic of Berkeley were talking about here, but there are legal limits on what they can do as well.


32 posted on 09/05/2009 11:28:05 AM PDT by Bean Counter (No, I am Jim Thompson!!)
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To: Rebelbase

I remember those... and the kids dealing the Now & Later’s candies.


33 posted on 09/05/2009 11:28:56 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: thecodont
A Berkeley store owner has agreed to stop selling candy bars and sodas to middle school students who come to his store for a morning fix in a move school officials say is a first in the city.

So when are the schools going to stop feeding the students minds with candy ideas from the propaganda of the socialist Left?

34 posted on 09/05/2009 11:36:24 AM PDT by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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We drank lots of hot chocolate and ate sugar ridden cereal before we went to school. After school we grabbed a peanut butter and jelly sandwitch and took to our bikes looking for the nearest baseball or football game. Anyone stopping their car and asking, “Hey kid, want some candy?” would be met with a rock in the teeth. Whether swinging on a rope or climbing trees, we played until our moms called us home for dinner.

We gulped our dinners down so that there was more time to play before dark. We always got plenty of sleep because bedtime was at 9:00 o'clock.

Today's kids don't play outside. They are worried about the boogieman who stops their car and asks, “Hey kid, want some candy?” Today's kids wouldn't know what it means to throw a rock—with accuracy (we even made up our own slings!). Today's kids sit in their fortresses with artificial entertainment and snacks to take away the boredom. And many stay up way past 9:00 o'clock. That is a recipe for weight gain. However, it is a symptom of a society that has taken the kid out of the outdoors. It is a symptom of a society that wants too much control and the kid is an easy mark because they can be manipulated by fears of boogiemen.

35 posted on 09/05/2009 11:37:12 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The Obama Administration is a blueprint for Fabian Socialism.)
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To: conservative cat

As a 14 year old, I was quite the entrepreneur. I carried a briefcase and sold candy at school. Bought it for a nickel and sold for 10 cents.


36 posted on 09/05/2009 11:37:32 AM PDT by packrat35 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.- M Thatcher)
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To: Bean Counter
Just a guess here, but there was probably a thinly veiled threat of a boycott behind her discussion with him. Remember, he did this voluntarily. Much like Budweiser, "voluntarily" awarded a very lucrative beer distributorship to Jesse Jackson s kid.
38 posted on 09/05/2009 11:46:33 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Where are are we going and how did I get in this hand basket?)
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Berkeley, huh....OK so you’re saying that the city of kids who took over the campus and view dropping acid as some kind of RIGHT are now all grown up, and now deny their kids CANDY.

RIGHT?

“When you’re kind to the cruel, the next thing is being cruel to the kind..”


39 posted on 09/05/2009 11:49:49 AM PDT by gaijin
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So when are the schools going to stop feeding the students minds with candy ideas from the propaganda of the socialist Left?

Next thing you know, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be a banned book!

40 posted on 09/05/2009 11:55:21 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: freespirited
More evidence for what David Horowitz pointed out on Beck the other day. Liberals are only liberal about sex and drugs. On everything else, they want to control your life

If we give it a moment's thought we have an upside-the-head-smacking moment and say "that's absolutely correct! Why didn't I notice this before?"

41 posted on 09/05/2009 11:55:30 AM PDT by phredo53 (Politicians, like diapers, should be changed often and for the same reason.)
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To: thecodont
San Fran: No candy, but all the sodomy, drugs, martinis, and prostitutes you want.
42 posted on 09/05/2009 11:57:04 AM PDT by Vision (Jesus- "Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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43 posted on 09/05/2009 11:57:54 AM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: thecodont
Yaser Musid agreed to sell only granola. Ya, right. Anyone hear of taqiyya? Someone should do a little investigative reporting, go undercover as a kid, and see how much candy this nice man will sell you.
44 posted on 09/05/2009 11:58:08 AM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: thecodont

So, they’ll get it somewhere else or they’ll get it and eat it before school. So what???????????????


45 posted on 09/05/2009 12:00:12 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: phredo53
More evidence for what David Horowitz pointed out on Beck the other day. Liberals are only liberal about sex and drugs. On everything else, they want to control your life. ... If we give it a moment's thought we have an upside-the-head-smacking moment and say "that's absolutely correct! Why didn't I notice this before?"

I know. I had the same feeling myself!

But I have an afterthought. They are also very liberal towards criminals. Other than these three, they are statist control freaks.

46 posted on 09/05/2009 12:01:11 PM PDT by freespirited (The only thing growing faster than the deficit is Chris Matthews' man crush on Obama -- Tim Pawlenty)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

And I think granola bars have just as much junk in them as candy bars, if not more.


47 posted on 09/05/2009 12:08:15 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: rigelkentaurus

I went to a Catholic grammar school in The Bronx. Every classroom had several boxes of different types of candy. Once a day, we would have a short break, and one or two of the children would walk around the classroom selling the candy for the nuns. Cost was 1 or 2 cents a piece. It was one way the nuns raised extra money. I wonder if they are burning in Hell for this now.


48 posted on 09/05/2009 12:26:49 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: thecodont

......and in other news, adults will no longer be able to buy coffee on their way to work. /s


49 posted on 09/05/2009 12:33:37 PM PDT by ditto h
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50 posted on 09/05/2009 1:01:53 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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