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Utah School Fined $15,862 for Accidentally Selling Soda at Lunch
Reason.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Katherine Mangu-Ward

Posted on 05/19/2012 3:59:12 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

In order to remain eligible for federal subsidies for school lunches, officials at Davis High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, knew they weren't allowed to have active vending machines selling soda and candy in the school lunchroom during the 47-minute lunch period.

But rules designed to keep kids from washing down their lunches with something fizzy can be tricky. That lesson was driven home when the state Office of Education's Child Nutrition Program hit the school with a $15,862 fine—75 cents per violation over the period of many months that it turns out students had been illicitly selling soda in the school store.

Fearing more fines, the school has pulled the plug on all of its vending until it can figure out what the rules require. Because students eat lunch in the hallways, vending may actually be banned throughout the school.

A local ABC affiliate reports that the school is considering extreme measures:

There are also plans at Davis High to put soda and candy vending machines in a converted janitor’s closet, with a door, to comply with federal guidelines.

Meanwhile, the kids lose twice because of the mistakes of their elders, says Davis High School Principal Dee Burton:

Compounding the situation in the long term, the school vending machines generate revenue to help fund nonrevenue-related school activities such as debate, new computers for the classroom, or royalties for the songs used in the school musical, Burton said.

"The money we'll lose by not being able to sell the items amounts to thousands and thousands of dollars," he said.

The school will also have to the cover the cost of the fine out of general funds.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: children; education; foodnazis; foodpolice; parents; publicschools; schools; waronsoda

1 posted on 05/19/2012 3:59:16 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Kids can’t be allowed to have a soda, but they are mature enough for sex. These liberals are insane.


2 posted on 05/19/2012 4:01:27 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

So, a Federal Gummint agency takes away from the school $15+K, which money surely came from another Federal Gummint agency in the first place..

We are sooooo doomed... :(


3 posted on 05/19/2012 4:04:08 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: GeronL

“”Kids can’t be allowed to have a soda, but they are mature enough for sex. These liberals are insane.”””

To expand on your statement, liberals think it is perfectly fine for kids to have an abortion without parental consent as long as they don’t drink a soda.


4 posted on 05/19/2012 4:07:08 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: DeaconBenjamin
The more I read about the state of our society, the more I think we are devolving into a primordial state. If the society is not raised on Judeo-Christian principles, and Capitalism, the more likely we will end up killing each other.

5.56mm

5 posted on 05/19/2012 4:08:22 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The commie bastards didn’t “fine” the school, they fined the taxpayers who provide money to the school to educate our children.


6 posted on 05/19/2012 4:12:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: shelterguy; wagglebee

Totally true.


7 posted on 05/19/2012 4:13:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: onedoug

They made me a criminal.


8 posted on 05/19/2012 4:13:21 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: GeronL

I wonder what Hillary thinks about this case of “government interfering with individual lives”?


9 posted on 05/19/2012 4:14:51 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
In order to remain eligible for federal subsidies for school lunches,

Best solution to the problem.

Tell the FEDS to go to H#LL. Give back the school lunch money. Tell the kids that they can carry their lunch or go hungry. Fire all of the lunch room staff (which probably includes a highly paid nutritionist).

In the end I bet that the kids will be healthier and the school will be better off fiscally.

10 posted on 05/19/2012 4:19:34 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Simple solution - include a free condom with each can of soda.


11 posted on 05/19/2012 4:21:17 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: DeaconBenjamin

if the school is smart they would tell the feds to kiss their patootie.

They would have an large level of support.

Pro choice means pro freedom to decide what we will eat.

Did you ever think that this would ever be an argument you would fight?

Da**ed Fascists!


12 posted on 05/19/2012 4:23:45 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Pontiac

Make them bring a lunch and make lunch outside if its not rainy or too cold!


13 posted on 05/19/2012 4:24:03 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Just think, the school may be forced to end their condom exchange and birth control distribution programs.


14 posted on 05/19/2012 4:26:00 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: GeronL
If they actually did give back the Fed school lunch money they would with in a week have Federal Marshals in the superintendants office saying they can’t give back the money. They would have every race hustler in the country giving speeches on how the school administration is racist because the school lunch is the only nutritious meal the poor minority kids get all day (despite their families being on food stamp programs).

They won’t do it because they know this and don’t want to face the heat.

They could probably have the lunches catered cheaper than the Fed school lunch program. The food would be better tasting and better quality.

15 posted on 05/19/2012 4:32:38 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

” Just think, the school may be forced to end their condom exchange and birth control distribution programs. “

Naaahhh - they’ll just eliminate what’s left of the Classical Literature section of the school library...

(Nobody ever reads that boring old junk anyway, and it’ll make more room for the porn-surfing computers and video games...)


16 posted on 05/19/2012 4:34:25 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

17 posted on 05/19/2012 4:35:39 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I am sure that if I and my friends were in school today and they had this policy we would all bring soda to school and drink it during lunch.

Actually, a few of us would probably be set up in the parking lot selling it out of our cars for a profit.

Whatever happened to Question Authority? Somebody needs to start printing those bumper stickers again. These kids are whimps and need an education in civil disobedience.

18 posted on 05/19/2012 4:38:48 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: GeronL
Kids can’t be allowed to have a soda, but they are mature enough for sex. These liberals are insane.

What makes you think it is just the liberals? The Republicans are going right along with it. Have you seen any of them doing anything but sitting on their hands about this insanity.

The Republicans are actually more dangerous than the liberals. They tell you it is crazy when you talk to your GOP rep but when they are in meetings where this stuff is decided they just sit and let it happen. The GOP is full of big government shivering spinless yellow belly do-nothing cowards.

19 posted on 05/19/2012 4:45:11 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Pontiac

You are probably right.


20 posted on 05/19/2012 4:48:12 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

WHAT is going on in these liberals’ heads?


21 posted on 05/19/2012 4:53:00 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

WHAT is going on in these liberals’ heads?


22 posted on 05/19/2012 4:53:09 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I agree about the Republicans, but then they’d be “liberal” too by my definition


23 posted on 05/19/2012 4:54:28 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
If I were on that school board, I would say "fine, pay 'em."

This is exactly the way the mandatory seatbelt laws and the no defense for "drunk" driving laws got established.

Thanks to the "war" on some drugs, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and numerous Republicans in Congress who we thought were there to defend our liberties.

Thanks for nothing and thanks for opening and widening the door to this sort of crap.

I would not be surprised if breathing turns into a federal offense if one does so while committing another federal offense.

24 posted on 05/19/2012 5:06:38 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: GeronL
"Here kid...free contraception and, if you should get pregnant, we'll suck the brains out of your baby. But DON'T ever get caught selling illicit sodas again or we'll send you to Siberia for re-education."
25 posted on 05/19/2012 5:20:01 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: GeronL

I guess we call them RINOs. Sad, though, that people who are conservative keep cheering them on and voting for them. The RINOs are so destructive for all their deceptions.


26 posted on 05/19/2012 5:27:08 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

27 posted on 05/19/2012 6:04:56 PM PDT by mirkwood (subliminal message)
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To: windcliff

They’ll throw you in prison, sure.


28 posted on 05/19/2012 6:58:11 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: DeaconBenjamin

We had one soda vending machine in our high school and one vending machine with chips/snacks in it. Students were forbidden from purchasing anything from the vending machines during school hours. After school was a different story because there was no one to guard the machines. It is amazing how we managed to fund all of our student activities without the funds from vending machines. It is amazing we survived. It is amazing that our school administrators got away with such tyranny. (I confess that I violated school rules a time or two, but I was somewhat of a teacher’s and administrator’s pet.) I don’t think the Feds need to involve themselves into these matters. However, some local school personnel could stand up for good food and nutrition if they weren’t greedy for the vending revenues. School lunches do not bring in money for all the programs that students and teachers want.

This reminds me of our baseball coach wanting to charge admission fees for summer baseball games. The other parents are all for it. I think they are crazy. But everything’s a fundraiser. Grrr.


29 posted on 05/19/2012 7:14:45 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: DeaconBenjamin

state Office of Education’s Child Nutrition Program

They should have the state police raid the state Office of Education’s Child Nutrition Program office and arrest any state employee drinking soda during lunchtime. Fair is fair!


30 posted on 05/19/2012 8:17:00 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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