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Outrage after student lunches thrown out at Utah school (for parents in arrears on meal payments)
BBC News ^ | 1/31/14 | BBC

Posted on 01/31/2014 9:31:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge

School officials in the US state of Utah have apologised after an employee confiscated and discarded the lunches of about 30 children whose parents were said to be in arrears on meal payments.

Outraged parents in Salt Lake City said the students at Uintah Elementary primary school had been humiliated.

The school system has launched an inquiry into the Tuesday incident, blamed on a sole "nutrition manager".

The children whose meals were put in the rubbish were given fruit and milk.

"This was a mistake. This was handled wrong,'' Jason Olsen, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City school system said on Thursday.

According to Salt Lake City school officials, on Monday a nutrition manager arrived at Uintah Elementary to investigate what it described as a high number of negative balances on the accounts students use to pay for lunches prepared and served by the school.

The nutrition manager and another school employee began calling parents with negative balances in an effort to recoup payment, the school system said.

Then, on Tuesday, students who had queued up and were served lunch only to arrive at the tills and show negative balances were told to give back the lunches.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: outrage; studentlunches; thrownout; utah
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I guess fruit and milk is better than bread and water..

Moochelle's 'diet' plan is really working and so is Obama's.

Taking food out of the mouths of children

and jobs out of the economy.

1 posted on 01/31/2014 9:31:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

You gotta fire people who are so stupid as this. There is no fix for these idiots.


2 posted on 01/31/2014 9:34:12 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kjam22

Ya can’t fire everybody.. or can you?


Schools in other states have taken similar actions. In the last year, students in Massachusetts, Indiana, Maine and Kentucky had lunches taken from them and discarded.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 9:34:48 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

I can.... :)


4 posted on 01/31/2014 9:36:06 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: NormsRevenge

I read the article, and I do recall the name of the “school official” responsible for this. This person should be “outed,” fired, and publicly scorned.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 9:36:24 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
It was simpler when I was a kid. You went through the cafeteria line and you paid the lady sitting at a cash register at the end of the line. If you had 50cents you got lunch. If you didn't, you brought your own. There was no buy it on credit and try to get people without money to pay you eventually.

The other aspect is we didn't have the Mooshel gestapo telling us what we could bring for lunch. :)

6 posted on 01/31/2014 9:39:50 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kjam22

When I was a kid you had to offer up the change to get the meal. No credit offered. But that was back in the days when America was the world’s largest creditor nation.

Eating on credit? This will be a significant lesson to children of the world’s largest debtor nation: that if you can’t pay your bill you can collectively complain and get what you want from those who pay their way. Moochocracy in action.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 9:40:16 AM PST by Justa
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To: NormsRevenge
blamed on a sole "nutrition manager".

nutrition manager? ....oh boy

8 posted on 01/31/2014 9:42:04 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

And nine times out of ten the nutrition manager is some female who’s wearing a pair of black stretch pants that say size “cow” on the inside label.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 9:43:59 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: NormsRevenge
how the hell does one get to be a "nutrition manager"?.....I've never heard of such a thing....sounds like its right out of the communist handbook.....

dark times if this happens in Utah....

10 posted on 01/31/2014 9:44:34 AM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: NormsRevenge

What’s the Soup Nazi’s opinion?


11 posted on 01/31/2014 9:45:24 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: NormsRevenge

My kids school offers sack lunch for kids who don’t have lunch money.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 9:46:07 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: NormsRevenge
Start firing people...If they don't wish too, start recalling the public officials till they are gone...Then the thugs can enjoy the Obama depression like the rest of us.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 9:46:23 AM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: kjam22
the mind and mentality lodging in the wasted carcass once stood before, or submitted an essay of some sort to a local school board that nodded their approval of said mentality.

It is impossible (imo) for the liberal insanity to be totally covered.

I haven't read the story, but our board would fire anyone involved ... there are too many good people looking for secure school jobs to keep assholes.

I'm sorry, it'll never happen again is not acceptable.

14 posted on 01/31/2014 9:46:44 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: kjam22

“It was simpler when I was a kid. You went through the cafeteria line and you paid the lady ,,,”

That’s so outdated. You probably also think the schools shouldn’t provide breakfast and dinner too and that the parents should be forced to do that,,,,/


15 posted on 01/31/2014 9:46:48 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good for the school, but they shouldn’t have given them anything!


16 posted on 01/31/2014 9:46:49 AM PST by dalereed
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To: cherry

You get to be a nutrition manager when they’ve hired you to be a cook... and your cooking is so lousy they gotta find something else for you to do. Because they can’t fire ya :)


17 posted on 01/31/2014 9:47:11 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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18 posted on 01/31/2014 9:47:49 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Justa

“nutrition manager”

Let me see, denying a minor a proper meal...well, to me that is child abuse and the nutrition manager would be a manager of the garbage containers in state prison.

Meanwhile, when I attended school in the dark ages of the 50’s, we brought our lunch and paid for supplemental things like milk and or ice cream. Moochele would have a coronary if she saw my sandwiches: salami or bologna but Tuna on Friday. I was also fed before leaving the house, it was called breakfast which my mom prepared before she went to work.


19 posted on 01/31/2014 9:48:09 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: NormsRevenge

These are government workers. They are not expected to give rational or logical thought to their actions, just follow protocol, process, procedure and orders. It would be an outrage if a government worker were to actually MANAGE a situation proactively with logic based solutions specific to a circumstance.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 9:48:45 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

“nutrition manager”

A fancy way of saying, “Lunch Lady.”


21 posted on 01/31/2014 9:49:15 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: NormsRevenge

This offends me to the core. 1st — the waste. And 2nd — the humiliation of the kids. Or, maybe it’s the other way around.


22 posted on 01/31/2014 9:49:29 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NormsRevenge

I worked in a primary school years ago where every child had to eat lunch. Payment wasn’t an issue...they brought a lunch or the school provided a lunch.


23 posted on 01/31/2014 9:51:14 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: dalereed

That’s the thinking that makes people think conservatives are stone cold, and probably idiots. It probably isn’t the kids fault. I can see debt collections, I can see sending the cops to the house to see why mom doesn’t provide lunch or lunch money to the kid, etc. I can see a lot of things here as ways to get to the bottom of it.

But humiliating the school kid and making them go hungry is screwed up. The normally guilt party doesn’t get any punishment.


24 posted on 01/31/2014 9:52:48 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: kjam22

Why are the parents not physically confronting these thieves? Start by finding out who stole the private property of the students, locate them and make a private person’s arrest, shortly after delivering a small dose of street justice. If this kind of stuff continues, it’s partly the fault of the parents for merely complaining and not acting.

Seizing a lunch and throwing it away is an assault on my child. It is taking another’s property by force and/or fear, the very legal definition of Robbery.


25 posted on 01/31/2014 9:54:05 AM PST by DPMD
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To: NormsRevenge

> Moochelle’s ‘diet’ plan is really working and so is Obama’s.

And yet Moochelle’s backside is evidence that she doesn’t follow the advice she gives; a liberal trait.


26 posted on 01/31/2014 9:54:18 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Justa

I went to catholic boarding school. We had a basket of fish and a basket of bread and they fed everybody.


27 posted on 01/31/2014 9:54:18 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: NormsRevenge

Where are the libs screaming about how these kids were singled-out and HUMILIATED in front of their classmates?


28 posted on 01/31/2014 9:55:14 AM PST by joethedrummer
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To: NormsRevenge
taking food out of the mouths of children

First of all, describing most school lunches as food is questionable. Then there's the issue of responsibility. If parents can't afford the stuff, it's free. So, these parents can afford to feed their children. If they aren't going to pay their share, they shouldn't get school lunch.

What's the school supposed to do? Just let the parents not pay what they owe?

29 posted on 01/31/2014 9:55:27 AM PST by grania
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To: DPMD

How can it be their property when they nor their parents paid for it?


30 posted on 01/31/2014 9:55:31 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: NormsRevenge

what does outrage plus outrage equal? it should not be apathy.

the obama hydra is so massive its not clear which tentacle to address first.


31 posted on 01/31/2014 9:56:40 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Justa
When I was a kid you had to offer up the change to get the meal.

yes, this is how it was... i remember playing tether ball (i was the reigning champ of the girls--third grade) and this girl offered to hold my little purse for me... when lunch time came, i went through the line and was about to pay for my lunch (45 cents... one quarter, two dimes) but my money was missing from my purse... i knew that girl had stolen it... anyway, i was given a bun and a carton of milk... and i started to cry... my friends offered to share their lunches with me... but i took my bun and milk... when we went back to class, my teacher could tell that i had been crying, and she asked what was wrong... i told her, and she--then and there--walked me to the teachers' lounge and put together a lunch for me! she had cheese, crackers, salami, apples and a donut! i will always remember that...

32 posted on 01/31/2014 9:58:32 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: cherry

They used to be called school dieticians.


33 posted on 01/31/2014 9:58:55 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: DPMD
Seizing a lunch and throwing it away is an assault on my child. It is taking another’s property by force and/or fear, the very legal definition of Robbery.

Am I misreading this article? WHy are folks here appalled? It was heavy handed and for sure it's no way to deal with kids who have the misfortune to have been dealt deadbeat parents. But...

What happened was unnecessarily embarrassing to the kids but it was by no means robbery. These kids hadn't paid for their lunches. I don't agree with the approach but there is no such thing as a free lunch.

34 posted on 01/31/2014 10:00:15 AM PST by old and tired
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To: kjam22

OMG I AM LAUGHING TILL I AM CRYING! funny, funny, funny!!!


35 posted on 01/31/2014 10:00:20 AM PST by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: latina4dubya

It was a much more civil society back then....


36 posted on 01/31/2014 10:00:42 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: cherry; glock rocks

Salt Lake is not Utah in a lot of ways. They seem to have had a lot of loonies migrate there since I left.


37 posted on 01/31/2014 10:01:05 AM PST by Little Bill
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To: DesertRhino

Pay or starve, the school shouldn’t feed any kid for free!!

I was taught to work for and pay for anything I ever got.


38 posted on 01/31/2014 10:02:40 AM PST by dalereed
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To: Mouton
my sandwiches: salami or bologna but Tuna on Friday.

I recall consuming a lot of PBJs, chips and fruit during the 50s and I'm still kickin' although I do have an abiding aversion to Vienna sausage and deviled ham which my mom was also prone to put in the sack. Occasionally, I ate the full cafeteria fare which usually included mystery meat (except fish on Fridays), two veggies (including turnip greens and pintos), plus cornbread and some kind of dessert (jello, banana pudding). The full charge, IIRC, was $.35 (non-subsidized).

From what I read, the above diet is commonly served in prisons, but it is nutritious.

39 posted on 01/31/2014 10:02:57 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: Kit cat

Referring to label size COW on inside of black stretch pants just to
funny! SO TRUE!


40 posted on 01/31/2014 10:03:19 AM PST by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: NormsRevenge

Government Giveth, and the Government Taketh Away.


41 posted on 01/31/2014 10:04:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kit cat

There is a story behind that statement ... :)


42 posted on 01/31/2014 10:04:31 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kjam22

43 posted on 01/31/2014 10:06:04 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: kjam22
It was simpler when I was a kid. You went through the cafeteria line and you paid the lady sitting at a cash register at the end of the line. If you had 50cents you got lunch. If you didn't, you brought your own.

"...and that's the way it was.....AND WE LIKED IT!"

44 posted on 01/31/2014 10:06:14 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

lol.... yep... that’s me


45 posted on 01/31/2014 10:07:07 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: Mouton

I know a retired teacher who is of the opinion that sending a child to government school is a form of child abuse.


46 posted on 01/31/2014 10:07:19 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: kjam22

LOL, me too. (Well at least the ‘grumpy’ part)


47 posted on 01/31/2014 10:08:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: kjam22

When I went to school it was $10.00 for a month or bring your own. I was given a weekly card that had M T W T F with the school district, name of school stuff like that. When you went through the line your card was hole-punched for that day at the register or you could pay .50 for lunch. Easy and efficient with much better menus. We even had a snack line where you could purchase twinkies, suzi-q’s stuff like that if you wanted. Lunches now are just a nightmare compared to then. You could also qualify for the free lunch program based on parents income.

This school screwed up here and punished the children. Sad.


48 posted on 01/31/2014 10:11:06 AM PST by digdem
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To: NormsRevenge
To me this was just some vengeful, power hungry witch, who needs an attitude adjustment. Who paid for the fruit and milk? Would not a strongly worded letter of warning home to the parents not been a better way to deal with it? Traumatizing kids when it's not their fault, pisses me off!
49 posted on 01/31/2014 10:13:45 AM PST by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: Cowboy Bob

I guess I’m missing something. Why should schools be required to give free lunches to kids whose parents can afford to pay but who do not?


50 posted on 01/31/2014 10:17:49 AM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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