Friday, March 4, 2011

What Would You Smuggle?


Awhile back, our local high school stopped selling regular soda in their vending machines. They only carry diet flavors now, vitamin water, and sports drinks like Gatorade. This was done to help kids cut calories and make healthier decisions. (Let’s not discuss how, perhaps, they should have gotten rid of the vending machines altogether.)

More recently, the high school banned salt in the lunchroom. No more little packets of the white stuff to dump on fries or burgers or...anything. All for the same reasons. (Let’s not discuss the quality of the majority of food they serve to begin with.)

But teens are industrious. And sneaky. And some of them, entrepreneurial. I heard from someone who shall remain nameless to protect their identity that a young woman at school has been smuggling in salt packets (taken from local fast food eateries) at lunchtime. And here’s the kicker—she’s selling them at five cents a pop! And it should really be no surprise that she’s selling out of them. (Heck, if I was in that lunchroom, I think I’d buy one—fries with no salt??? Yuck!)
 
This situation made me think about other things that might be banned. And what I’d be desperate enough to smuggle in if I was eating lunch in that cafeteria everyday. I figure, hygiene-wise, if they stopped using napkins for some eco reason, I’d definitely smuggle in some of those. If they cut chips because of the salt content...I’d smuggle those in, too. Have to have chips with my sandwich. And maybe some chocolate if they banned that... A Ho-Ho or something. 

(And let's not talk about how the high school completely ignored the fact that things always taste better--and are more desirable--when told you can’t have them.)

What would you fear being cut, and in turn smuggle right back in?

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my! And let's not talk about how it's saying "Parents, you haven't taught your children how to eat well so we'll do it"! As for smuggling...yes on the salt if I was having fries (or other school cafeteria food that begs for it) and chocolate? Hell, yeah! :-)

kissablesweet1 said...

I'd smuggle in everything they took off the menu. I couldn't survive on the "food" they serve. Chocolate and Chips would be two biggies.

Laura K. Curtis said...

I'd have to say that if it was just school lunch, I wouldn't worry. But if there were a major ban on something like chocolate I'd be smuggling it into the country for certain!

I know a woman who smuggled cyclamates into the US for years. Until the advent of Splenda, they were the only sugar substitute she could tolerate the taste of, and they were banned for ridiculous reasons.

hatfieldtiffany75 said...

I think that is really crazy to take salt, sodas, and plenty of other things out of the schools. Are they crazy? They obviously don't know children very well. When children can't have something they will find every way they can to get it.

Mine is definitely sodas. I love and I am addicted to sodas. (It is something I am working on, Promise).

But to tell you I don't know what else they could possibly take out of schools.

I am almost positive it is not the sodas, salt, or any other thing at school causing our nations obesity problem. I am pretty sure it is their home lifestyle.

This could actually go into a long process of who is to blame for it, LOL.

Min said...

Slightly OT, but a friend of mine recently sold toilet paper at her workplace when there was a DAYS-long (yes, plural) shortage, and management wouldn't go to a local store and buy TP with petty cash. She kept some in her locker and started selling it to co-workers.

And got in trouble with HR.

hatfieldtiffany75 said...

OMG!! that is nuts Min. She should not of got in trouble.

I can't believe that someone would ban Splenda.

Anonymous said...

Did't I hear recently that diet soda is just as bad as regular?

~ Babs ~ said...

Mine would be Chocolate I would be smuggling that in all the time.

I drink water and diet and I have heared the same thing they did a study saying diet is just as bad as regular.

LORNA BARRETT (aka Lorraine Bartlett) said...

When I was a freshman in high school, I ONLY ATE Ho-Hos for lunch. No wonder I was overweight. But feeling lonely and fat, that's when I started to write stories to entertain my one friend. Look where that got me!

Heather Webber said...

Oh my gosh--toilet paper???? Again, I'd be buying it from her. Some things are just necessary!

I haven't heard the diet soda study, but I'm not surprised--I think all soda is fairly bad for a person (which won't stop me from drinking my Dr P). I am very curious to what's cut next in the lunchroom... Will keep you all posted.

Sarita said...

Devil Dogs, definitely. I can go without salt, but don't even think about taking away those Devil Dogs!

Leann Sweeney said...

I'd pay more than a nickel for salt. I am a salt hog. I think the salt seller should have rings made that are actually mini salt shakers. She'd make a fortune.

Aurian said...

I can't eat stuff without salt, so yes, I would just bring my own. Will they bann the sugar for the tea/coffee next? Then that will be in my purse too.
Isn't it a civil right to have toiletpaper at the office? If not, it should be! Who is her boss, a man who goes one time a day?

Gayle Carline said...

Are they aware of the sodium content of diet sodas?

Pretty soon, we'll be bringing our own condiments everywhere. I knew a lady who always packed an extra-large bottle of Tabasco sauce in her purse.

As far as smuggling goes, I smuggled a Fatburger into the movies once. With fries. It was great, but I should've left off the grilled onions. I'm pretty sure the rest of the audience knew what I'd done, altho no one tattled.

Min said...

I'll just say that she works at a major big box chain store.

When her (male) manager finally needed TP and she told him the special price for managers, he decided it was time for him to pay for TIP out of pocket, and he sent a worker bee down the street for some.

Linda Leszczuk said...

I guess no teenager worth his salt *grin* would just brown bag his lunch and take whatever he wanted.

Heather Webber said...

Linda, my daughter brings her lunch everyday, and my son brings his four days a week (he likes chicken nugget day!). And, actually, a lot of their friends bring lunches, too... Guarantees they get what they want (including salt if need be!).

Debra said...

I did not drink coffee in high school, but if I did and they banned it ,I guess I could have brought it in in a thermos.
Min, your tp story makes me so happy I am not working anymore (had to stop due to disability), well the bathroom issues and attending bday parties for people I did not care about. Forced frivolity= torture.
I don't have a problem with the schools not selling these things. My son's school did not sell soda or chips,but the kids could bring it in. We did the same thing at home, I stopped buying soda, but my son was allowed to buy it with his own money. Because he is a tightwad and likes to save every penny, the soda drinking quickly became a non-issue.

Lisa D said...

I can go without salt but I can't give up coffee or sweets. Nobody better mess with my Little Debbie Snack Cakes or Ho-Ho's. :-)

Vickie said...

I would be lost without salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard. And if chocolate was ever outlawed....hooo-boy....there'd be words and contraband....

ev said...

Ketchup. It's the only way i ever got thru school lunches.

Shushan said...

When I was in school I didn't drink soda much, so that wouldn't have bothered me, but banning condiments?? Wow! That was the only thing that made many of these meals edible!

You can bet I'd be carrying salt, ketchup, mayo, mustard.. and possibly the chocolate chip cookies too. Cookies are a brain food. Yep!

Rural View said...

Lunch police are a non-issue for me; I always brown bagged my lunch for school and later for work. What can I say? I'm a Scrooge.

But the toilet paper issue really gets me. I would have been the entrepreneur who sold it to others, but I also would have reported them to whatever authority I could think of.