WTF: Utah Elementary School Seizes Lunches from Indebted Kids

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Today in What the Ever Loving Fuck: School officials at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah seized upwards of 40 students' cafeteria-issued lunches and threw them in the trash this Tuesday — all because the kids had unpaid balances on their lunch accounts. Yes, they punished children too young to have any real concept of debt and the economy by taking one of their fundamental meals away. AMERICA!

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The lunches were taken from the children after they had purchased them because, according to Salt Lake City District spokesman Jason Olsen, workers in the cafeteria were not able to see who owed money until making the transaction. The lunches were then put into the garbage because of the hygiene laws surrounding serving food that's already been served to someone else.

Olsen says the district attempted to contact the parents who owed the cafeteria money by phone on Monday and Tuesday, but were unable to reach everyone in time. What a comfort to the parents' whose kids didn't get food.

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As one mother told The Salt Lake Tribune, "It was pretty traumatic and humiliating...These are young children that shouldn't be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up."

The students who had their lunches seized were instead given milk and fruit. Silver lining: this is one level healthier than a meal you'd get in a 19th century prison.

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engineerlady
engineerlady

My mom's a lunch lady for a school in Utah, and the district absolutely pressures her to pull this kind of shit. They call the parents, send notes home, and give the students a few days warning. Still, if their parents are flat broke and/or don't speak English, this kind of stuff happens. My mom doesn't give a fuck, though, and feeds them anyway. She also puts bowls of fruit and such outside of the lunch line and often sees those same kids stuff their backpacks with it so they have food at home.