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Apropos this, you will have read about the school district in Pennsylvania who decided to have fun at the expense of any parents struggling to pay their kids’ lunch bills by bluffing about throwing their children into the foster care system? Good times.

Well, a local CEO tried to ruin their fun pulling legs off flies tormenting poor parents by paying off the bills, but the district refused, asserting that the parents in question could definitely afford to pay. I guess they were frittering away that money on other vanities, like health care or gasoline to go to their three jobs. Totally unnecessary luxuries in an advanced technological society where state-of-the-art public transit and universal health care are obvious common goods.

Oh wait, we don’t live anywhere civilized like THAT. We live in Amerikkka.

Update: The school district has now been shamed into accepting the CEO’s money. Doesn’t change a thing. They are still the kind of people who threatened parents with stealing their children, for being poor. Being mildly sensitive to bad PR is not a mitigation for that.

Good summary here: ABC News

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  1. Lisa Chabot

    People really do not know what other people may need to be spending money on: perhaps there are elderly relatives in care, or hidden medical expenses, or loans they took on for a failed business or from a relative they felt obligated to pay off. Shaming or terrorizing children is not the answer, even if the parents aren’t being as diligent as they can without sensitive matters that are being hidden.
    This case was so egregious, but so are the ones where a cafeteria worker is fired for feeding kids for free: why don’t we just feed kids breakfast and lunch for free, no matter what?

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