There’s vending machines in many schools across the United States. The kids can buy sodas, candy, chips. The school gets a cut of the profits. Works out well for everyone concerned.
Lately, though, school administrators have been worried about public pressure. Parents have been complaining about the high calorie snacks that the kids have been buying while at school. They wanted the selection to be changed to a more healthy mix. (Why this is the school’s problem instead of an example of lax parental supervision is something I can’t answer.)
So the schools got rid of the really tasty stuff and replaced it with, I dunno, organic fruit and soy energy bars. You know, stuff that no one buys for the taste.
And the obvious happened. The kids stopped buying stuff from the school vending machines.
Now the schools are upset. The money they got from the sales of all that sugary stuff has dried up. In some areas the loss is staggering, with schools in the San Fernando Valley losing $100,000 USD a month from soda sales alone! (There can’t be that many paper routes, so the parents there must really pass the cash out every morning. I wonder if they’ll adopt?)
Supporters of the junk food bans say that they knew that there was going to be a loss in revenue for awhile, but that sales would pick up eventually. I suppose they figure the kids will get used to the crappy taste or something. Looks like they aren’t parents who ever had to convince a child to eat their carrots.