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Georgia congressman thinks kids on the lunch program should be required to do janitorial work at the school to pay for their lunch

Anyone else imagining the kind of bullying that would go along with that?



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Asked by NotPanicking at 4:17 AM on Dec. 21, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Kingston's plan could create significant embarrassment for low-income children, who would be sweeping cafeteria floors while their wealthier peers did normal kid activities. And while the low-income children would supposedly be learning the lesson of hard work, their wealthier peers would simply be getting a free lunch from their parents.




    Answer by mrsmom110 at 5:44 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • That is wrong in so many ways.

    Answer by louise2 at 6:37 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • It's the Republican dream....create an elite system for themselves and a slave system for everyone else....gotta love them....they think they earn their power and money and everyone else feels entitled.....they cannot see past their own greed to see that they themselves are the ones who feel entitled.

    Answer by Anna92464 at 8:09 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • So basically punish kids for something they have no control over. And it's a bit presumptuous to think that poor children do not know anything about hard work. As someone who had free lunch as a child, I find his assumptions insulting. Believe me, I know what hard work is like and know the value of a dollar. His statement really irritates me.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 8:31 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • Sure! Lets take all the poor kids, who have no control over their parents financial irresponsibility, single them out and put them on display.... but lets put an end to bullying. Yeah. Good plan. Lets raise that self esteem right up.

    On a side note are we going to punish foster children for being foster children? They too benefit form free lunch...

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • Umm i dont even know what to say to this. He is trying to punish the parents for their not making enough money by making the kids work. He seems to think he should nip welfare in the bud by addressing the issue with the kids of poor parents. Thatll teach 'em!

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:48 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • One of the more interesting parts of that article is the righteous indignation his staffer shows when people point out that the congressman is a twit.

    Answer by Brawn at 10:16 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • That's how it was when I was in school eons ago. If you're parents were unable to pay for your lunches and we (kids) wanted lunch, we worked in the cafeteria. Washing dishes, serving, sweeping...Now before anyone wants to go all PC on me, this was in the 70's, things were different then.
    It was the most horrible experience of school. I and a lot of kids chose to go hungry to avoid the teasing that went along with getting your meal.
    Awful, awful, awful memories!!!
    He's a horses ass if he gets this to pass!

    Answer by KTElite at 10:21 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • In grade school, we fought over dish duty (only option available), and the decision wasn't need based. Everyone wanted to do it, because it meant you got out of class a half hour early so you'd have time to eat, work, and still get recess. As a result, we were only ever allowed to do it for a week each.

    Thinking back, there's no way it would fly now - we were 9 year olds using a commercial dishwasher. How anyone thought that was a good idea, I don't know.

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 10:30 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

  • The ONLY children working in the cafeteria when I was a child, were children getting free lunches.

    And you're right, no way would operating the equipment in the kitchen fly today!

    Just a thought...Isn't it a shame that this man thinks children should pay the price of ridicule, embarrassment from classmates etc. Because, as he says, nothing is free.

    Answer by KTElite at 10:43 AM on Dec. 21, 2013

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