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High school fined $15,000 for… selling soda pop during lunch

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By Doug Powers  •  May 19, 2012 01:29 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

This got lost in the mix last week but it’s not too dated to keep talking about. I was wondering what the EPA idling school bus spotters did on their downtime, and apparently they perform a undercover work for the USDA in school cafeterias:

Davis High School has been fined $15,000 after they were caught selling soda pop during lunch hour, which is a violation of federal law.

The federally mandated law prohibits the sale of carbonated beverages after lunch is served. The program is an effort to help fight childhood obesity and to have young students make better food choices.
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Principal Burton said he does not understand the law with rules that seem to be contradictory.

“We can sell a Snickers bar, but can’t sell licorice. We can’t sell Swedish Fish, we can’t sell Starburst, we can’t sell Skittles, but we can sell ice cream, we can sell the Snickers bar, Milky Ways, all that stuff,” said Burton.

The school is bound to obey the law, however, if they want the $15,000 the federal government gives to subsidize their school lunch program.

The Principal said the $15,000 would have otherwise been used to fund music and other programs. To the government this is a “win-win” because the students will be healthier while at the same time the administration won’t have to worry about the kids writing songs critical of insane levels of federal overreach.

Related: Possibly coming soon… a “fat tax.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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