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Rick Ace Rhodes
I had an incident similar to this back when I was a Freshman in High School. I made lunch for myself one day but I forgot to bring it with me, not finding out about it until I was in the cafeteria for my lunch period. I had no money on me, but I asked a lunch lady if I could just have something and have it charged to my account. She said no.

So I didn't eat until I got home. I sat down to have the lunch I packed and my mom asked me if I already ate at school. When I told her I had no money and they wouldn't allow me to charge, she was furious. She called the school to complain, and it turns out that by school policy I should of been allowed something to eat.
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Mr Magic
That's rough. I'm sorry that happened to you, Rick.
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Poshy2005
In all honesty I don't think schools should charge kids for lunch. At least for a basic lunch. Anything extra yes they should charge for. I think it would lessen the stress on a lot of parents if they would do this.
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massreality
My girlfriend is an elementary school teacher. The county policy for her school is that if a child doesn't have money or a lunch, they get a tray of fruits, vegetables, and I believe a cup of water. Its happens all the time and isn't a big deal. The student can't pick from the regular lunch menu, but they aren't forced to go hungry.
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Mr Magic
Sounds like a good solution, Poshy.
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Jrs1991
School lunch isn't even quality stuff, it's mostly cheap junk. It's always dumb when something like this happens because the schools act like they can't give away their high quality 5 star rated food that was made by the top chefs and with the finest and freshest ingredients that is made there fresh on the spot. I had to get free lunch and in my last year of high school i ended up just giving my code to a friend so he could get free breakfast because i stopped eating lunch at school because lunch was like 15 or 20 minutes long and unless you got to the cafeteria really early you had to wait in a long line to get the food and then pay for it and then find a seat. And by the time you find a seat you only had a few minutes to eat and the food wasn't worth waiting for so i just ate when i got home.
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Poshy2005
I never ate at school. I never really needed that extra meal in the middle of the day. Some kids do though. The school lunch system just amazes me. Let give kids barley 20 mins to eat to keep them going all day. Let's take a note from Europe and have a hour long nap time for everyone.
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eddstarr
The report does not say if the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District participates in the National School Lunch Program, (NSLP), administered by the US Department of Agriculture. Participation is voluntary and allows for free lunches if the families qualify. Regardless, parents of enrolled children can always contact the school directly and explain their circumstances. Most school districts try to provide a meal to every child when families can not.

If I were the reporter on this story I would definitely contact the child's parents to find out what steps they took to make sure their child does not go hungry.
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Vaporman87
I don't think our lunch period was that short. I'm pretty sure it was at least 40 to 45 minutes. Mainly because we would finish eating and then hang out in the lobby for the remainder of the time (only a small group of of did this... the rest waited in the gymnasium.

But as far as this lunch lady is concerned, it all seems quite ridiculous. Surely there is more to this firing than her actions. Maybe she has been a source of consternation in the school for a while, and this was the last straw? I just don't see how it's justified solely because she gave a poor kid food. What is this, the Hunger Games?

EDIT: Oh yeah, and regarding the thread title... getting dumber is what we've been doing best for many years now. Nothing else could explain the popularity of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as Presidential candidates. I feel like I'm living in "Idiocracy".
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Mr Magic
I fear for this nation, Vapor. Every other country must be laughing at us.
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