Candy pushers now roam the halls of Austin High School, reports the Austin American-Statesman via Best of the Web.
The candy removal plan, according to students at Austin High, was thwarted by classmates who created an underground candy market, turning the hallways of the high school into Willy-Wonka-meets-Casablanca.
Soon after candy was removed from vending machines, enterprising students armed with gym bags full of M&M’s, Skittles, Snickers and Twix became roving vendors, serving classmates in need of an in-school sugar fix. Regular-size candy bars like the ones sold in vending machines routinely sold in the halls for $1.50.
Some students were making $200 a week selling candy. To stamp out the black market, school officials restored “nutritious” candy to the vending machines, such as milk chocolate, which contains milk, and chocolate with nuts, which contains protein.