Candy is dandy

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.

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  1. “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.”

    Surprised they haven’t declared the war on candy and called in the SWAT team

    Doc

    Vegetarian: Old Native American word meaning Bad Hunter.

  2. This is the best news I’ve read all day!

  3. I’ve no idea who said it first, but it’s been a favorite of mine since the time I heard it: “You can’t fight the law of supply and demand.” 🙂

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    There is hope!

  5. I sold candy on the playground of my grade school during recess. It wasn’t banned, but this was back in the 60s when there were no vending machines in schools. So I bought extra candy at the 7-11 and sold it to kids who needed a fix. I learned the joys of being a middleman.

  6. At least these kids are getting a good education in market economies.

  7. I swear I read a 19th century version of this story in John D. Fitzgerald’s The Great Brain At The Academy. Apparently authoritarian school administrators never change. Luckily children don’t either.

  8. Adrian wrote:

    At least these kids are getting a good education in market economies.

    As is the school administration. Who do you think is more likely to benefit from the lesson?

  9. I figured that would happen.

    I suspect, though, that the black market will continue to flourish, despite the reinstatement of “healthy” candy (ummm….milk chocolate is actually not as great for you as dark chocolate – higher fat (IIRC) and fewer antioxidants. But most kids, in my experience, don’t like dark chocolate).