One Florida mother has some serious questions for her daughter’s school after they threw food away, not allowing her daughter to eat lunch.
Because of FIFTEEN CENTS.
Kimberly Aiken’s daughter is registered for the free/reduced lunch program at her school and went through the lunch line on the first day just like she did every day last year. When she reached the register she gave her number and was told there was a balance due of 15 cents on her account.
Aiken’s daughter responded that she didn’t have any money on her. Nobody expected a balance since it was the first day of school, but there was a possibility it could have been left over from last year.
These things happen. So far, nothing too outrageous, right? What happened next is where Aiken has a problem with the school.
Rather than let the child come back the next day with 15 cents or contact mom to settle the balance later, the cafeteria worker took the tray of food from the child and threw it in the garbage.
Kimberly Aiken’s daughter was not allowed to eat on her first day of school over 15 cents she couldn’t possibly have known was owed. The cafeteria worker chose to feed the garbage can rather than feed the child.
If the food was just going to be thrown away, why not just let her eat and bring the 15 cents later on?
But then, to make matters worse, when she came in the next day with money to pay that 15 cent balance – she was told she didn’t owe anything.
Mom gave a brief interview to CBS about what happened.
Twitter was NOT happy with how things were handled.
So,the fast solution 2the problem was to take away the food from the child & throw t food away?And all for $.15 cents shorter?WTH is going on wt the common sense and sensibility?The food company will go broke if they miss a few cents?The dignity of that child was valued .15 cents
— Mary E. Royal (@Maryroyal4E) August 18, 2018
This is completely unacceptable, the person who did that should not be involved with any service related work. How can you deny a student food for 15 cents ?
— Francis Esguerra (@FrancisEsguerr5) August 18, 2018
they should fire that employee and their supervisor. period.
— Dirt Wolf (@DirtwolfDirt) August 17, 2018
This was the cafeteria lady’s best response? Couldn’t let the girl get 15 cents off someone? Take something off the tray to make it cheaper? No. She threw out food and made a girl starve.
— Mojo (@too2negative) August 18, 2018
Actor and Comedian DL Hughley even posted about the incident. His followers had quite a bit to say.
This just ain’t right. https://t.co/M5DtzcPIu9
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) August 18, 2018
~ Past Time for people to WAKE~UP ?…..so many things wrong with the educational system……But NOT FEEDING A CHILD IS INEXCUSABLE.~
— ~~ Kimberly ~~ (@KimberlyLynnRee) August 18, 2018
I’m not perfect, but I would not want this on my record during judgment time!!!
— August Rush (@flam161) August 18, 2018
That’s absolutely ridiculous that they wouldn’t let that child eat over $.15!! I wouldn’t care if it was $15 you still let the child eat and work it out with the parents later!!
— Terran Manning (@Twizzy64) August 18, 2018
That’s just evil! She threw her food away over $0.15. She comes back the next day with a quarter to settle the debt just for that heffa to tell her it’s already settled?? That’s F?kd up!!!
— Chelle Brantley (@chelledartdiva) August 18, 2018
It is still unclear as to whether the cafeteria worker was following protocol for their Florida school or not, but one former school cafeteria worker from Illinois said it was standard practice where they worked.
I used to work in the cafeteria in Illinois & this is true there also. I used to take extra money to work to buy kids lunches. I’d get in trouble but didn’t care. I finally quit because they’d reuse old vegetables, reheat burned pizza and I couldn’t do that to the kids.
— Liza D (@LittlemRX) August 18, 2018
If this is standard procedure, should the procedure be updated? If this is the first time the child was notified of a balance due, should they be able to eat? Even the utility company gives more than one warning.
What do you think should have happened?