Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Black market in School Sugar very profitable


The Austin American Statesman in Texas reported that a candy ban in public schools turned Austin High School into an underground candy market that resembles "Willy-Wonka-meets-Casablanca."

"Soon after candy was removed from vending machines, enterprising students armed with gym bags full of M&Ms, Skittles, Snickers and Twix became roving vendors, serving classmates in need of an in-school sugar fix," the newspaper reported. "Regular-size candy bars like the ones sold in vending machines routinely sold in the halls for $1.50."

As students gathered around a car in the parking lot outside of Fairview High School last week, one boy asked the dealer: "Do you have Red Vines?"

"Nope. Twizzlers," the dealer said.

"Sweet," said the customer, pulling out his wallet.