Today is an "and stuff" day. I was watching TV and the main plot was a battle between 2 parents to see who could sell the most candy bars for the school. And it got me thinking, I remember a friend who used to work for Boy Scouts telling me that the Girl Scouts get something like 15 cents for each box of cookies.
Those cookies are over $3 a box!!!
Who is making money here? Not the girl scouts, it's the cookie company.
And then the schools start sending home stuff too, selling cookie dough, pizza, or really expensive (but equally junky) gift stuff. And how much does the school have to sell to get enough to cover whatever they are raising the money for?
Honestly, why can't we give the money directly to the school or the scouts? They are valid programs, the money raising is usually for valid reasons, but why are we allowing the kids to be little salespeople for these companies? When the kid doesn't get paid, and the school doesn't make anywhere near as much as the company does.
I'm sorry, am I the only person who sees this? Or are people so cold they wouldn't donate $5 to the child's program but are happy to blow $20-$40 on useless junk they don't need? It's wrong, and it's a sneaky way to violate child labor laws as well. How many kids are sent out into neighborhoods as little door-to-door salespeople? And then even worse, are the parents hounding their co-workers. What are you supposed to do when half the company has kids selling stuff? I just had to make a no buy policy for myself.
What do you think? Am I alone that it would be better to donate cash than this pushy, guilt ridden fall sale-a-thon?