This sounds like a scene out of Oliver Twist.
Up to 40 kids at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City picked up their lunches Tuesday, then watched as the meals were taken and thrown away because of outstanding balances on their accounts — a move that shocked and angered parents.
“It was pretty traumatic and humiliating,” said Erica Lukes, whose 11-year-old daughter had her cafeteria lunch taken from her as she stood in line Tuesday at Uintah Elementary School, 1571 E. 1300 South.
What the hell is wrong with these people?
I cannot imagine the shame and humiliation — not to mention the discomfort of not getting fed — those kids are going through. It’s not their fault; these kids are in elementary school; they don’t control the money in their account, and even if they did, what kind of a heartless bastard would take it away once they’ve been served?
Note that this happened in Utah, the state that is the bastion of traditional family values and all that syrupy crap that is supposed to represent the best of the American dream. So punishing kids for their parents’ mistakes must be one of those noble goals.