(NEW YORK POST) – There is such a thing as a free lunch. But it turns out no one likes it.
Students in the Chicago public schools this week decided to boycott lunch, complaining, according to NPR, that "the pizza is often burnt, the fruit cups are frozen and options are narrow and unhealthy."
Cry us a river.
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The 400,000 students in the city's public schools are all eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch each day, regardless of their family income, an effort to remove the stigma that students who received free lunch allegedly experienced when their classmates found out they were too poor to pay for it. But now many of the district's students have decided to turn their noses up at the lunch anyway. Which suggests that the vast majority of these kids don't need the free food to begin with. Choosers generally aren't beggars.
But everyone's got a complaint these days. Take the students at Oberlin whining that the food served in campus dining halls is racist. Their parents are paying more than $60,000 a year in tuition, enough to cover a few meals at Le Bernadin each week, but instead they are stuck with inauthentic banh mi sandwiches and General Tso's chicken prepared with the wrong sauce.