I completely get that the schools are short on funds. I understand the need to fundraise. But quit telling my little child that she HAS to peddle your crap and that she MUST sell a whole bunch of it, and for the love of GOD don't get her all excited about a prize she has a snowball's chance of winning and then ensuring that she feels bad about for the rest of her life!
We are still shell-shocked from last year's chocolate sale fiasco, when the "winners" were given a limo ride, and she has just come home with the Yankee Candle sales kit. The catalog, which starts out with completely ridiculous $23 candles that smell like shit and have a smarmy Christmas theme - is Scratch 'n Sniff! - and ends with Santa in beach gear candles, that also smell like shit. The "motivational" fold out presentation of the prizes the kids can "win" for relentlessly peddling the stinky shit candles is completely atrocious. For only - ONLY - two hundred and seventy five dollars worth of shamelessly guilting your friends and family, you can get the Science kit that your mother can buy on Amazon for under twelve dollars. (ooo! guess what we're going to do?) The lowest amount of sales that will get a kid a prize nets the poor child a glowing puff ball that retails for five dollars.
We have friends in dire financial straits. We know people that are out of work. I have only been back to work since the first of May. I am not at all happy about trying to foist incredibly superfluous and meaningless garbage on the people in our lives because the people at school are so uncreative and desperate that they are willing to put us all through this. I am not going to ask our friends and neighbors to buy a twenty three dollar candle because my daughter asked them to because she's six and she's been brainwashed. Especially one that makes me recoil from the catalog after my daughter showed me how each picture can be smelled! I wonder how much that catalog cost to produce?
At least you could eat the chocolate.
3 years ago