Ah, the cheese sandwich.
It’s the lunch given to the kids at our elementary school who are overdrawn on their lunch money account. My kids have partaken of this sandwich a few times.
After one of these times, (and after I put money in their backpack the night before) I ask my oldest, “What’s so bad about this cheese sandwich?” She gives me a look of scorn and says, “It’s the Sandwich of Shame, Mom. It’s just cheese and bread. Plus, it’s cold with sog. They make it beforehand and pull it out of the fridge after they check your account.” I laugh. “Well, at least they let you eat,” I said without much sympathy.
I think the lunch ladies are on to something here. This is definitely the way to ensure kids tell their parents that they need lunch money.
Maybe banks or credit card companies should give people a cheese sandwich when they go over their limit. I guess fees and raising rates are more effective.
I’m pretty sure I was never served the “Sandwich of Shame” at my school growing up. I thought if you didn’t have money, you couldn’t buy your lunch. I mostly brought my lunch from home. Fridays were my “buy” day. I loved Friday school lunch. Chicken fried steak, gravy, mashed taters, green beans, and chocolate pie. Yum!
Well, I’m off to the school with my money. 🙂
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