I just wanted to let you know that this young man approached me and was EXTREMELY polite, kept apologizing for bothering me because I was so busy ( had a toddler in the car) He showed me the contents of his container and once he explained to me what my money would be going towards, I was instantly sold. I just wish I could have bought more than I did (2 boxes). I have braces on so there's not much I can eat these days! ha ha....
Anyway, this happened at the Albertson's grocery store in Carlsbad - off the 78 and College Blvd. Is there anyway I could find out where these guys might be on other days? When I got home, I thought I could have bought more for my friends.
Sent March 11, 2006
Sent November 4, 2005
I just wanted to say, these groups are almost all honest, and I make $50-$60 on weekdays, and $70-$100 on weekends. I can buy clothes, shoes, anything I want with this program, and anyone who refuses to help us because they think we are lying is ignorant.
E-Mail received on April 17, 2004
I just bought a box of peanut brittle from a young teen connected with a Youth program from Cleveland, Ohio. He did a good job of presenting what he was about, why he was working and what he would be doing with the money he earned. They were going to the amusement park at the IX Center that comes every year at this time. I asked him how old he was and he said 14 and a friend had gotten him involved with the program last year. He told me a little about the program and how he liked it so much he decided to stay with it. He was personable, had good manners and was comfortable in talking to an adult. I was impressed and wished him good luck with the rest of his selling. A good experience for him and for me. Definitely a good program. Donna
E-Mail received on June 22,2001
" I was just approached by a teen selling me a box of toffee peanuts, as most people are about someone approaching you I was kind of standoffish at first but I work for the District Attorney and I had my badge on and this did not stop the teen. He explained to me what he was doing and was very nice and polite and wasn't to harsh or forcing me to buy anything. I hope programs like this do work out, I know there are plenty teens out there who need something like this to keep them off the streets. I can't tell you how many charges we get everyday from teens getting in trouble with the law. I commend you for helping them out and support these kinds of fundraisers and opportunities for keeping teens off the street".
E-Mail received on June 2,1999
We just wanted to let you know of a good experience that occurred today.
Hello, our names are Robert and Wanda Slate. We own a small pet shop in Waco, Texas. This afternoon a young man and boy came into the shop with a box apparently selling "something". After explaining the program to us we bought two boxes of candy from them. Those two young man stayed in our store for about an hour asking questions about our birds and other pets. When they left they both had a big Thank You for us and a promise to return "just for a visit". We were remiss in the fact that we did not get their names, but your records should reflect them. These young men should be commended for the GREAT JOB they are doing. If you ever need a recommendation about these two please let us know. We would be proud to have either of these young men in our employ. With respect, Robert/Wanda Slade
The following letter was send to us on June 6, 1999
Recently Channel 7 News (ABC)(WXYZ) in Detroit did an expose of Kids Candy Sales for Profit.
The New Jersey source was called the Candy Mafia. The leader has been jailed for several years for beating up on competition.
The labor department has been unsuccessful for a couple of decades in putting these people out of the business. I wonder why?
They (Dept. of Labor) exaggerate the worse case scenarios supporting their points : Long Hours, Dangerous Conditions, Adults Profiting.
School Teachers & Coaches work for a profit. Are the streets more dangerous than the schools?
This Government body (Labor Dept.) should be made responsible and supply jobs to all these kids (mostly have nots) and (mostly black) they put out of work.
The TV Media cannot be faulted. The nature of their jobs makes them more concerned with their photogenic presence and their dramatic impact rather than reality.
It sounds so cold: Adults creating a business where teenagers are the sales staff.
I am not saying this business is Gods gift to society but for many people it does fill a void.
Some interesting points:
The difference between haves and have nots is increasing. The polarization between blacks and whites (in Metro Detroit) is as great as ever. The polarization between teens and adults is as great as ever. An honest sales pitch from a teen to an adult is communication. We do not get enough of this in-between generations. The individuals from the Government Labor Office where white. The kids where black. Eliminating the business is one more way the haves can avoid putting up with the not haves. Eliminating the business takes away one of the last options lower income teens have outside of school.
I've read your articles and will continue to do so. I'm curious to see if this information will strike a chord.
Thank you, anonymous for now
PS: When referring to the haves and have nots I am talking about people with education versus people without. The gap is widening. Years ago uneducated people, especially in northern industrial Cities (especially in industrial trade jobs) could earn as much as professional people. That does not exist any more. The middle class is disappearing. I hope this is clear. Thanx