I had some difficulty with the title of this post because I don't know that snark is the best course of action here. Thursday, tomorrow, is Halloween and trick-or-treaters will be out in force. In my house I have Batman, Little Red Riding Hood and a USO Girl to get ready to go out with their dad while I stay behind and hand out candy. I've mentioned in years past that our neighborhood is big on Halloween. Last year I handed out about 400 Twizzlers. My elderly neighbors didn't hand out anything because getting up and down their steps is too difficult these days and they signalled their non-participation by leaving their porch light off.
All over the US that's how it's done. Lots of people choose to not participate for various reasons (Jehovah's Witnesses, for example) and leave their lights off. One woman in North Dakota is going to have her lights on and while she'll be handing out treats to some kids to others she'll be giving a whopping dose of humiliation. I haven't yet figured out how to link from my phone but Google "North Dakota Halloween Obesity Letter" and that alone should give you a clue. She'll be judging the kids who come to her door and those she thinks are too fat will get a note encouraging their parents to "ration" their candy consumption this year.
Who the fuck does this? If you think kids eat too much sugar then hand out Play Dough or pretzels or pencils or anything but this. This is cruel. Fabulous way to finish national End Bullying month, too. Imagine being one of the kids who gets this. Imagine being the parent of one of the kids who gets this. I'd be struggling with my inner George Hayduke (again, Google is your friend).
I hope this woman, whoever she is, has a change of heart. Failing that I hope she has a strong scrub brush and plenty of bleach because I predict her house is going to be egged from now till Christmas. I'll stop there before I really get in trouble. You all have a good week.