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Dad Accidentally Sics Internet On School That Shamed Him For His Daughter’s Unhealthy Bag Lunch

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A substitute teacher sent a note home to a set of parents (one of whom is a doctor) that sent their child to school with a bag lunch the cafeteria deemed inappropriate. This is basically my nightmare. Dad wasn’t horrified at all, though. He was just like, “Hey, I’m a doctor. If I want to fill my kid’s lunch bag with crap, I will.” Just kidding! He didn’t say that. But I bet he thought it.

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Four chocolate bars, a bag of marshmallows, some Ritz crackers and a pickle. Thank you doctor, for making me feel better about the usually inferior bag lunch I pack my child. Compared to yours, it’s a gourmet bento. Justin Puckett posted a photo of the note to his Facebook page last week with this explanation:

Big brother……….At least get your facts straight before intruding. I was aware of her lunch contents. Four pieces of ham, low fat string cheese, pickles, 4 marshmallows, and a small piece of dark chocolate (she did have 2 extra pieces, one for her brother and another for a friend who we know well and her parents are ok with this). There were no crackers. Sure, I’d liked her to pack a few more veggies and maybe a piece of fruit, but we compromise on pickles occasionally. How would you respond to this note?

I would crumble it up, pretend it never happened, and try to pull myself out of the spiral of guilt dumb things like this send me into. The doctor handled it much better than I would have, by writing “request denied” in the signature space.

As per usual, the note went viral. People, if you don’t want certain aspects of your life being picked up and discussed by the internet, here’s a tip: you know that little globe icon that comes up next to the photos you post on Facebook? Click on it and make sure it’s not set to “public” next time you post something. Puckett did not do that, and apparently his school is getting a lot unwanted feedback from the general public. He took to his Facebook page to reprimand those who are contacting the school: “It is absolutely inexcusable what some have done from afar, sending faxes and emails to the school. You [sic] action and choice of words far exceeds anything done in the letter of discussion (completely indecent). Stop this non-productive action immediately.”

Wow. People still fax things?

This lunch bag may not sound like the most nutritious thing ever, but I’m sure we’re all aware how our kids go through weird phases. I completely understand packing whatever you think your kid would eat; I wouldn’t have signed this note either. But in the future, if you don’t want to drum up a bunch of drama for your school, maybe don’t publish a note like this that you know people will react to – publicly. The little globe, people. Use it.

(photo: Facebook)

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