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Originally posted by spiralarchitect
Just tell them no. Empower yourself. Quit empowering government by waiting for them to make laws to give you permission to use common sense.
True.. you can say No.. we can even not sell Energy drinks or anything else you find harmful to minors.. what do you think will happen next?
The kid goes to the store next to you and buys whatever it wants..
So what you're doing there is just moving the responsibility down the road.
Or you could go to the other store/s and tell them not to sell the product themselves.
If they listen, Same scenario as above happens.
If they don't, there's nothing you can do.
If on the other hand. Society(me, you, all of us) took a stand against garbage feeding our kids, and forced them to make junk food/drinks illegal, then the whole thing changes.
Jaimie Oliver did this with macdonalds and forced them to make their junk healthier, and to include salads etc to their menus.
The empowerment comes with knowledge.
It's education to the parents and as an effect to the kids that we need. And laws that protect the consumer (even against multinational corporations that bring out this junk food/drinks).
Take a stand? Isn't that what refusing to sell that garbage is? Taking a stand?
or you could continue to say, "Well, they will get it somewhere. Might as well be me".
If you want to take a stand, then do it. Are you going to wait for the rest of the world to do it first?
I think making more laws is the exact wrong approach. We used to have "let the buyer beware" as a cornserstone of commerce. Then, somewhere along the way, we all bought into the nanny state. Now, no one wants to think on their own. They want laws to protect them.
Meanwhile, those of us who can think for ourselves have to live in this dumbed down, nerf covered world.
If you want change, BE change. But don't pretend that you care when you aren't willing to turn down 12% profit margin on a can of energy drink.
If you had a child of that age, do you really think you would know everything they are doing when they go and hang out with their friends?