Steal­ing from chil­dren’s school meals is as low as one can go

The Nation - - OPINION & ANALYSIS - David Brown

Re “Su­rat Thani school boss dis­missed”, Na­tional, June 13.

I can­not imag­ine how any­one with a con­science would steal food from the plates of school­child­ren. The pic­ture show­ing the kid’s nearly empty plate with a small hand­ful of plain noo­dles with­out top­pings and gar­nishes is shock­ing and dis­heart­en­ing.

Or­di­nary bribery and cor­rup­tion in­volves the trans­fer of money or some­thing worth money from one cof­fer to the other. Cor­rup­tion of this kind de­prives chil­dren of the nour­ish­ment they need for their nor­mal growth – a loss that can­not be re­trieved.

It would be un­ac­cept­able if this was a case of mal­prac­tice by the school’s pur­chas­ing or kitchen staff, let alone the school’s high­est ex­ec­u­tive ap­pointed by the Ed­u­ca­tion Author­ity.

As the Su­rat Thani Gov­er­nor said, “the case of pupils fed with plain rice noo­dles and fish sauce” was a bad ap­ple that has af­fected the whole of Su­rat Thani ed­u­ca­tion. Shouldn’t the Gov­er­nor take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine the rest of the ap­ples on the tree too? pe­riod, but when your 1 month sub­scrip­tion au­to­mat­i­cally re­news on July 13, 2018, you will be billed $9.99 for the pe­riod.”

Can any­one make sense of this? A free trial pe­riod of three months, but they will start charg­ing me in one month’s time.

The other thing is the ex­treme dif­fi­culty in cancelling sub­scrip­tions like this. The above ex­am­ple in­cluded a web­site for con­fir­ma­tion or can­cel­la­tion, but when you click on it, it takes you all over the place, but nowhere near any­thing that says you want to can­cel the sub­scrip­tion that you un­wit­tingly walked into.

I won’t fall for your tricks again, bad Ap­ple.

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