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Woman Hands Out Notes, not candy to Obese Trick or Treaters

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Apparently compassion is apparently in short supply in North Dakota.

A woman near Fargo is evaluating which trick or treaters who show up at her house should get candy and which kids could use a diet.  If a kid who she considers “moderately obese” shows up that kid gets a note to take home to their parents instead of a candy treat.

Here is what the notes say, “You are probably wondering why your child has this note: have you ever heard the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’? I am disappointed in the ‘village’ of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo.  You (sic) child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season  My hope is you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits.”

Huh?  What?

Hey Fargo lady, mind your own business.  Be kind.  If you don’t want to open the door for chubby trick or treaters, then don’t.  But don’t stick the note in their bag.  Those kids will see the note. They are six and seven and eight years old.  Isn’t exposure to this kind of note, potentially damaging and hurtful to these kids?

We do have an obesity problem.  But this isn’t the answer.  Apparently we also have a problem with common sense and compassion.

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