The Vending Machines Are Not All That and a Bag of Chips

THE VENDING MACHINES ARE NOT ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS -- Three students show their disapproval of the lunchroom vending machines.

Morgan Snyder

THE VENDING MACHINES ARE NOT ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS -- Three students show their disapproval of the lunchroom vending machines.

Morgan Snyder, Columnist

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Students and staff members at Central have strong opinions about dress code, earbuds, and even the vending machines. Some of their grievances have remained the same throughout the years, but the snacks have changed, and the complaints have come with them. It is common knowledge that the vending machines are owned by Coca-Cola, a multibillion dollar company that does not really need more money from high school students. The drinks are very low-sugar and low on calories, intending to be a more healthy alternative to regular soft drinks.

“Some of the drinks are good, but we should have more than zero calorie and sugar-free drinks,” said Senior Quinnus White.

Some students also have a lot to say about the water– Coke owned water brands such as Dasani and SmartWater have been known to be not up to par for consumption.

“We sell acidic water [such as Dasani and SmartWater] and it would be nice to switch to brands [that are] better for our bodies,” said Jazmynn Ball, another Central senior.

The drinks themselves are not the only problem; the prices also upset many.

“The snacks in the vending machines are too expensive and should be affordable for all staff and students. Additionally, they aren’t regularly stocked, especially in the teacher’s lounge,” stated Adam Fletcher, an English 12 teacher.

This goes to show that students are not the only ones affected by the machines.

The problems with Coke extend farther than humans. Coca-Cola owns a company called Fair Oaks Farms; one may be familiar with their dairy products under the name FairLife. Fair Oaks Farms has been proven to abuse their animals there at the farms. This causes many to wonder who they are really giving their money to when they spend that $1.25 for an aspartame filled bottle.

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