They got me wondering. Am I so ancient that I am not aware that fast food joints seems to be the latest ‘cafeteria’ for school kids? Just take a look at the pictures below.
The school kids, buying lunch at McD.
Look closely. McD is practically full of patrons who are actually school kids, and majority of them are not accompanied by their parents, but they’re sitting in groups, with their peers, happily eating and yakking away during lunch time. They did not come with their teachers for certain event or competition too, mind you.
It made me wonder… McD… is not exactly cheap, despite of their promotions during lunchtime. I mean… these kids got to have at least more than Rm10 in their pocket to be able to afford to eat this stuff. From what I understand through these kids’ conversation during lunch time, they have lunch in McD quite often. Some of the cashier even know their regular orders.
I’m not going to lecture about my concern over the nutritional values that these kids are taking. After all, I don’t quite give a damn about all these stuff. I’m the kind who would eat whatever that’s served on the table, as long as I’m not allergic to it and it tastes nice.
What I’m wondering is, how much these kids bring to school? Their pocket money must have been a lot to be able to afford eating at fast food joints quite often. Back in my time in school… I didn’t get enough pocket money to afford eating at fast food joints like this. My dad only gave me enough to spend in the cafeteria, and my daily spending at the cafeteria usually does not exceed RM2.50, considering that my mum usually packs up some home cook meal for me to enjoy during recess and lunchtime if I need to stay back in school.
Another issue that came to mind is safety. This McD is not exactly within walking distance to any school. That would mean these kids traveled by public transport and whatnot to get there. Shouldn’t this be somewhat a concern?
I almost never need to have lunch outside like these kids. I think I can say that I’m extremely lucky that I can have lunch at home every day. My mum cooks for the family everyday, for every single meal. Breakfast, lunch, tea-time, supper, you name it.
We only eat out occasionally. I’ve always preferred to eat at home. The food tastes better and it’s cooked to my liking. The only thing that we eat out is probably just the KFC… when I’m not feeling well or when my dad have the craving for some fast food.
I don’t remember my friends being able to afford to eat at the fast food joints frequently like these kids either. It’s unheard of.They would either eat at the school cafeteria or at home too. Their mum sometimes are working mothers, but back then, families subscribed to those monthly home-cook food to be delivered to the doorsteps, and growing kids are not deprived of home-cooked meals.
Time changes a lot of things, eh? Apart from having adopted fast food joints as a place to lurk instead of the usual mamak and cafeterias, the kids these days certainly are spoiled rotten.
I wonder if the kids knows the value of money, seeing how privileged most of them are. I don’t think kids of this era will have the memories of having their mum packing up stuff for them to enjoy during lunch or recess, unless they are in kindergarten, that is.
Cleffairy: ‘Maintenance fees’ for raising kids/teenagers these days is certainly a killer!