Woman Asks Slate if She Has to Give Candy to Poor Kids

Should the wealthy give out their “good” candy to the less fortunate? Slate’s Dear Prudence weighs in

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A well-to-do reader asks for advice on how to celebrate Halloween when children keep showing up to trick-or-treat. The nerve!

A decidedly separatist one-percenter recently asked Slate’s Emily Yoffe (also known as Dear Prudence) whether, given her prime real estate in “one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country,” she was obligated to honor the giving tradition of Halloween for the “75 percent of the trick-or-treaters” who are “clearly not from this neighborhood.”

The pleading plutocrat continues, “Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children.”

Thankfully, Prudie’s response was less than sympathetic:

“Dear 99,

In the urban neighborhood where I used to live, families who were not from the immediate area would come in fairly large groups to trick-or-treat on our streets, which were safe, well-lit, and full of people overstocked with candy… Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live.”

Read the full exchange on Slate

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy


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