A school has admitted removing chips from its menu after they become too popular at lunchtimes.No, I know what you're thinking. But this isn't another 'obesity' panic.
King Edmund School, in Rochford (Ed: yup, that one!), has confirmed it has temporarily removed the potato snacks from its lunchtime menu due to the high volume of pupils using the canteen during the two 25-minute breaks they receive.
One student who approached the Echo stated that the change to the menu was the result of a “chaos” breaking out in the canteen queue.How so?
He said: “The school would always sell chicken and chips or fish and chips every Friday which were undoubtedly the canteen’s most popular item. Around 600 to 800 students would pass through the canteen every Friday purchasing chips.
“However, on February 1, within minutes of break time starting, students were grabbing one another, jumping against each other and even shoving each other over just to get to the front.”That's undoubtedly a behavioural issue, but trying to serve 800 students in 50 minutes? McDonald's would struggle with that!
Why such a short break period?
The spokesman added: “Students currently receive two 25-minute breaks during the school day, during which they can access the canteen and purchase food.
“They are also able to purchase food from the canteen at the end of the school day at 2.10pm.”2.10! Things have changed since my day, that's for sure!