Halloween brings ghosts, goblins, witches … and the tax man.
We started this week with a Halloween-themed post on the growing trend of taxing sugary treats such as candy and soda. The vast majority of our readers were against the idea, with one even calling for throwing candy bars in the Boston Bay a la the Tea Party.
Are we seeing the birth of a new political movement: The Sugar Party? Probably not, but the message was clear: While some of you think people should pay an extra price for a sweet treat, most of you don’t think a sweets tax is the way to combat obesity or government funding shortfalls.
“This tax has nothing to do with obesity; what it is is simply a revenue grab by the government. Nothing wrong with candy or soda; what business is it of the government - which cannot even balance its own checkbook - to tell us what we can and cannot eat?” one reader wrote.
Other envisioned a kind of Prohibition-era response:
“When this happens I will be in the kitchen making my own, then bootlegging it to all who wants it,” one reader wrote.
Sounds yummy, but what if you’d rather enjoy your sweet treat in a restaurant? Another popular post this week reported on a study finding that the type of people who won’t tell anyone when they experience bad customer service are also the type who will tip more despite the bad experience.
On our Today Money Facebook page, many readers said that they are more than happy to tell someone if they are served a bad meal or don’t get good customer service. But some admitted that they are hesitant to speak up — except maybe later, on Facebook.
“I don't usually say anything because I refuse to have ‘new’ food cooked for me after complaining about the food they served me. I will say the ribs at Ruby Tuesday really sucked yesterday and I should have said something,” one reader wrote.
If you are considering stiffing your server, maybe you should consider whether that person is working to get a costly college degree. Our readers also had a lot to say this week about a post noting that the college class of 2010 graduated with more debt than ever before.
The high cost of college had a lot of readers wondering whether college is even worth it, and what can be done to fix the problem. One reader even wrote a college paper on it.