Lobdell, dessert, and ARA -- the perfect crime
ARA seems to be taking its reusable dinnerware program a step too far. The food service is now reusing even food in an attempt to make up for dwindling revenues. The script reads like a bad rip-off scam:
The dates: Saturday, Sept. 8 thru Sunday, Sept. 9.
The scene: La Sala de Puerto Rico on the first floor of the student center, where a wonderful reception for freshman parents was held.
The suspect: ARA, MIT's food service.
The victims: MIT students buying dessert at Lobdell on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The weapon: An array of tempting cookies and pastries.
The plot: On Saturday, ARA serves freshmen and parents a fancy, elaborate display of designer finger foods. As the event draws to a close, waiters hurriedly gather the leftovers into baskets with their bare hands.
The plot thickens: Sunday morning, the exact same dainty leaf-shaped cookies, brownies topped with powdered sugar, and poppy-seed cake were put up for sale in Lobdell.
The crime: MIT was billed for the reception catered by ARA. MIT students were charged $.22 per ounce for the same items. Therefore, ARA made a double profit on this reused food. Surely there's a health or bill-of-sale law which prevents this?
The outcome: ARA's response was that they would "look into it."
My opinion: Perhaps MIT should "look into" another food service option during its evaluation process this year. (This opinion does not necessarily represent the views of the Undergraduate Association.)
Colleen Schwingel '92->