Parents Shouldn’t Teach Their Children To Panhandle at Publix


When I was a kid I learned how to sell, not how to beg

By: Sharon Aron Baron

On Sunday morning, as I approached the Publix at Midway Plaza in Tamarac to buy groceries, I saw two adorable little girl dressed up in cheerleading outfits in front and was wondering what they were selling. I knew I’d be suckered into buying either cookies or candy bars for their cause as I’m always a softy for little kids selling things.

I was surprised when one of the cute cheerleading girls approached me and offered me nothing. She just waved a bowl in front of me and asked me for money for their team.

I watched as the parent sat idly nearby, and allowed this horrible lesson in entrepreneurship to go on. Shoppers were offered nothing in exchange for the money the team needed, as they were hoping for handouts from Publix shoppers that day.

Parents of the Tamarac Cougars who permitted this, should take a look at the lesson they are teaching their children. As parents, we must make our children work for the money they earn and this lesson starts at an early age. Teaching children to panhandle to raise money for causes, or organizations negates your duty as a parent, and as a leader.

From an early age, I was selling girl scout cookies, washing cars, or making really [badly] baked goods to sell for a quarter at bake sales. ¬† We never would think about approaching someone with a bowl and asking for money, and your children shouldn’t either.

Our next generation should not feel like they are entitled to someone else’s money just because they need it. ¬†They must know how to earn it.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident’s a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That’s why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • jennifer

    Hi Sharon…. I agree totally… I posted a similar rant on facebook when I ran into a similar situation at an Orlando Publix recently. The message the kids get is that they need do nothing but hold out their hands. What is wrong with this picture? everything.

  • yebbasue

    I agree but at least their parents were nearby! It’s much worse when young football players are in the streets with their helmets out asking for money – they are lucky IF a coach is nearby. It’s so dangerous!

  • Patti Lynn

    I have mixed feelings. I usually talk the kids, ask them what they’re collecting for, and why…then I usually give. A lot of kids have parents who are able to subsidize their teams, so they are not working for uniforms, travel fees, etc. Sorry…the price of Girl Scout Cookies is outrageous. To think that those kids are “working” for their cause is far fetched. Parents take them to work, hit up the relatives, etc.
    ALL of the kids deserve a chance.

    • David

      What you just said doesn’t make any sense. Whether or not the kids or teams need the money is irrelevant. How much the price of cookies are, not an issue. These kids aren’t learning anything by becoming little beggers. Let them learn how to sell something. That’s the point she’s making. I’m tired of seing this crap everywhere as well. Needs to change and can only change with the parents. Isn’t a matter of giving the kids a chance either. That’s a bunch of BS. Teach the kids I say.

  • Ed Forbes

    Odd, as Publix does not allow soliciting on at their stores.

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    • Not a perfect parent

      Sorry about the caps.