Tuesday, 14 July 2009
I work long hours at a convenience store and everyday I see all kinds of people stop by. The most frequent are children by themselves and i'm a little bothered about this- not necessarily because most of them are unsupervised, but what I see them buying for themselves. And i'm not talking about candy; the most popular item kids around the age of 10 buy is energy drinks. They aren't limiting themselves to redbull either but even purchase those 16 ounce cans and sometimes, even worse, those tiny extremely concentrated bottles(they're really expensive too!).
Naturally when I saw them first buying these drinks I was full of questions such as "is this allowed?" "Should I be selling this to them at all?" "are they going to be ok?" and I even asked them "are your parents ok with you buying this or know your drinking this?". Of course they answer yes although there had been one situation where a parent came to complain. But the thing is, I'm working for someone else and there isn't anything that says I can tell them what they can and cannot buy(this often creates more problems) so I let them, but there have been times when I've seen a child try to buy more than three in a short amount of time and just had to say no. However, i'm not the parent, shouldn't someone who is be supervising their own kids on what they buy? I'm sure most parents would keep an eye on what goes into their child's mind like a hawk but what about what's going into their body?
Further more, what will this do to these kids in the future? If you think about it, it'll end up like drugs if these children who arent able to control themselves and what they want at this age begin to create a dependancy on these drinks. Sooner or later what will be a normal level of "energy"?
There are very few energy drinks that actually have an age restriction on their drinks(usually to under 18) or feel the need to while most do not. Many say they are natural or healthy and there are even energy drinks made for children. But I still question how "healthy" a drink can be that charges people the way it does even if it claims it is and I especially doubt whether they're healthy if a young child is drinking it. Do kids need something to give them more energy than they already do?
I feel I can leave out the health facts out since the drinks vary and most people are aware of them, it can be left for discussion.
Should energy drinks have an age restriction, or stricter ones, for kids or do you think they're ok? Should parents supervise what they're children buy?