A California woman's rant calling out her neighbors for handing out "cheap" Halloween candy went viral after she shared some choice words with her neighborhood watch Facebook group in Rancho Cucamonga.
The post, which someone took a screenshot of and was then shared on Twitter by BesetofNextdoor, starts out by saying, "Over the last three Halloweens, I've noticed candy stock has become more and more diluted with cheap candy. I don't know if this trend is the result of the higher bills or even the new constructions, but cheap candy has somehow infiltrated our community for Halloween and it has to stop."
She goes on to cite Dum Dums, Smarties and Jolly Ranchers as unacceptable. "And please, for God's sake, leave those Peep candies alone. No one, and I mean NO ONE, wants those terrible marshmallow tragedies," she writes.
"We are an affluent neighborhood and this status should be reflected in our candy provisions for Halloween. Standard full or KING size candy is the bar (pun intended) we set for our community on Halloween," she says.
For those who already purchased "fun size bars" for the holiday, the woman advises that they give trick-or-treaters four to six of them to equal a full candy bar.
The woman's three-paragraph post ends with an explanation of sorts: "It's a calculated loss to the trick-or-treaters after you adjust for inflation and the opportunity cost of what they could have received elsewhere if they had just skipped your house."
Twitter users were quick to respond to the rant, speculating that "the neighborhood kids got together to send a message."
According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, shoppers will spend an average of $86.27 on Halloween in 2019, totaling $8.8 billion spent overall in the U.S.
More specifically, $2.6 billion is predicted to be spent on Halloween candy in the U.S. However, if any houses want to really make their house worthwhile for trick-or-treaters, they can start by handing out 2019's most popular Halloween candy.
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