Friday, August 21, 2020

For the kids who were only warned about free candy

found on Acid Cow

The admonition about not taking candy from strangers always struck me as oddly specific. What if the stranger had something healthy like an apple instead? Was that somehow OK? What if they had a snack platter with all sorts of different things? Were we only supposed to avoid the candy and take the chips instead?

Especially since this was advice for children, it seems unreasonable to expect them to extrapolate from one specific piece of advice and apply it in a bunch of other similar but different scenarios as well - but perhaps parents didn't anticipate predators would adapt.