Money-grubbing Waikato Stadium, hosting the FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup, barred a class of Fairfield Intermediate School kids of Hamilton from entering the stadium till they dumped their cut lunches in rubbish bins under the watchful eyes of security guards. "Watch out Jimmy's got an orange, Marama's got an offensive weapon - a celery stick..."
Yes, yes, we know about licensed premises - concessions have to make a profit to fund the sport, yes, the school might have had formal notification etc, etc. But what about the kids who had to go without lunch, about the waste of food, the hard earned money wasted of many parents scratching out enough to feed their kids?
What will the kids remember of their day at the soccer - the game or some unreasonable adults tossing away their food?
And FIFA will be delighted with yet more bad publicity, especially in a country where rugby is still way ahead as "football" when it comes to winter sports.
Sometimes you just have to do the right thing. Is it that difficult? Couldn't someone have applied a bit of common sense, exercised a relatively small "executive decision"? Were the extra few bucks really worth it?
So, the kuaka weekly award for stupidity and shame goes to the management of Waikato Stadium.
Now watch the Childrens Commissioner weigh in on the issue...