Stealing food steals time: long lines bring even shorter lunch


by James Grant
Eagle Staff

I024f you have not seen it yourself, you have

probably heard about it.

Over the past couple of years, some students have been helping themselves to sandwiches and snacks in the cafeteria and slipping past the cashier

without paying for their food.

Unfortunately, the consequences of their actions are far-reaching.

The long lines in the cafeteria this semester are a direct result of the thefts

Now everyone must get in one line to pay for their food rather than two, a system created to help prevent the lunch thieves, but it is taking a toll on

the already short period.

“You see a lot of freshmen actually running to the line,” freshman Mikkel Chaisson said.

Honest, paying students who are hungry and just want to get their food and go hang out at their table are spending most of their lunch break in line.

“If you’re at the end of the line, it takes about 20 minutes,” Chaisson said.

Lunch is a time the majority of students look forward to throughout the first half of their school day.

Students just want to go relax and hang out with their friends and talk about all the usual topics: sports, social life, girls, and what is happening at St. Thomas.

Since St. Thomas students are guys, and many of them are athletes, it is important for them to feed their bodies, not only in order to think and focus while learning at school, but also to stay healthy

and maintain a high level of energy when playing sports and leading the Eagles to victory.

Eating and sleeping are two vital aspects of the life of St. Thomas students.

Now the constant long lines full of students waiting to buy and pay for food in the cafeteria leave them with almost no time to eat, enjoy or digest their food.

Students may have only about five minutes to eat every day, and on a recent day, some students were carrying their food to the tables when the bell rang signaling the end of lunch.

For them, it signaled another day without enough time to eat lunch.

“The long lines are terrible,” junior Sean Brennan said.

Stealing food is stealing time away from students who look forward to resting and recharging their bodies and minds during lunch, which can in turn lead to a loss of focus in the classroom and

struggles in sports.

One other cafeteria issue students are complaining about is the “no free refills” rule, put into effect as of this year and another problem for St. Thomas students. Students who buy lunch and are able

to eat and finish their drink before the bell rings are no longer allowed to refill their drink without standing in line and paying again. One idea that may help solve both issues is to bring back the

vending machines. These vending machines will ensure that students pay for their drinks and will cut down on lines of thirsty students.

Stealing food and snacks has led to consequences for the students at St. Thomas who pay for their lunch, so don’t be surprised if a hungry Eagle takes you down if you try to grab a sandwich and slip

past the cashier. No one likes to wait in those long lines.



James Grant is a senior at St. Thomas.