Twelve-year-old Mason Kisner of Rio Rancho (NM) says he was just taking advantage of a misprogrammed Pepsi-Cola machine that gave him two sodas for the price of one. The school claims Mason "manipulated" the machine from the outside (an act that Pepsi-Cola claims is impossible) and gave him an in-school suspension for being a thief. The incident is allegedly the "talk of the town" in Rio Rancho.
My advice is, move to Rio Rancho right now. I mean, if the school has a spot in the suspension classroom for kids who get two cans of soda for the price of one, and the town has no more pressing topic for talk radio and local news broadcasts than these types of shenanigans, I'd say it sounds like a pretty safe (if somewhat slow-paced) place to live.
Update: Hold on a minute. Best of the Web points out that Rio Rancho High School is the very same school where a teacher brandished a gun - and yet was still offered a teaching contract, pending outcome of his trial - while one student was suspended for having a one-inch penknife, and another was jailed for five days for having a hunting knife in his car.
In other words, Rio Rancho seems to be Ground Zero for Zero-Tolerance Idiocy. I foresee Lawsuit # 3 being filed against the school in the near future...Posted by kswygert at November 3, 2003 12:27 PM