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Student Suspended for Selling Illicit Full-Sugar Pepsi Out of His Locker


Lethbridge Herald

Alberta high school student Keenan Shaw was suspended for two days after he got caught selling an illicit substance from his locker at Winston Churchill his school. Weed? Nope. Booze? Nope. Acid? Nope. 

Shaw says all those treats (and more) are on offer in the school's corridors:

"I'm not going to name any names, but I know a couple of people selling marijuana, there's kids selling smokes, there was a kid last year selling meth, as well as a kid selling acid," said Shaw. 

But his drug of choice is full-sugar Pepsi. Commerce in the sweet, sweet drink is banned at his school, which allows only diet sodas to be sold on premises. 

This case of capitalism gone awry started small in Grade 9:

The Grade 12 student, who realized only diet pop was being sold in the cafeteria, made the short trek to a local grocery store to pick up a case of Pepsi.

"I decided if I wanted a pop, maybe others do, too," he said.

Shaw brought it back to Churchill, and within 20 minutes, sold every can of pop.

"From an entrepreneurial perspective, he said, 'Wait a second, I just paid $5 for a case of pop and got $12 back,'" said his mother, Alyssa Shaw-Letourneau, whose son sold the pop for $1 a can. "From a business perspective, it's smart."

Shaw says he'll abandon his soda sales rather than risk expulsion.