The S.T.A.K.E. Act
I mentioned here before I'd heard an ad on the radio trying to recruit guys or girls, 14 to 16, as "Tobacco Enforcement Agents". Not sure what that meant, at the time, but I heard the same ad yesterday and managed to get the phone number.
I just called that number and got a very live, and pleasant, lady on the other end.
She basically said what I expected: They want kids to try and buy cigarettes from businesses, and will pay them for doing so. Pay isn't much but, when you're a kid, money is more valuable than it would be to someone that has to pay bills.
They actually have a web site.
Sorry, but I'm not happy with this, despite the niceness of the girl I spoke with. We should also wonder just how far this will go. We've seen with drunk driving checkpoints, that police have expanded the purview of those quite a bit beyond their original intent.
Are these Tobacco Control Agent kids akin to another Hitler Youth type organization? Only time will tell, but I suspect they might well be. When kids are told it's ok to spy on other people, that often follows them through life.