Who are the despicable adults behind the youngsters standing in front of supermarkets asking you to buy candy to “help keep kids off drugs”?


    I once bought a newspaper subscription from one of them and the paper never arrived, so I’m not entirely impartial. According to Earlene Williams of Parentwatch.org, kids peddling candy, newspaper subscriptions, or household cleaners often work for transient crews set up all over the country. Crew chiefs buy the product wholesale and recruit eager but underage children to sell it. Traveling together in vans and camping out at area motels, the junior salespeople are promised a 50-cent commission that sometimes never comes. That’s when they call Williams’s group to arrange for a way out. Her advice: Buy your candy at a store.