What Does Regular Pepsi Have to Do with the Declaration of Independence?

Selling regular Pepsi can put you in strange company—like that of the Founding Fathers, the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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To see what I mean, take a look at this quiz, “How Much Do You Know about Liberty?” from the Foundation for Economic Education. Note especially the second question:

Which great American patriot was called the “Prince of Smugglers”?

Here is the answer:

John Hancock (1737-1793), the resourceful Boston merchant who defied British mercantilist restrictions and, with his sloop Liberty, smuggled cloth, hardware, coal, wine, tea, and other contraband. He led protests against British taxes. Hancock was president of the Second Continental Congress, the first elected governor of Massachusetts, and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Reportedly, a quarter of the signers were smugglers.

What does that have to do with regular Pepsi?

I refer to regular Pepsi as opposed to diet Pepsi. Here’s a story about it from the Daily News: “Canadian teen suspended from school for selling Pepsi out of his locker.”

A Canadian high school student was suspended for dealing cans of Pepsi from out of his locker.

Keenan Shaw was banned from attending Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, Alberta, for two days last week after educators rumbled his booming bootlegging operation.

The 17-year-old was told his blossoming business “violated the school’s nutrition and marketing policies” — which bans sugary sodas from being sold on campus.

He was also warned about operating a company without a license and told he will be expelled if he flouts the rules on his return.

A furious Shaw said he was stunned at the “over-the-top” punishment — especially, he claims, when more illicit deals are going down on school property at the same time.

“I’m not going to name any names, but I know a couple of people selling marijuana,” he told CBC News. “There’s kids selling smokes, there was a kid last year selling meth, as well as a kid selling acid.”

I realize that this is a story from Canada. But we know it is only a matter of time before a student is caught starting a school business by smuggling food to school that Michelle Obama prohibits.