Son goes full 'Shawshank Redemption' by attempting to smuggle sugar packets out of restaurant

Peter Hartlaub discovers how intensely his son craved sugar when he caught him trying to smuggle five packets out of a restaurant in a carved-out breadstick. (Photo: Peter Hartlaub via Twitter)

Kids naturally seek out sugar. It may be because of a deep-rooted evolutionary urge to ingest sweet, caloric foods during rapid growth periods. Or, as Mary Poppins always puts it, “A teaspoon of sugar makes the medicine go down,” as sugar may relieve pain in children. Whatever the reason, children who are still growing crave sweets, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

Peter Hartlaub, a pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, found this out when he realized his 10-year-old son attempted to smuggle five packets of sugar out of a restaurant in a hollowed-out breadstick.


Hartlaub links the smuggling attempt to Shawshank Redemption, a movie and novel that involve a prison smuggler who helps a man escape from jail when he provides him with a Rita Hayworth poster and a rock hammer. The character spends 19 years chiseling a hole in the prison, hidden behind the poster of the famed Gilda actress, and ultimately escapes to Mexico.

For the suspicious, the young smuggler pulled off the stunt of hollowing out the bread to hide his loot possibly because of an accomplice. “It was a family event with 60 or so people. I’m guessing whoever was sitting near him thought it was hilarious and covered for him,” Hartlaub tweeted.


Other parents shared their own children’s crafty ways of sneaking food.


Too much sugar in a child’s diet can be linked to some issues later in their life, like obesity and type 2 diabetes, but who am I to judge? When I was a kid, I used to roll a stick of butter in sugar and eat it as a snack, and I turned out sort of OK.

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