Not Always Right | Fair Trade WaylaidThe "Fair Trade" program is rife with rhetorical obfuscations, ethical chicanery and implementational quandaries. All it has going for it is some good intentions (on the side of the baptists, if not the bootleggers). It's no wonder this customer seems a little confused.
Supermarket | United Kingdom
Customer: “Excuse me, where is the tea?”
Me: “Right this way.”
Customer: “Do you have any tea that isn’t fair trade?”
Me: “Excuse me?”
Customer: “Do you have any tea that isn’t fair trade? It’s more expensive!”
Me: “I’m sorry, but I think you are missing the point.”
Customer: “It’s more expensive! That isn’t very fair to me!”
PS For more on the "Fair Trade" program, please give this EconTalk episode with Mike Munger a listen.