The Economics of the Candy Jar
Nicole Dieker

I had a candy dish at my first job because 1) I love candy and 2) I was trying to be nice. The dish was on top of a medium-height shelf that was between my desk and the door to our department. I made $28,000 to start, just outside of DC, which meant I was living with my parents and carpooling 2 hours per day. Everyone came by to eat the candy. Some people came by so often that even though we were a very small office, I had to buy a bag or more of candy per week. Fun size chocolates are not cheap. Some people were sneakier about the candy than others. People would complain if the candy dish was empty, or if I didn’t have a certain kind of candy that they wanted. That experience soured me on candy dishes altogether.

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