PTA is like Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’

Dear PTA,

I’m all for bribery. It is how shit gets done in my house.

You want a friend over? Sure, go clean your room.

You want ice cream? Sure, go put your clothes away.

You want a snack before bed? Sure, eat your dinner.

It is simply how the world works. I get it.

But, when you attempt to bribe parents into joining the PTA with this Facebook post:

“Psssssst … PTA was granted EARLY ACCESS to the teacher list!!!!!

Come and join … sign up for the 2016/17 school year PTA membership and get an EXCLUSIVE, early preview of your child’s teacher and an icy, cold popsicle to beat the heat. Membership is only $5.”

… I can’t help but wonder … what is wrong with these people?


So, fine, I get it … it’s a membership drive. Great. Clearly new members are needed.

But what about those three (at least) parents who showed up tonight to only be turned away because they didn’t have the $5 lousy fee. One of them was apparently a new father to the district. His child was eager to see who his teacher would be and who would be in his class.

He actually was asked to leave the area.



My God. When did the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld take over the PTA?

I’m not sure, but as one mom put it:

“I’m pissed. They were acting like it was top secret info. Big fucking deal. They told me to check tomorrow. Well I won’t be helping them anymore. I think it’s a douche move on their part.”

And there you have it …

In a nutshell … no one should be turned away from the PTA – or as it stands now, perhaps, “Parents To Avoid?”


A Long-Ago Member








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9 Responses to PTA is like Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’

  1. Pingback: PTA is like Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’ – Parenthood: The New Crazy Train

  2. Looks like the pta wrote a long apology about the incident. Maybe you should update your post.

  3. Concerned Citizen says:

    Who doesn’t have $5 for a good cause?

    • It was received by some as “You want to know your teacher? Hand over $5 …” And people were turned away. Not everyone took it as a membership drive.

      • Concerned Citizen says:

        “So, fine, I get it … it’s a membership drive. Great. Clearly new members are needed.”. Your words, you were able to see it for what it was. Why does it matter how it was perceived anyway? It was $5. A venti caramel macchiato worth of investment to participate in some community building and getting to know the parents you’ll be interacting with for years to come. Sorry this all seems like an overreaction.

  4. Concerned parent says:

    Over reaction! Speak for yourself! I know plenty of parents that couldn’t go because they didn’t have the money. Move on with your comments if you don’t like what she wrote.

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