Students at an elementary school had their lunches taken from them and thrown away because of outstanding balances on their accounts.

Cafeteria workers at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City seized the lunches when they realized that nearly 40 elementary students owed money, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. A district spokesman said the cafeteria workers weren't able to see who was in debt until after the lunches had already been handed out. The lunches reportedly had to be thrown out because after they were served to one students, they can't be served to another. The students whose lunches were taken away were given fruit and milk.

The move outraged parents, who claimed that their children were being punished and embarrassed in front of their peers for their parents' mistakes.