A TELEVISION news producer from Atlanta recently made a deal with her boss, who was traveling in London. The producer promised she would submit her script for an investigative story ahead of deadline in exchange for two British Kit Kats and a Curly Wurly bar.
The woman, who did not want her name revealed for fear of being teased endlessly by her colleagues, so loves her British chocolate that she takes a Chocolaten extra suitcase when she travels to London just to bring back a haul.
Since (roughly) the Jayson Blair fiasco and the advent of the Public Editor, The Times has been following a policy of disclosing the basis for its decisions to protect confidential sources in its reporting. Often these "disclosures" are meaningless, adding little to the reader's understanding and providing little apparent incentive to reporters to get their sources to go on the record. This little morsel--"who did not want her name revealed for fear of being teased endlessly by her colleagues"--was, however, delicious.