DENVER — Around town, John Butts is known as the Pezident, thanks to his prolific collection of Pez candy dispensers
, according to The Denver Post.
Butts, the chief custodian at Washington Elementary School
, began collecting the dispensers about 13 years ago, after inheriting a dozen or so of them from his predecessor, who distributed the candies to encourage a peaceful lunchtime cafeteria, the article stated.
For years, Butts had a confectioner''s license, which allowed him to buy the dispensers by the case, the article noted.
"It''s easier to collect whole sets that way," Butts sad.
"When my partner and I travel to Europe in the summer, I take an empty trunk that''s 4 by 2 feet and 2 1/2 feet deep. Then we go to pharmacies and grocery stores while everyone else in the group is at the tourist attractions," Butts added.
According to the article, European Pez is different from American Pez: "[There are] different characters. There''s one Disney set that includes characters that aren''t in the American version of the same set."