Is McDonalds Creepy?


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According to the Consumerist a few weeks back, the Center for Science in the Public Interest threatened to sue McDonalds for putting toys in Happy Meals. Apparently, they don’t like the idea of McDonalds enticing little boys and girls with toys. The director of the company stated that: “Tempting kids with toys is unfair and deceptive, both to kids who don’t understand the concept of advertising, and to their parents, who have to put up with their nagging children.”

Wait. What? Why are they targeting McDonalds only? Does the CSPI plan to sue EVERY restauraunt who places a toy in their kid’s meals? The last time I checked, most places do this. Why is this so wrong? It gives me the creeps to know that some idiot at the CSPI thinks this way… likening Mickey D’s to a child predator. Seriously?

McDonalds responded, stating they are not like the “standers in the playground handing out candy to children.” Rock on Ronald! Don’t give in to someone who is simply trying to make a name for themselves by filing an idiotic lawsuit against a big company.

What do you think? Is McDonalds really creepy, or is this lawsuit the culprit?

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No Kids Meal Toys in Fattening Fare

Santa Clara County out in California has announced that they will now regulate what kids meals are allowed to give away toys in the hopes that your children will become healthier. Any meal which has more than 485 calories, 600 milligrams of sodium will no longer be allowed to offer a toy along with dinner. Additionally, if the meal has more than 35 percent of calories from fat or more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar, the toy ban will be imposed.

County Supervisor Ken Yeager says that the new ordinance will “prevent restaurants from preying on children’s love of toys to peddle high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium kids’ meals.” This, of course, rules out those super-awesome Happy Meal toys that every child crave. Can you imagine where the world would be right now if we had never had the Beanie Baby craze several years ago? I shudder to think about it, honestly.

While I applaud the fact that the county wants to promote healthy eating, I cannot help but think there has to be a better way. Why are you going to deprive children of something they love because of bad choices their parents make for them?

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