Group Sues McDonald’s For Happy Meal Toys

Apropos of Vincent’s post below, an advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is suing McDonald’s for including toys in its Happy Meals, claiming the toys “lure” children into eating high-fat foods and contribute to childhood obesity.This comes hot on the heels of a decision by Santa Clara County, California to ban fast food restaurants in the county from using toys in their meals.

Here’s a quote from some thumb-sucker at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. See if you can read it without throwing up in your mouth:

“McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” Stephen Gardner, litigation director for the advocacy group said in a statement. “McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children’s developmental immaturity.”

Hmm, Now, I don’t know, but it seems to me that, if you don’t want your precious little snowflake to become a quivering mound of fat, you could just not feed it McDonald’s. I know plenty of people whose parents didn’t allow them to eat fast food as a child.

Or I guess you could go the easier route: Sue a mega-corporation and tacitly admit that you’re a sad-sack who compulsively shifts responsibility away from individuals (read: you) and onto nebulous entities (read: “corporatism,” “manipulative advertising,” etc.) that have no real coercive power over your actions as a parent.

Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot this was in the “public interest.” By all means, continue.

But seriously, how long will it be before the government, led by a group of blubbering finger-pointers, starts telling us what we can and can’t eat in our own homes?

P.S. The San Diego County Fair is happening right now, and I hear tell there are deep-fried churros filled with butter for sale. That’s right: deep fried butter glazed with cinnamon and sugar. I’m going to eat one while thinking about how much I hate the public interest.


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