Nanny state bans toys in Happy Meals

posted at 8:55 pm on April 28, 2010 by Cassy Fiano

I have such fond memories of Happy Meals. Not today’s Happy Meals, with all of the crazy toys that are marketed towards whatever craze or fad is in at the moment, but the Happy Meals you used to get when I was a kid. Those were the days. You would pull up to the drive-thru, and they would ask if you needed a girl Happy Meal or a boy Happy Meal. Boys usually got miniature racecars, and girls usually got some kind of miniature Barbie. And you got this special box and everything. My brother and I didn’t get them all the time, but when we did, it was a treat. It wasn’t just the toy, it was everything. It was the special box you got with the games on it, the toys that you could collect, getting something that was just for kids. Kids love that kind of stuff. That was the same time when you could have birthday parties at fast food restaurants and they went all out. My brother’s fourth birthday party was at Burger King. I still love watching that home video. There was a Burger King employee that organized the entire party. Every kid got crowns and a balloon. They set up games. And the employee would make announcements and actually took time to make the party fun.

It was such a simpler time twenty years ago. A better time, really.

Today’s nanny-state bureaucrats would happily rob kids of these kind of fond memories. A California county has now banned toys from any meal that they have deemed to be unhealthy.

No toy for you, Junior.

Not if you live in unincorporated Santa Clara County, where the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban restaurants from giving away toys with children’s meals that exceed set levels of calories, fat, salt and sugar.

The ordinance, which the board passed by a 3-2 vote, is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. The target is the fast-food industry and what critics call its practice of marketing unhealthful food to children and fueling an epidemic of obesity among the young.

“This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes,” said the law’s author, Supervisor Ken Yeager. “Obviously, toys in and of themselves do not make children obese. But it is unfair to parents and children to use toys to capture the tastes of children when they are young and get them hooked on eating high-sugar, high-fat foods early in life.”

OK, stop right there. That sentence really makes me angry. Why? Because this idiot is acting as if the toys beckon to children, forcing them to eat the fatty, unhealthy food. It’s all the fault of the toys, not the parents or the kids themselves!! Because of the toys, kids are unable to resist eating at McDonald’s. And heaven knows, if a kid wants something, then their parent must provide it to them!

Acting as if toys are the culprit in this — not irresponsible parents who can’t understand the word NO — is ludicrous. Is the problem here that little Kenny’s parents never took him to get a Happy Meal or something?

Yeager said he hopes the law will inspire cities and counties across the country to follow suit like “ripples that create a wave.”

The law bans toy giveaways in children’s meals that contain more than 485 calories, derive more than 35 percent of their calories from fat or 10 percent from added sweeteners, or have more than 600 mg of sodium. The totals are based on children’s health standards set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

… Members of the California Restaurant Association were unsure if they will offer an alternative to the ordinance, said Amalia Chamorro, the association’s director of governmental affairs.

“If the point is to get a dialogue going with the industry about health, that dialogue is already ongoing,” Chamorro said. “If the point is to solve childhood obesity, taking away a toy isn’t going to help.”

Chamorro said her members will “obey the laws of the land,” but she said she feared the new ordinance could unintentionally punish all child-friendly restaurants. “Where does it stop? Restaurants that offer crayons and coloring books?”

At least one parent, interviewed at a Burger King on Race Street and West San Carlos in an unincorporated area near San Jose, agreed with the restaurant group that the law amounted to government overreaching.

“I don’t need politicians to tell me what I can and can’t buy for my kid,” said Chris Mackey, who bought his daughter, Cattie, a Kids Meal that included an “Iron Man 2″ action figure. “We don’t come in here every day, and I don’t associate giving my daughter a toy with giving her bad food. This is a private matter between me and my child.”

That’s exactly why this law is so infuriating to anyone with a modicum of common sense. Yes, childhood obesity is a huge, ongoing problem. The culprit is not Ronald McDonald or Happy Meal toys. The cuplrit is all of the parents out there who let their children eat fast food several times a week; the parents who let their kids play Xbox for hours every day; the parents who never turn off the TV or ban access to the computer.

Case in point: myself. I certainly ate a good amount of fast food as a kid. But I also was not allowed inside the house when it was daylight unless I was doing my homework or reading. Playing Nintendo? Watching TV? Absolutely forbidden. My brother and I grew up being active. We rode bikes, we rollerbladed, we ran around like kids are supposed to do. And it worked. We were both skinny as rails. I, in particular, was tiny. I was even made fun of in middle school for being so skinny (up until about eighth grade, when puberty struck and my curves came in).

I seem to remember this being incredibly normal growing up. All of us kids in the neighborhood were always outside, we were always playing, and sitting around playing video games was not normal. Those kids were made fun of.

Today, those kids are the norm. Video games, televisions, and computers have taken the place of parenting and healthy activities. If parents would actually, I don’t know, be parents, and not let their children turn into fat lazy slobs, then we wouldn’t have such an obesity epidemic. Parents should be outraged over this, but too many parents will simply nod and say, “Yes, that makes sense, it’s because of Happy Meals that my kid is so fat!” This is just one more way for the government to gain more power and for irresponsible parents to point the finger at someone else rather than themselves. Do these people honestly think that, without toys at McDonald’s or Burger King, kids are suddenly going to get slimmer? Bad parents will continue to make bad choices for their children, even without toys. Parents that let their children sit around all day and gobble up whatever crap their little precious wants to eat are still going to do just that.

No amount of government regulation can fix bad parenting. Bad parents will always be bad parents. It doesn’t stop liberals from wanting government to step in to American families and take the place of Daddy, though, does it? Because somehow, liberals think that they are smarter than all of us, more capable than all of us, and so if they only make all of the decisions for us, everything will be perfect.

As an ending, here’s an interesting little thing to note, from William Teach.

Apparently, in Liberal World, you do. You do have to love when liberals/progressives pass these kinds of laws. They pitch a hissy fit over laws meant to actually protect the citizens of a State or the whole USA, such as, oh, I don’t know, the Arizona illegal immigrant law, but, are perfectly happy regulating actual citizens to death over happy meals. Where are the liberal pundits decrying this law as a civil rights violation?

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No amount of government regulation can fix bad parenting.

That is the point, Cassy. An excessive amount of government regulation can prevent real parenting….

Other than that. Nice post! ;)

chaswv on April 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM

This kind of over-protective insanity all began with Joe Camel.

jjrakman on April 28, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Here’s an idea . Put two toys in the healthier Happy Meals.

Denverslim on April 28, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Keep voting democrat!

Inanemergencydial on April 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Here’s an idea. Stay out of my business.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Here’s an idea. Stay out of my business.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM

That would work too.

Denverslim on April 28, 2010 at 9:08 PM

BREAKING…

Mayor McCheese calls for boycott of Santa Clara County.

selias on April 28, 2010 at 9:09 PM

OT: Boss Emeritus taking out the mealy-mouthed open-borders guy on Hannity!

John the Libertarian on April 28, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Here’s a fix. If a happy meal costs 3 dollars. Then charge 2 dollars for the meal and 1 dollar for the toy. These but-in-skys are truly something.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Cassy Fiano thinks the state forcibly sterilizing citizens is a good idea but she thinks the state banning toys in Happy Meals is the state going too far into nannydom.

HA
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SO HILARIOUS

Dave Rywall on April 28, 2010 at 9:16 PM

There does that fave liberal word again: ‘unfair’.

No, unfair is when some illegal robs you at gunpoint and you’re not allowed to carry a firearm though you’re a Citizen.

And I love this quote:

Yeager said he hopes the law will inspire cities and counties across the country to follow suit like “ripples that create a wave.”

Is he advocating stupidity, or just that everyone should have a lobotomy to come down to his level of capacity?

I thank God my kids are grown, because government is just taking all life’s simple little joys or treats away from us.

Liam on April 28, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Dave stay on topic. BTW the ha ha has suggest you are going further into insanity.

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 9:18 PM

I’ve always wondered why so many companies like McDonald’s anthopomirphize food (M&M’s is another example) in their advertising.

How does giving the food human characteristics, and making them cute, make one more inclined to eat it?

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 9:18 PM

MANDATORY Organ harvesting in 5…….4……3…..

http://wcbstv.com/health/ny.organ.donor.2.1662437 (currently on Drudge).

They want healthy organs so of course they have to tell you what to eat…..DUH!!!

I mean really to the Fed Gov we’re just all Carbon emitters that should have to buy Oxygen permits!!!!!

PappyD61 on April 28, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Ve haf vaze uf making you eat karruts und spinach.

ncborn on April 28, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Herr GestapoToys Storm Troopers from the
Department of Perpetual Hope and Never
EndingEverLasting Change Division!!

canopfor on April 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

BREAKING…

Mayor McCheese calls for boycott of Santa Clara County.

selias on April 28, 2010 at 9:09 PM

lol

It’s really happening…little by little, the progressives are chipping away at individualism and personal responsibility and creating not simply a nanny state, but a dictatorship.

JetBoy on April 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

How does giving the food human characteristics, and making them cute, make one more inclined to eat it?

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Good question . I should not have to tell you though that it appears McDonalds has been just a little successful. / just a little /

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Hearing the woman on the O’Reilly Factor today defending this idiocy was just unreal. She was a True Believer.

MikeknaJ on April 28, 2010 at 9:23 PM

I’ve always wondered why so many companies like McDonald’s anthopomirphize food (M&M’s is another example) in their advertising.

How does giving the food human characteristics, and making them cute, make one more inclined to eat it?

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 9:18 PM

I don’t know, but Micky D’s and M&M’s sell a heck of a lot. So it works.

JetBoy on April 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM

That’s just No. Cal.

It’s a very special place. *haha

AnninCA on April 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Every Happy Meal should come with a label telling kids which party won’t let them have their toy. In 20 years, the country will be just fine.

Ronnie on April 28, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Seems to me that California has larger problems they should be dealing with.
What morons!

GFW on April 28, 2010 at 9:25 PM

You vill eat your pudding,or else!

Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_bvT-DGcWw

canopfor on April 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Today from the UK:

Boy, two, left in tears as nursery staff confiscate his ‘unhealthy’ cheese sandwich

When little Jack Ormisher opened his packed lunch, he was delighted to find inside a cheese sandwich his mummy had made for him.

But before he could tuck into the meal, staff at the nursery he attended snatched it away – leaving him in tears.

Apparently, the sandwich broke their ‘healthy eating’ rules. Instead, the two-year-old was offered fruit and vegetables.

Later when Jack’s father arrived to pick him up from the Westfield Children’s Centre in Pemberton, near Wigan, staff told him that if his son wanted sandwiches in future they must include lettuce or tomato.

Sharke on April 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

As a Californian this story has my blood boiling!

Question: Why do fast food places give away toys with their kids meals?
Answer: To gain customers.

So, let me see if I got this right. It is now illegal for a business to seek to bring in more customers? So what’s next? Fast food joints can’t give out coupons because they lure in customers? Fast Food joints have to make their burgers taste like poop so people won’t buy them? Why not just outlaw fast food joints altogether and be done with it?

groovymovieman on April 28, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Democrats to kids: No toys and no fattening food. Your entire lives are going to be spent paying for our retirements, vote buying schemes, and the massive debt.

Now STFU and suck it up or we will demonize you like we did your parents.

Inanemergencydial on April 28, 2010 at 9:28 PM

So,1984 has arrived,

in the era of Hope/Change!!
=============================

THE WALL: Pink Floyd – Run Like Hell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySO-gryuO-c

canopfor on April 28, 2010 at 9:31 PM

It was such a simpler time twenty years ago. A better time, really.

40 years ago was even easier.

Oscar Mayer Wiener Whistles
Cracker Jack Prize (a real toy, not a piece of paper.)
Archie 45′s from cereal boxes (Sugar, Sugar)
King Cakes

ericdijon on April 28, 2010 at 9:31 PM

OT: Boss Emeritus taking out the mealy-mouthed open-borders guy on Hannity!

John the Libertarian on April 28, 2010 at 9:10 PM

You could see it coming just by observing her game face while she waited for her shot. Made mealy-mouth look like a bafoon. MM’s the best.

Gang-of-One on April 28, 2010 at 9:31 PM

I don’t know, but Micky D’s and M&M’s sell a heck of a lot. So it works.

JetBoy on April 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM

JetBoy: It works,ansd so,it p*ss’s off some Lefty do-gooder
that has F all to do!!:)

canopfor on April 28, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Santa Clara County officials hate fun.

ZK on April 28, 2010 at 9:34 PM

There are doubtless exceptions, but I personally know of no parent who uses McDonald’s as the primary food source for their children. Among the parents I know, McDonald’s and other forms of fast food are treats. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve taken my daughters to McDonald’s. They enjoy visiting the restaurant not for the food, but the experience of being out and of course, the play place.

The toy is not the draw. This law is just ridiculous.

Slublog on April 28, 2010 at 9:36 PM

This is just one more way for the government to gain more power and for irresponsible parents to point the finger at someone else rather than themselves.

Exactly! Anybody who regularly shops for groceries and sees exactly what parents are putting into the baskets their morbidly obese kids are hanging off of can tell you this. A normal person will get queasy just looking at what these moms & dads are loading up on to “feed” their kids: gallons of HFCS delivery systems (AKA sodas), corn or potato flavored bags of salt, ad nauseum.

There’s no Happy Meal trinket at the grocery checkout stand holding a gun to their heads to buy that garbage. But, the nannystaters’ feel-good faux-fix will only succeed in giving these negligent parents yet another excuse to evade responsibility for their children’s disgusting diet and inactive lifestyles – exactly as you said Cassy.

So the net result from these moronic meddlers’ absurdly irrelevant new regulation will be what it always is whenever they target a straw man in the marketplace: these kids will get even fatter. Way to go, Santa Clara. Just brilliant.

leilani on April 28, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Its about POWER!!!!

canopfor on April 28, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I’m sure the McD’s over the county line thinks this is a wonderful idea. If I had any money left after the whole Obama “fix” for the economy, I’d invest in the new line of kid oriented roadhouses that are bound to thrive around that county.

MikeA on April 28, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Amazing… a Nation so rich that its poor people are obese and the children are obese because they can afford rich toys that require very little activity.

I remember when children played outside, but that is now a bygone era unless things really take a nosedive in the economy. And I’m talking complete economic collapse, not some little ‘Great Depression’ sort of thing… think post-Roman Empire…

ajacksonian on April 28, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Does anyone remember the Anniversary specials McD’s offers aka the .25 hamburger.

One time (when I was around 10) my brother/cousin/I rode our bikes to the nearest McD’s for lunch.

When we learned that hamburgers were on sale we ordered about 20 of them.

As we were walking out my cousin grabbed a “Grimace puppet” from one of the high chairs. (he needed a barf bag)

As we were biking home my cousin decided that now is a good time to use the Grimace puppet.

I learned that day that intake must be moderated.

F15Mech on April 28, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve had just about e-freaking-nuff of this crap.

jimmy2shoes on April 28, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Maybe when Cassy has a child, she will know what it is to fear child abductors, child molesters, gangs and drug pushers targeting her kid.
Go ahead, just try to ban your kids from the house during daylight hours; then tune into Nancy Grace or even the local news. You will be calling those kids back into the house for some nice safe Xbox time toute de suite.
Just quit with the judgementalism Cassy till you have walked a mile in my Mom Jeans.

kooly on April 28, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Lt. Huxley was right. We’re getting closer to Demolition Man every day.

*sigh* at least all restaurants will be Taco Bell.

sulla on April 28, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Yeah, this pissed me off. I like happy meals for myself. They are reasonable portions and the toys are very good. I save them for my young friends. You never know when you might need a small toy to placate an unhappy little person.

Blake on April 28, 2010 at 9:56 PM

kooly on April 28, 2010 at 9:47 PM

What?

Inanemergencydial on April 28, 2010 at 9:58 PM

kooly on April 28, 2010 at 9:47 PM

WOW thats just odd.

F15Mech on April 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM

WOW thats just odd.

F15Mech on April 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Sounds like koolie knows how to raise everyone’s kids, maybe she should get the nod for nanny czar in the Ogabe regime?

Inanemergencydial on April 28, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Maybe if Cassy had kids she would have a clue what parenting is like.

Maybe if she had a clue about marketing she would understand what McDonald’s marketing is all about.

Dave Rywall on April 28, 2010 at 10:03 PM

I live in Santa Clara County, and this stuff is typical. I think I have 5 different trash cans, because the recycle police insist I put my garbage in neat piles before they will accept it.

Buford Gooch on April 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Just quit with the judgementalism Cassy till you have walked a mile in my Mom Jeans. – kooly on April 28, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Were you walking while you posted that? Maybe if you took your kids with you on that mile every day, you wouldn’t have to wear Mom jeans, your kids wouldn’t have to buy theirs off the adult racks, and anal-retentive control-freaks like those idiots in Santa Clara couldn’t use you as an excuse to insinuate itself into everybody else’s life.

leilani on April 28, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Why not cereal, captain crunch? Does Burger King get a pass?

lonestar1 on April 28, 2010 at 10:08 PM

I’ve always wondered why so many companies like McDonald’s anthopomirphize food (M&M’s is another example) in their advertising.
How does giving the food human characteristics, and making them cute, make one more inclined to eat it?

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 9:18 PM

It’s called marketing.The characters appeal to children and in turn they influence their parents to patronize the restaurant.Cute characters also appeal to many adults as well and subtly have them associate the food with the fun, appealing characters.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 28, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Kooly on April 28, 2010 at 9:47 PM

How about some CoCo Puffs?

KooKoo

Raise YOUR OWN KID

CWforFreedom on April 28, 2010 at 10:12 PM

BREAKING…

Mayor McCheese calls for boycott of Santa Clara County.

selias on April 28, 2010 at 9:09 PM

.
heh!

ronsfi on April 28, 2010 at 10:12 PM

oops, i meant to say insinuate themselves at 10:08.

leilani on April 28, 2010 at 10:21 PM

No more Cracker Jacks.

Ronnie on April 28, 2010 at 10:22 PM

When my kids were little, McDonalds and Burger King were lifesavers. As a working mom, I found that once in a while I needed a night off from kitchen duty, or soccer practice ran late, or Dad was traveling. A not-very-nutritious meal with a toy that keeps a kid occupied and happy on occasion beats the hell out of a stressed out, exhausted Mom yelling at that kid and making him and her miserable for an entire evening. And both my kids are now almost grown, skinny, and choose healthy foods and drinks most of the time. My daughter is 13 and hasn’t had a Happy Meal in years because she doesn’t like the toys!

The crap they serve in school cafeterias is way worse than anything in a Happy Meal.

rockmom on April 28, 2010 at 10:33 PM

rockmom on April 28, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Indeed. Statists do not seem to understand that for most parents, fast food is the exception, not the norm. Which is more likely to influence a child’s dietary habits? What they eat at home, or what they eat once in awhile at a restaurant?

Slublog on April 28, 2010 at 10:55 PM

The law bans toy giveaways in children’s meals that…derive more than 35 percent of their calories from fat or 10 percent from added sweeteners

Okay, wait a minute. There are four sources of calories in food. Alcohol (not likely to be served with a Happy Meal, except maybe in parts of Europe), proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

I can understand the the rationale behind the fat content. But “added sweeteners”? The sweeteners in most foods are either sugar (sucrose) or high fructose corn syrup (which is, essentially, liquid sugar) and are carbs.

Calories are energy, and sugar and HFCS are really just sources of empty calories. So, to my mind, the phrase “calories from added sweeteners” is a pointless distinction and sounds like saying “calories that are calories”.

But they’re from the government and they’re here to help, I guess.

Tuning Spork on April 28, 2010 at 10:55 PM

No amount of government regulation can fix bad parenting. Bad parents will always be bad parents

So using that logic, why do we prevent alcohol or cigarettes sales to people under 21 and to minors? Can’t we let parents just do the parenting?

mycowardice on April 28, 2010 at 10:58 PM

It’s called marketing.The characters appeal to children

Well obviously. Marketing + cognitive dissonance.

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Ack!! This is my county!!

I cannot wait to get out of this place.

Willow on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 PM

I live in Santa Clara County,

Buford Gooch on April 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Plz accept my sympathies
from one sufferer to another……

macncheez on April 28, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Ah yes. Don’t we all long for those simpler times 20 years ago back in 1990. WTF? Cassy, not sure what the eff you’re trying to say here, but you’ve got to be the worst writer in the blogosphere. Good God!

dakine on April 29, 2010 at 12:36 AM

This is so stupid. What’s not nutritious about some meat, some cheese, some bread and some milk? It’s what a kid would eat for lunch/dinner anyway. The only thing non-nutritious (but delicious!) are the fries. So what. People aren’t feeding their kids happy meals every day. This is nuts.

Blake on April 29, 2010 at 1:08 AM

Ve haf vaze uf making you eat karruts und spinach.

ncborn on April 28, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Funny stuff ncborn!!

yoda on April 29, 2010 at 1:59 AM

One problem, as with most liberal agendas, it’s short on facts! They perpetuate myths and lies that most people believe and this allows them to gain greater control over our lives.

As with anything it’s what you make it.

Happy Meal:

4 piece Chicken McNuggets, Sweet & Sour Sauce, Apple Dippers, caramel sauce, and ice water: 340 calories.

Hamburger, Apple Dippers, Caramel Sauce, and ice water: 350 calories.

You can drop off the caramel sauce and save 70 calories. But, still, 350 calories for lunch or dinner is pretty good. This is all a bunch of liberal, nanny-state crap!

kagai on April 29, 2010 at 2:01 AM

Liberals hate for anybody to be happy…especially children!!!

The subject of today’s One Minute Hate today will be Happy Meals!! Begin when Big Brother appears in the monitor. Participation is MANDATORY!!!

Remember, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU!!!

(1984 was 16 years late…)

landlines on April 29, 2010 at 2:59 AM

It’s not bad parenting as much as it’s bad government.

If the government wouldn’t steal 7/8 of our income, both parents wouldn’t have to work to survive. Then parents could a) prepare better food or b) purchase better food for their children.

fossten on April 29, 2010 at 6:36 AM

The company who makes these toys has employees who will be out of a job soon…in this economy.

Nice work, libs.

Urban Infidel on April 29, 2010 at 6:41 AM

I taught my Daughter the same thing my Dad taught me. You buy a meal for the food, not for the toy. From the time she was three years old, I was explaining how the toys were designed to get her to eat the wrong thing, and that restaurants will always be pushing poor food choices. I explained how if she wanted to take care of herself, she would have to do it herself, and not rely on a restaurant to tell her what to eat.

So when we went out for fast food, we would look at the menu and make the best choices, and she learned at an early age to ignore the marketing. Now that opportunity for teaching is no longer going to be available, because the Nanny State will take care of all that.

Haiku Guy on April 29, 2010 at 7:35 AM

BTW, if you want a good book to teach kids about food, get Eat This, Not That and the companion book Eat This, Not That – For Kids.

Haiku Guy on April 29, 2010 at 7:38 AM

There are a lot of counties in California. My family and I will simply drive out of Santa Clara county to Alameda or Merced county to go to another McDonalds. And then we’ll probably do our shopping there too. This ‘law’ will further reduce the tax revenues of Santa Clara county. Let’s cut off our nose to spite our face. Way to go, stoopid liberals!

maryo on April 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

It’s not McDonalds fault. When I was a kid, I got McDonald’s once a week. When I got my first minimum wage job at age 16, I worked right across the street from one and ate there almost every day.

The government and the do-gooders have convinced parents that pedophiles are lurking right next door, so children no longer get any further than the basement play room. The result are fat kids who are mesmerized by the boob toob.

“Wanna play some baseball?” “Sure, what version ya got?”.

southsideironworks on April 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Yeager better watch his back. The Hamburglar hasn’t gone completely straight.

Ward Cleaver on April 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM

It’s not bad parenting as much as it’s bad government.

If the government wouldn’t steal 7/8 of our income, both parents wouldn’t have to work to survive. Then parents could a) prepare better food or b) purchase better food for their children.

fossten on April 29, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Agreed. We made the sacrifice of being a single-income family, so my wife can stay at home. Of course we drive two 15-year-old vehicles, and don’t live in a big house, but it’s worth it. We don’t eat out very often, and try to avoid eating much fast food.

Ward Cleaver on April 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Iranian nukes? No biggie.

Happy Meals? Kill! kill!! kill!!!

profitsbeard on April 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I should by a McDonald’s franchise in an adjoining county. Business is gonna pick up real soon.

Bobbertsan on April 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Maybe if Cassy had kids she would have a clue what parenting is like.

Maybe if she had a clue about marketing she would understand what McDonald’s marketing is all about.

Dave Rywall on April 28, 2010 at 10:03 PM

I have kids and understand what marketing is all about and I agree with her 100%.

Bobbertsan on April 29, 2010 at 11:09 AM

dakine on April 29, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Come on, dakine. Some of us ’round here are still pretty young and can’t recall the halcyon days of the 60s and 70s (I barely remember the 80s). Every decade has its issues. And if you think things haven’t drastically changed since 1990, you haven’t been paying attention.

I have rather fond memories of Happy Meal toys as well. I have an aunt that’s been a McD’s store manager for years and she always brings a box of toys to pass out to all the grandkids. I ended up with a bunch of those Barbies. In fact, I believe I still have them packed away somewhere.

lonesome_pine on April 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Just as soon as I read the words “nanny state”, I knew it had to be someplace here in Kallifornia. What a crock!!! of u no what.

TimothyJ on April 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Um, dakine? I’ll be 26 in July. So yes, twenty years ago, I was a kid. I was six. And if you can’t see that this country hasn’t drastically changed — for the worse, in my opinion — in twenty years, then you’re crazy.

Cassy Fiano on April 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM

My childhood McDonald’s restaurant had puppet shows every Sunday afternoon. Soon the tyrants in government will demand that fast food restaurants tear out their playlands and put in exercise equipment. I miss being a kid and I miss that America even more.

southsideironworks on April 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM

“There is no threat. The Communists are not about to take over our McDonald hamburger stands. [Laughter.]…”–John Kerry, lying testifying before Congress, April 22, 1971

They can’t fill the potholes or pay the pensions or keep the parks outside or the prisoners inside…but they can snatch Junior’s Transformers toy out of his hands!

You almost can’t slander these people and you sure can’t parody them; they enact the punchlines.

This amounts to the “Politicians Steal Candy From Babies Act of 2010″.

Noel on April 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM

They’ll take my Happy Meal only by prying it from my cold, greasy hands.

No Nuggets, No Peace!

AaronGuzman on April 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM