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McDonald's grimaces at Happy Meal lawsuit
Reuters ^

Posted on 04/19/2011 10:03:07 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

McDonald's grimaces at Happy Meal lawsuit Photo 12:20pm EDT

By Dan Levine

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A lawsuit seeking to stop McDonald's Corp from offering toys with Happy Meals must be dismissed because parents can always choose not to buy the meals for their children, the hamburger giant said in a court filing late on Monday.

The lawsuit accuses McDonald's of unfairly using toys to lure children into its restaurants. The plaintiff, Monet Parham, a Sacramento, California mother of two, charges that the company's advertising violates California consumer protection laws.

The Happy Meal has been a huge hit for McDonald's -- making the company one of the world's largest toy distributors -- and spawning me-too offerings at most other fast-food chains.

One recent and very successful Happy Meal promotion was a tie-in with the popular DreamWorks Animation film "Shrek Forever After." The meals included toy watches fashioned after the movie's characters Shrek, Donkey, Gingy and Puss in Boots.

McDonald's use of Happy Meal toys also has come under fire from public health officials, parents and lawmakers who are frustrated with rising childhood obesity rates and weak anti-obesity efforts from restaurant operators, which are largely self-regulated.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; facism; foodnazis; foodpolice; govtcontrol; happymeal; mcdonalds; monetparham; parenting; parents; politicalpower
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Such nonsense..........
1 posted on 04/19/2011 10:03:10 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Should have said,

"Ronald grimaces at McDonald's lawsuit."

2 posted on 04/19/2011 10:05:18 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Sub-Driver

In other words, miss parham is too weak willed and minded to tell her screaming little monsters NO! so she hires a lawyer to do it for her.

A great lesson you’re teaching them, “mommy”.


3 posted on 04/19/2011 10:09:35 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m trying to figure out what “moral and/or business law” they are breaking.....


4 posted on 04/19/2011 10:09:38 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver

Cracker Jacks would have been out of business before they left the starting line.


5 posted on 04/19/2011 10:11:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver

McDonald's grimaces at Happy Meal lawsuit
That's the way it goes pick on the guy of color!

6 posted on 04/19/2011 10:12:08 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Sub-Driver

"It's good to be the King."

7 posted on 04/19/2011 10:12:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

I got into a debate about this one on a left-wing blog I stop at. They favored a bill that was passed in San Francisco to this end. Their rationale was that they wanted to force McDonalds to stop selling Happy Meals because otherwise their kids would whine and complain and make noise and they simply could not tolerate it and had to cave in and buy the Happy Meal.

So since they are ineffective parents, they want the government to step in and act as parents in their stead.


8 posted on 04/19/2011 10:12:46 AM PDT by RonF
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To: Sub-Driver

Sometimes you just have to shake your head and mutter to yourself, ‘Man, there are a lot of a-holes in the world...’


9 posted on 04/19/2011 10:13:54 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Sub-Driver

So many examples of why we have too much government and too many lawyers.


10 posted on 04/19/2011 10:15:14 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: Sub-Driver

These lawsuits are patently ridiculous


11 posted on 04/19/2011 10:16:12 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Sacajaweau

Why is it that the liberal view is that Mc Donald’s should be prevented from offering Happy Meals? With this reasoning, the liberals are saying that parents can’t be expected to decide whether to get their kids a Happy Meal; it should just be banned.

But on the issue of the filth on TV, in which we now see penis and vagina jokes on basic cable comedy shows, the liberal view is that this type of thing must be allowed, we can’t censor it, etc. AND, that parents are supposed to change the channel and supervise what their kids watch on TV.

But in the area of fast food, parents apparently are not capable of supervising what their kids are eating.

I don’t understand the liberal mindset sometimes.


12 posted on 04/19/2011 10:16:41 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: RonF

“So since they are ineffective parents, they want the government to step in and act as parents in their stead.”

What a perfect example of most of our problems. Personal responsibility has parents deciding what the kids eat.
If the kids whine; sorry we won’t eat anywhere while on the road.
You can go without until we get home.


13 posted on 04/19/2011 10:18:16 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: RonF

I bet many of those leftists would think its fine if the Happy Meal came with a condom


14 posted on 04/19/2011 10:18:37 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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15 posted on 04/19/2011 10:19:26 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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They aren't "grimmacing" too much, they're hiring thousands of new employees now that they have their very own "happy meal"...namely an obamacare "waiver".

All of the ones around me are under holderpeeps managment and the places are filty, in poor working order, and the food sucks...takes them three tries to get order right, and 2 tries to count your change back to you.

I'm done with McDonalds, and I've been eating there since the sixties. They have gone to hell in a happy meal.
16 posted on 04/19/2011 10:22:38 AM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver
I don't care about the Happy Meal toys. Just stay away from McDonalds. It is not good for your health.

The Chicken which should be banned

One of my favorites is the 16 year old McDonalds hamburger that will not decompose. Watch the video.

16 Year Old burger

17 posted on 04/19/2011 10:23:55 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Sub-Driver
The lawsuit accuses McDonald's of unfairly using toys to lure children into its restaurants.

The lawsuit accuses Hollywood of unfairly using toys to lure children into its movies...

Let's turn the tables.

18 posted on 04/19/2011 10:25:01 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmit in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Could someone explain to me what exactly the Grimace is. All these years and I still have no idea. Does he have something to do with a shake?


19 posted on 04/19/2011 10:27:35 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Whatever would she do without her government checks?
20 posted on 04/19/2011 10:28:54 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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