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McDonald's Sidesteps The Happy Meal Prohibition
IBD Editorials ^ | December 2, 2011 | Editor

Posted on 12/02/2011 5:11:26 PM PST by Kaslin

Absurd Laws: The nannies of San Francisco tried to take the fun out of McDonald's Happy Meal. But enterprising managers found a way to bring joy to the kids anyway.

A city ordinance that prohibits fast-food restaurants from giving away toys with children's meals went into effect Thursday. San Francisco — of course — was the first big city in the country to pass such a law.

The intent, according to the supervisor who sponsored the prohibition, was to increase awareness of the nutritional makeup of children's meals.

That's Eric Mar's story and it seems he's sticking with it. But whatever the intent, McDonald's restaurants in San Francisco found a way around the government overreach. They're simply charging a minimal price — 10 cents — for adding a toy to the order.

So Happy Meals remain ... happy.

This should be a lesson for policymakers everywhere: People will always find a way to sidestep frivolous and vindictive laws and regulations.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: happymeal; mcdonalds; prohibition; sanfrancisco; sidesteps; sinfreaksicko

1 posted on 12/02/2011 5:11:30 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This story warms the very cockles of my heart.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 5:12:56 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Kaslin

I almost never eat at McD’s, but I’ll go there in celebration of this move. [I’ll get something off the dollar menu, but at least I’ll go.]


3 posted on 12/02/2011 5:13:11 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Kaslin

they shoulda made it a penny


4 posted on 12/02/2011 5:14:09 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Kaslin

Think about this: Liberals trust the politicians who get outsmarted far more than they trust the people who do the outsmarting!


5 posted on 12/02/2011 5:17:21 PM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Pollster1

“I almost never eat at McD’s, but I’ll go there in celebration of this move.” That’s a very good idea. Maybe the Asian salad is a viable option....


6 posted on 12/02/2011 5:21:29 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Kaslin

Happy meals or not, I was happy to raise my kids and never take them to a McDonald’s.


7 posted on 12/02/2011 5:21:44 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: Kaslin

Let me see, Who is smarter? The city of San Francisco or McDonalds?


8 posted on 12/02/2011 5:22:13 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

Sin Freak Sicko strikes out again. LOL


9 posted on 12/02/2011 5:25:24 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: trumandogz

Of course you were. But you do have to admit it’s gratifying to see McDonalds outsmart the San Francisco nanny libs. Right?


10 posted on 12/02/2011 5:27:12 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Kaslin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKSoiDtdi9s

Whats really in those chicken nuggets. But it is a free country so if you want em, have at it.


11 posted on 12/02/2011 5:33:42 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin

Hey, if stores can’t sell incandescent bulbs... maybe they give them away with the purchase of something else?


12 posted on 12/02/2011 5:35:30 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: morphing libertarian

They allow naked men to wander around. who in their right mind would weant to have children in SF anyways?


13 posted on 12/02/2011 5:38:11 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

I remember about 10m years ago coming out of a hotel, I think on Bay Street for my daily walk. Turned right and immediately spied a big pile of what could only be human feces.

I loved that city, but I’m glad my daughter moved south and we don’t go there. It’s way out of control.

Remember the locals get what they vote for.


14 posted on 12/02/2011 5:45:24 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Kaslin

This was the obvious solution right from the start. I am surprised it took them this long to come up with it. I would have gone with 5 cents rather than 10, though. What parent will say no to 5 cents?


15 posted on 12/02/2011 5:48:56 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Semper911

can someone just walk in with a dime (plus tax of course) and buy a toy?

That might be why they are a dime. store can’t risk selling sometimes very popular toys for below cost.


16 posted on 12/02/2011 5:51:32 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: Yardstick

“But you do have to admit it’s gratifying to see McDonalds outsmart the San Francisco nanny libs. Right?”

There are a lot of Nanny State Sycophants out there and they are not just libs in San Francisco.

And if people in San Francisco want to feed McDonald’s to their kids with or without a toy, it is cool with me.

Just seems that there are much better dining choices in SF than a Happy Meal.


17 posted on 12/02/2011 5:52:30 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: cableguymn
That might be why they are a dime.

Could be. Good thinking.

18 posted on 12/02/2011 5:53:55 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m surprised mcd’s showed backbone. More than Boehner would have.


19 posted on 12/02/2011 5:58:23 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Kaslin

SanFranStiffCo loses another one.


20 posted on 12/02/2011 6:13:28 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Semper911
I would have gone with 5 cents rather than 10, though. What parent will say no to 5 cents?

McDonald's pays Communist China about 10 cents for every thousand of these trinkets they sell for 10 cents each.

A sucker is born every minute.

21 posted on 12/02/2011 6:13:28 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cableguymn

No, you must buy a Happy Meal first. They will not be sold individually anymore. They used to be, before this ordinance, for a little over 2 bucks. But McDonald’s has now said they will not be, at least in San Fran.


22 posted on 12/02/2011 6:22:10 PM PST by rawhide
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To: GeronL
They allow naked men to wander around.

They used to go into restaurants and plop their naked posteriors on the seats. SF recently banned naked people from entering eateries.

23 posted on 12/02/2011 6:22:20 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: luvbach1

without towels probably

What idiot would bring a child there? or to Hollyweird? or to a publik skool these days?


24 posted on 12/02/2011 6:32:40 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: trumandogz

I raised 5 and took them to McD’s a couple of times a year as a treat.

They do the same now with their kids.

No harm done.


25 posted on 12/02/2011 6:36:49 PM PST by Mears (Tempus fugit !)
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To: Kaslin

Brilliant!


26 posted on 12/02/2011 6:37:16 PM PST by defconw
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To: Kaslin

Or my name is not Kroc, that' Kroc with a K
Like crocodile but not spelled that way now
Its Dog eat dog, rat eat rat
Kroc style - Boom, like that

Mark Knopler, Boom, like that on Ray Kroc who wrestled control of McDonalds from the McDonald Brothers

27 posted on 12/02/2011 6:45:34 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Kaslin
that's because people that work for a living will ALWAYS be smarter and more creative than those that simply leech off of society and enact stooopid laws for a living...
28 posted on 12/02/2011 7:00:38 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GeronL

“Hey, if stores can’t sell incandescent bulbs... maybe they give them away with the purchase of something else?”

When they go to the total ban on 100 watts they should just re-market them as 99 watts.


29 posted on 12/02/2011 7:01:05 PM PST by Rebelbase (Yes we Cain!)
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To: Rebelbase

lol. great idea.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 7:05:03 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: morphing libertarian
Remember the locals get what they vote for.

Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer ...

31 posted on 12/02/2011 7:42:40 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (Proud Right-Wing Trash -- stick it, Alec.)
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To: Kaslin

I saw this here the other day. This is really funny.


32 posted on 12/02/2011 8:03:01 PM PST by sickoflibs (Cain :"My parents didn't raise me to beg the government for other peoples money")
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To: Rebelbase
When they go to the total ban on 100 watts they should just re-market them as 99 watts.

I have been seeing a bunch of 95 watt bulbs on the shelves. That is probably why.

I expect SF to make it illegal to sell toys with a meal which could not be bought without the meal.

33 posted on 12/02/2011 8:24:42 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: trumandogz
And if people in San Francisco want to feed McDonald’s to their kids with or without a toy, it is cool with me.

But that's exactly the issue. The city of San Francisco doesn't want your kids to get a toy, and they want to take that choice away from you. As a non nanny state sycophant, you must see that as pretty uncool.

Right?

I mean it's not like you're some liberal troll who lacks normal conservative instincts yet has managed for years to avoid getting the ZOT or something, right?

34 posted on 12/02/2011 9:01:57 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

Actually, in my posts I indicated that I opposed the SF policy of banning Happy Meal toys.

I also stated that I never took my kids to McDonald’s which is a decision my wife and I made long before we had kids and am happy that the state never forced our kids to eat at McDonald’s.


35 posted on 12/03/2011 12:25:30 AM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: trumandogz

It’s amazing!! No one in America EVER eats at McDonald’s if you read blogs, forums etc where fast food is discussed and yet they sell BILLIONS of burgers and a gazillion tons of FF every year.

How can that be?


36 posted on 12/03/2011 3:30:44 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: Kaslin

Makes me want to go out and treat my whole herd to some happy meals. YAY


37 posted on 12/03/2011 7:19:02 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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