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McDonald's slams San Francisco ban on Happy Meals
Yahoo News via AFP ^ | November 3, 2010 | Grant Junkie

Posted on 11/03/2010 4:19:33 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084

Fast food giant McDonald's said Wednesday it was "extremely disappointed" at a ruling by San Francisco authorities banning high-calorie Happy Meals, which entice children to eat with free toys.

The response came after the Californian city's board of supervisors voted to forbid restaurants from giving gifts with meals that contain too much fat and sugar.

"We are extremely disappointed with this decision. It?s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for," said McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud.

Happy Meals, which typically come in a colorful cardboard box packed with a burger, a drink, fries and desert, are popular with hard-pressed parents as well as children, she said.

"Public opinion continues to be overwhelmingly against this misguided legislation. Parents tell us it's their right and responsibility, not the government's, to ... to choose what?s right for their children."

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TOPICS: US: California
KEYWORDS: california; happymeal; mcdonalds; nannystate; sanfrancisco
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To: Eric Blair 2084
McD's should install one of these big toy games in every SF franchise then let it be known that the coin box is broken and you can get the toy for free...


51 posted on 11/03/2010 5:29:58 PM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
Can a governmental unit prohibit anyone from selling something that is legal? Is a happy meal toy in the same category as a controlled substance?

What about Snickers bars? What about T-bone steaks? How about ice cream sundaes sold to children?

Tell me how this decision cannot be viewed as arbitrary or capricious?

52 posted on 11/03/2010 5:41:19 PM PDT by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

53 posted on 11/03/2010 5:45:09 PM PDT by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

They banned Happy Meals? Why stop with Happy Meals? Why don’t they just ban McDonalds and be done with it?


54 posted on 11/03/2010 5:48:30 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: FrdmLvr

Incrementalism. Give them time.

If they told people what the real agenda is up front, people would be horrified.


55 posted on 11/03/2010 5:53:36 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Beware of the Socialist Government-Academia Grant Junkie-Rich "non-profit"-Liberal Media Complex)
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To: USNBandit
Happy Meals bad. Marijuana Good.

It is questionable which is more healthy for you...

56 posted on 11/03/2010 5:54:39 PM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: Obadiah
This is patently unConstitutional.

Why?

This isn't the federal government, so it isn't an issue of overstepping federal authority.

I'm not aware of anything in the US Constitution that bans state and local governments from making such stupid laws.

Are you saying it violates the California constitution?

One of the points of federalism is that some states can allow such foolishness if it makes their citizens happy, and people in other states can scoff at the idiots and point out how they are happy they don't live there.

57 posted on 11/03/2010 6:04:02 PM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: Eric Blair 2084

LOL - That would be awesome!
{You could also get one of those big 5 Ga buckets of lard and offer to give people a free tablespoon for their burger out of spite too.}


58 posted on 11/03/2010 6:17:28 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Obadiah

>Is a happy meal toy in the same category as a controlled substance?

Called in on a tip, the local SWAT Team stormed Mrs. Smith’s Day Care and found nearly four-hundred pounds of controlled substances, including the “gateway” ‘drug’ of Engineers: the Erector Set.

[/sarc][/cynic]


59 posted on 11/03/2010 6:21:02 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: untrained skeptic
>>This is patently unConstitutional.
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>Why?
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>This isn't the federal government, so it isn't an issue of overstepping federal authority.
>
>I'm not aware of anything in the US Constitution that bans state and local governments from making such stupid laws.

Art 1, Sec 10, Para 1:
NO STATE SHALL enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; PASS ANY BILL OF ATTAINDER, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

Bill of Attainder
Definition: A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.
(TehcLawJournal.com)

I think the group 'children' is a readily identifiable group that is being singled out for punishment w/o a trial [by the legislation].

60 posted on 11/03/2010 6:30:37 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
packed with a burger, a drink, fries and desert,

I always get a large drink for after I eat the desert.
61 posted on 11/03/2010 6:36:51 PM PDT by hemogoblin (We're all on Flight 93 now.)
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To: rhinohunter
didn’t know there were any children in SF.

Sure there are. Don't you know how they separate the men from the boys in SF? With a crowbar! < rimshot >

62 posted on 11/03/2010 6:54:13 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: taxesareforever
Close all McDonalds in SF and move outside city limits. SF will then pay a price for their stupidity.

The only problem is that the actual owners of the individual restaurants are all franchisees who may not want to endure the expense of rebuilding and relocating, so it's not really not up to Mickey D's. Unless they think this is too big a threat not to nip in the bud and are willing to spend corporate money to bring SF to their knees. (as if that weren't where they already were)

63 posted on 11/03/2010 6:56:54 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: 70times7
Leave it to the warped people of San Fransicko to decide that food is dangerous and should not be placed in ones' mouth...

Bathhouse etiquette: "Don't put that in your mouth, you don't know where it's been!"

64 posted on 11/03/2010 6:59:16 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Food Nazis at work.


65 posted on 11/03/2010 7:06:37 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: untrained skeptic
This is patently unConstitutional.

Why?

This isn't the federal government, so it isn't an issue of overstepping federal authority.

I'm not aware of anything in the US Constitution that bans state and local governments from making such stupid laws.

Are you saying it violates the California constitution?

One of the points of federalism is that some states can allow such foolishness if it makes their citizens happy, and people in other states can scoff at the idiots and point out how they are happy they don't live there.

Perhaps not unconstitutional, but certainly Unamerican, as it represents a loss of liberty for both the customer and the vendor, for which there is no compelling justification. It amounts to arbitrary law...

66 posted on 11/03/2010 7:10:19 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Thanks for the ping!


67 posted on 11/03/2010 8:06:25 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Eric Blair 2084

The only way California could sink any lower is if Lex Luthor’s plans to nuke the San Andreas fault succeeded.


68 posted on 11/03/2010 8:07:00 PM PDT by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: montag813; Eric Blair 2084

Go Lex Luthor!

(Too bad Lex cannot do that to Maryland.)


69 posted on 11/03/2010 8:49:39 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Muslims are not the problem, the rest of the world is! /s)
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To: taxesareforever
In San Francisco, you can stick anything you want, anywhere, at any time except, a toy into a Happy Meal.

It's almost surreal how and what the left has done in just two generations. Things that are perfectly normal are banned and the most vile is promoted.

We can't live with these people, we shouldn't have to live with these people. It's time for a break up. It's either that or something really nasty. Nothing lasts forever.

70 posted on 11/03/2010 9:09:31 PM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Just call it a "Gay Meal."

(Idea stolen from a HotAir poster.)

71 posted on 11/03/2010 9:44:52 PM PDT by TChad
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To: USNBandit

Turkey burger, spinach quiche, and a joint....new HAPPY meal! LOL


72 posted on 11/03/2010 11:00:42 PM PDT by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: Califreak

This seems so simple to me. Reduce the price of Happy Meals by 10 cents or 5 cents or whatever. Then have the toys available for that 5 cents or 10 cents. Surely they haven’t outlawed the sale of such toys. (Or better yet — DON’T reduce the price of the meals but have the toys available for sale.)


73 posted on 11/04/2010 2:38:59 AM PDT by SweetWilliamsMom
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To: SweetWilliamsMom

bttt


74 posted on 11/04/2010 8:39:40 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Obadiah

“Tell me how this decision cannot be viewed as arbitrary or capricious?”

Of course it is, just like banning the use of other legal products on private property. You know, smoking bans. It’s not like we didn’t see this coming....


75 posted on 11/04/2010 9:43:52 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Well, the McDonald's Happy Meal ban falls right in line with the public health care initiative of closing homosexual bath houses in SF and closing down the Folsom Street event.

Oh, wait....

76 posted on 11/04/2010 9:48:29 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: OneWingedShark
I think the group 'children' is a readily identifiable group that is being singled out for punishment w/o a trial [by the legislation].

I think your definition of punishment won't bear much weight. Not being able to be given free toys it they order food with little nutritional value isn't likely to be seen as punishment by the courts.

Are you going to call any restrictions punishments? Are laws against speeding punishing people who like to drive fast?

Are state laws restricting the drinking age constitutional? Do they punish minors that wish to drink? Can states ban gambling or smoking by minors?

77 posted on 11/04/2010 10:00:39 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: SweetWilliamsMom
You actually have the choice of the cookies or a toy and you can buy both separately. You just have to get one or the other with the meal. My guess is that in San Francisco they will only offer cookies in the happy meals, and kids will get even more crappy food.
78 posted on 11/04/2010 10:03:57 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Fags will stick all kinds of body parts and other objects into the rear ends of themselves and each other but demand no one eat a McDonalds while enjoying a toy.

Homosexuality is a mental illness.


79 posted on 11/04/2010 10:05:15 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Jim Robinson
It’d be tossed out as unconstitutional in a normal state.

California is a NORML state.

80 posted on 11/04/2010 10:05:53 AM PDT by SeeSac
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To: colorado tanker

Gross. I’ll bet Barney Frank has every one of their home phone numbers, too.


81 posted on 11/04/2010 10:12:34 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (If the GOP reaches across the aisle, we're gonna chop off their hands.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Hiya, George,

Not only that, but saw a quick tv clip that the first transgender person is playing the WNBA or a college team.

TIME magazine ran a piece on the heretofore unrecognized dangers of rampant THS. It may be responsible for SIDS, Alzheimer’s, Obesity, Aggression, possibly boisterousnous among boys and even other diseases.

Can banning fryers be that far away? Think this crowd is only after toys? Think of the dangers of fumes, secondhandfumes from greasefryers.

Not to mention that beer is worse’n crack, junk or meth.


82 posted on 11/04/2010 12:40:37 PM PDT by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes!Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -Ummrika is almost SmokFrei!)
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To: Lurking Libertarian; Obadiah

That’s the rub, isn’t it.

How could a document like the Constitution address every damn blithering and inane diktat from the government.

They did not foresee the discarding of common sense by our Nannyists.

What does it violate; some sense of free commerce, and common sense, a rational reasonability or vice versa.

Heck, just on this issue, imagine the brouhaha if McD’s had included a toy or squirt gun or somesuch.

The precedent was set. Now, they’re gonna work on the food in McD’s.

On the bright side, McRib is back!


83 posted on 11/04/2010 12:46:47 PM PDT by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes!Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -Ummrika is almost SmokFrei!)
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To: CSM

I laugh when people say you don’t have a right to...

In the Preamble, we are afforded the right to peaceably assemble.

Now in MA, for most towns, if I wish to rent a hall in the VFW or Columbus for an evening, put out ashtrays and invite only smokers, I am not permitted to do so.

Peacable Assembly? Lan’o’th’free, homothebrave.

But many situational conservatives support Nannyism.


84 posted on 11/04/2010 12:52:30 PM PDT by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes!Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -Ummrika is almost SmokFrei!)
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To: swarthyguy

I call them convenient conservatives.


85 posted on 11/04/2010 1:44:18 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

86 posted on 11/06/2010 10:32:49 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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