Skip to comments.McDonald's Sidesteps The Happy Meal Prohibition
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.
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This story warms the very cockles of my heart.
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.]
they shoulda made it a penny
Think about this: Liberals trust the politicians who get outsmarted far more than they trust the people who do the outsmarting!
“I almost never eat at McDs, but Ill go there in celebration of this move.” That’s a very good idea. Maybe the Asian salad is a viable option....
Happy meals or not, I was happy to raise my kids and never take them to a McDonald’s.
Let me see, Who is smarter? The city of San Francisco or McDonalds?
Sin Freak Sicko strikes out again. LOL
Of course you were. But you do have to admit it’s gratifying to see McDonalds outsmart the San Francisco nanny libs. Right?
Whats really in those chicken nuggets. But it is a free country so if you want em, have at it.
Hey, if stores can’t sell incandescent bulbs... maybe they give them away with the purchase of something else?
They allow naked men to wander around. who in their right mind would weant to have children in SF anyways?
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.
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?
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.
“But you do have to admit its 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.
Could be. Good thinking.
I’m surprised mcd’s showed backbone. More than Boehner would have.
SanFranStiffCo loses another one.
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