This past election season, our community was thrown into a tizzy because McDonald's wants to put a new restaurant in our area... with a drive through window. You can imagine the horror that ensued. Personally, I think it would be kinda convenient. But a good friend of mine, a lawyer, led the charge against this McDonald's restaurant insertion. For legitimate reasons. I've got no beef with him.
But that's not what I wanted to write about. I wanted to write about a lawsuit filed against said McFood store. Essentially, the class action lawsuit would force McDonald's to stop advertising toys in their Happy Meals. They don't want McDonald's to stop including the toys, or stop selling Happy Meals. And they're not asking for damages. They just want them to stop advertising that toys come in Happy Meals.
Why? I quote:
OH MY GOD. CHILDREN WHINE WHEN THEY WANT SOMETHING, AND THEY WANT HAPPY MEALS WITH TOYS.
Children nonetheless influence the purchasing decisions of their parents.
McDonald’s exploits that influence, by bombarding children with advertisements for
Happy Meals with toys, knowing that it will result in kids nagging parents to purchase
nutritionally poor Happy Meals for their children.
Oh the horror! Oh the humanity!
OK, my reactions:
- Pretty much all children whine when they want something.
- Parents need to grow a spine and say "no" once in a while.
- It's pretty stupid to expect McDonald's to have your best interests at heart. They sell fatty, salty, sugary comfort food and always have.
This is quite possibly the most ridiculous lawsuit I've seen. It really shows American "parents" to be the helpless children they are. I think we should make a law that says if you're not mature enough to say "no" to a kid when the kid whines about a Happy Meal, you're not mature enough to have children.