McDonald's possibly under Lawsuit for Happy Meals

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McDonald's possibly under Lawsuit for Happy Meals

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http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625 ... k-20563860 <---Watch that first

No matter what country you're from, you've probably eaten at McDonald's at least once. (Or if you haven't, you've probably heard about it) And you probably know it's very notorious for being crappy for you.

I recently saw this on Yahoo! News, and I thought I should share it with you guys. What do you think? Is this the responsibility of McDonald's or the parent?
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sometimes i can't find cereals without any crap attached to them (toys, cds...). i'm all for a law that's prohibiting combining food with anything that can't be eaten. at least if they target kids.
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Exactly, I also think because even though it is parental responsibility, it's not always awesome for the parent to say no, and, in a worse case scenario, the child could grow up hating his/her parents and whatnot.
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Oh for [censored]'s sake! This is again more fat people blaming Mc Donald's for their lack of self-control… We live in an age where people don't want to take responsability for the bad things that happen to them and so the sue the [censored] out of various big companies… This is ridiculous if you ask me. And kids growing up to hate their parents because they wouldn't buy the cheap,crappy Happy Meals toys!? Puh-lease!
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Did you even watch the video? This is about kids. YOUNG kids. Kids that are just learning to read. Considering most people become mature decision makers around the age of 21...

And I didn't mean when they grew up, I meant as they are growing up, and I did mention worse-case scenario...
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I everyone, and this sort of crap is why.
It doesn't matter if it is about kids, because THE CHILDREN AREN'T THE ONES PAYING FOR IT.
It is entirely on the heads of the parents to make sure the child eats correctly. And if your kid ends up hating you because they missed out on a toy costing a few cents, you've probbaly already failed as a parent anyway.
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I've never said that it wasn't. My posts might've implied it, but I still believe it's parental responsibility. But some parents will do anything for their kids, and therefore spoil them. My point is: Although it IS the parents job to make sure their kid gets in line, if they fail...should we not help?
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(I'll try to organize my random thoughts into a semi-logical post.)

This is because of the modern idea that parents should be their children's 'friends'. Which is true, but their idea of friendship is completely wrong. Sometimes you have to hurt to help, and parents aren't willing to do that because they think their kids will think they're mean. Which is not the case. Sure, I thought my parents were mean sometimes when I was a little kid, but even then I knew that they weren't being malicious. As I matured, I came to appreciate that they gave me discipline, however harsh at times, because it made me the person I am today. If they had pandered to my every whim, I would have grown up a selfish, spoiled brat, with little to no self-control and little if any discipline. Hence I would probably have been someone no one likes and no one wants to be around. Thankfully, my parents were wise enough to teach me that the world doesn't revolve around me, and that sometimes what we think would be good for us is actually quite harmful.

Some fat people end up hating their parents because they didn't discipline them enough to keep them a healthy weight. Since they gave into most, if not all, of their child's whims, that child was able to eat as much crap food as he/she wanted, whenever he/she wanted. If the parents had set a limit for the number of cookies the child could eat per day, the child might have been unhappy for a couple days, but would eventually get used to it and would grow up healthy and weigh a normal amount, and would appreciate that his/her parents disciplined him/her so that they were happier in the end.
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I have many fond memories of MacDonald's toys as a child, and no, I wasn't a fat kid. We're basically talking about sucking all the joy out of childhood for the sake of the children. They can't go anyway on their own, can't play unrestrictedly--even though statistically it's not any more dangerous now than 50 years ago--now they can't get happy meal toys.

Just leave other people and other people's kids alone why don't you. If everyone would just mind their own business, we'd all get along just find thank you.
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catwhowalksbyhimself wrote:Just leave other people and other people's kids alone why don't you. If everyone would just mind their own business, we'd all get along just find thank you.
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Sorry for going off topic, and it is the parents' business to take care of what their children do, how will they think, and what will they eat because certain food can change drasticaly (if eaten in excess, like everything) one's methabolism
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I'd like nothing more than to see the entire McDonald's company torn apart brick by brick. People complain all the time about the evils of tobacco companies targeting advertising at children, but what about fast food joints that peddle products that are just as bad? You don't see anybody arguing that tobacco companies should be allowed to target children because it's the parents' responsibility to keep their kids from smoking, do you? On top of that, it's not just the fact alone that they're targeting children, but they way that companies do it is downright diabolical in some cases, especially when you consider that the products being marketed have virtually no positive nutritional value at all and grossly exceed what any human being should be consuming in other areas, like sodium, fat, and cholesterol. Ever seen "Supersize Me"? For those unfamiliar with the premise, this guy decided to eat nothing but McDonald's for 30 days, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to demonstrate how bad it was. By the end, he had gained about 20 pounds (in just 30 days, think about that), his cholesterol was out of control, and he was in the beginning stages of organ failure. Obviously the documentary was done in an over-the-top fashion and I don't know of anybody who eats three meals a day at McD's, but there are certainly people who go there on a daily basis. Indoctrinating children into thinking that this is even remotely okay is far beyond evil in my mind.

http://dangerousintersection.org/2008/1 ... -children/

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... andout.doc

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Maybe this will go a bit off topic, but, my point of view is this:

There are too many flashing temptations, for children to run to(as for adults even...), maybe too much, if children would not have the possibility to get them things would change, for personal experience of the child i was and half-adult i'm trying to become, i think discipline although it can be imposed, it does not get the real meaning until becomes auto-discipline. Still, for a young child some restrictions are needed since later you know addictions are a tough enemy to fight against. For responsability, i fear few of the solutions is try-fail method, you get to know to study everyday when you fail (hard) and worry abut that, eventhough what i say may be useful for some and useless for others, each child is a world by itself(as any human) and parents, legal tutors or whoever in charge of education ought to get to know the child. As well as the child will have to fight during life as everyone does; Of course i would blame that company for promoting unhealthy habits, but as well as i would the child that does not practice any sport or any physical activity, sometimes both sides are guilty.

In conclusion, a child is a developing beign, which means it hasn't finished it development so is uncapable of beign self-suffiecient but it can't be overprotected in the way that stops the process, for that i say publicity is too much information and should be taken in a small dose; which may be imposible when you notice that wherever you go to has any kind of it.

For that i can't continue...
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Well duh that's capitalism . Prohibiting it would be Socialism. :roll:

On a more serious note. Is it really that hard to say no?
I mean yeah you know you still can cook yourself?
Aswell as you are responsible for your children?

Laws don't replace common sense. Not that I wouldn't mind a kick for McDoof but hey the customer orders the customer gets served.
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imo it is the parent's job to supervise what their kids eat and make sure that what they eat is healthy, but dismissing this because of that reasoning is choosing to ignore the problem. If the fast food companies manage to instill a belief in a 4 year old (which is very easy btw. I had a 5 year old cousin that hated broccoli, saw me eat a bowl of it and told him it was great, 7 years later its still his favorite vegetable) that fast food is ok to eat fairly often, whether it occurs due to parents bringing their kids in or their TV ads (watch an hour of Nick/Cartoon Network. count how many fast food commercials there are and how many of those are advertising toys from the most recent kids movie coming with the meal. there are a ton!) is irrelevant really, that impression is going to stick with that child for a long time, perhaps even to adulthood, and there's only so much that parents can do about that (what are they going do, monitor everything their kids watched and change the channel every time a McDonalds commercial came up?).
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wayfarer wrote:Laws don't replace common sense.
1000 times this. Emphasis mine.

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