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McDonald's (MCD +1.3%) defends its use of toys in its Happy Meals, blasting a threat from a...

McDonald's (MCD +1.3%) defends its use of toys in its Happy Meals, blasting a threat from a consumer advocacy group to sue it over the marketing tactic. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says using toy-related promotions encourages kids to eat unhealthy foods.
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  • cincinnatijake
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    1984...BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU!
    7 Jul 2010, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    Social-engineering advocacy groups are bad for the public too because they encourage herd-like thinking and dependency on the group. McDonald's should counter-sue.
    7 Jul 2010, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Why sue over toys? Don't pussyfoot. Just seek a permanent injunction against the sale of all burgers and fries by all the fast-food chains. In fact, make them illegal, like drugs.

     

    Isn't that what America's new "nannyism" call for?
    7 Jul 2010, 02:08 PM Reply Like
  • cincinnatijake
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    Yep, might as well go all the way. I wonder who the Obamination Administration will put in charge of measuring the amount of tax to charge on farts?

     

    westinstenv.org/news/2.../
    7 Jul 2010, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • DRS100
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    For years I took my young daughters to McDonald's, bought them a salad, and paid for the toy. You don't have to feed them a happy meal every time you go through the door. I'm sick of these outside groups seeking their next public cause by intermediating between parents and their children. Enough already! Leave McDonald's (and Wal Mart) alone.
    7 Jul 2010, 02:08 PM Reply Like
  • uglyowl
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    I am so sick of my 6 year old hopping in the car and driving off with his own money to buy these happy meals which are killing him. Tough to be a parent nowadays, McDonald's power over them is just too much.
    7 Jul 2010, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • new slang
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    The saddest part is there are enough people with similar attitudes out there that I actually took this seriously the first time reading it.
    7 Jul 2010, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • cincinnatijake
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    Yes, the McDonald’s Propaganda machine is fiercely at work!

     

    Damn, we've all been McRoll'd:

     

    www.youtube.com/watch?...
    7 Jul 2010, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • philais
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    And beer companies want us to drink more beer, killing millions of livers...guess their next.
    7 Jul 2010, 02:23 PM Reply Like
  • Niner
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    Has Mom and Dad ever heard of the word "No".
    7 Jul 2010, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • cincinnatijake
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    No, and I bet they have never heard of a willow tree, either. Cut me a switch, boy!
    7 Jul 2010, 02:40 PM Reply Like
  • Tink
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    The problem with child obesity isn't McDonalds it is lazy parenting. My husband and I raised 6 kids worked full time jobs in the world of McDonalds and we prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner. McDonalds was a treat for our children not their daily menu. Toys have nothing to do with it
    7 Jul 2010, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • realitybiter
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    If I have to pay a nickel to buy a can of soda they should have to pay a quarter for all the crap they give out "as toys" that is an immediate dump in the garbage. Its awful
    7 Jul 2010, 03:43 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    When my girlfriend and I would go to McDonald's for dinner or lunch during our highschool days, we walked about 4km roundtrip to get to the restaurant. We also played tennis and did other physical activities. Whatever we ate at McDonalds would be burned off in no time. In fact, when I was really young, my mother would ask me why I wasn't outside playing instead of being inside the house.
    7 Jul 2010, 03:51 PM Reply Like
  • Duude
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    Exactly! Its not the food as much as its lack of activity. While TV has always been a problem, it generally didn't displace day time activities like XBox does today.
    7 Jul 2010, 04:32 PM Reply Like
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