Happy Meal Toys Are…Creepy?

23 Jun

So I go to check my mail and I see a headline that catches my eye. It’s saying something about McDonald’s getting sued over toys. I thought maybe the cheap-o factories in China had used lead paint on toys (again) or something, so I click, thinking it would be something worth reading.

Apparently, some non profit organization is suing the clown because,

Using toys to promote “Happy Meals” represents unfair and deceptive marketing and is illegal under various state consumer protection laws

See full article from WalletPop: http://srph.it/8ZQlIL
Oookay.
Another Excerpt:
“McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” CSPI litigation director Stephen Gardner said in a statement. “McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children’s developmental immaturity — all this to induce children to prefer foods that may harm their health. It’s a creepy and predatory practice that warrants an injunction.”
See full article from WalletPop: http://srph.it/8ZQlIL
I’m sorry, but I don’t mind McDonald’s. I don’t really care that, woo, they use cruddy plastic Chinese toys to ‘lure’ kids in. WOW. I WANT THAT CHEAP PIECE OF CRAP! Let’s go to McDonald’s!
No, it was more like, “Momma, can I get a chicken nugget at Mickey Dee’s?” “Yeah sure honey.”
And comparing McDonald’s to the freaks that try to kill kids…Uh, really? I mean, they CALL BACK stuff…They offer healthier alternatives. They don’t advocate for marijuana or alcohol or cigarettes. They don’t kidnap kids.
Wow. They sound SCARY! 🙄
Of course, PETA would disagree. But, um, PETA goes around dressed up like Ronald McDonald if he had been the clown in “It” (Which is a horror movie about a clown, FYI) and scares the pants off of small children by telling them they’re eating nice widdle animals.
Ugh.
So, you shouldn’t eat McDonald’s three times a day everyday. ITS A TREAT. That’s what fast food chains were and are for me; a little treat every so often. I don’t gorge. Everything in moderation, folks.
And then you have Burger King, Carl’s Jr., and Wendy’s. You going to sue them, too, you greedy, money-wanting weirdos? Just like the guy who sued Wendy’s when he ‘found’ a finger in his chili…That he had put there.
Speaking of Burger King, they just stopped putting up chicken nuggets on the menu because they thought they weren’t good enough. That sounds actually very kind and thoughtful..until you connect the dots.
A few weeks ago, about three or four days before BK released that, Mrs. Obama and Rachael Rae went on a mission, to *sniffle* save our kids from the horrors of chicken nuggets! Oh the saints! Wow! 🙄
So, BK is looking out for kids, just like Mrs. Obama, or perhaps are sacking chicken nuggets before they are forced to and penalized? My theory: the latter.
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5 Responses to “Happy Meal Toys Are…Creepy?”

  1. Martin II June 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    It was a woman that sued Wendy’s.

    I don’t object to McDonald’s being sued because their food is terrible. Fast food restaurants as a treat I can see at places like Wendy’s or West Side Drive-In (Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it. It only exists as one place in one city, and their food is AWESOME) but McDonald’s as a treat?

    Torture, maybe.

    The reason they are being sued is because they are using toys to tell children that “Toys=Good”, and “McDonald’s=Toys”, so therefore “McDonald’s=Good”.

    While not really illegal, its just plain dumb. And if children actually make a positive connection with those dumb Happy Meal Toys, then perhaps they need to have their brains thoroughly examined and we all should pray they keep out of the gene pool.

    • smlaarg June 24, 2010 at 8:25 am #

      Yes, but:

      1) They’re not suing McDonald’s because their food is terrible. They’re suing because apparently using toys is an evil, creepy gimmick that druggies use to get kids in, too. Last time I checked it was more like, “Hey, want some of my homemade candy?” or “I have a bunch of kitties in my van, want to come?”
      2) I’m not sure that would be a viable lawsuit; suing somebody because they’re a bad cook is just silly. Now, you could sue if you were fed raw shellfish or drugged-food in a restaurant, but you couldn’t sue if somebody just can’t cook well.

      • Martin II June 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

        That’s not what I said.

        I was saying that McDonald’s food is terrible, and that people that let their kids go there in the first place need to rethink their standards, and that the point is very difficult to explain, appearantly.

        Ever heard of Pavlov’s Dog?

        You know, how whenever Pavlov fed his dog he rang a bell. After doing this for a while, he was able to cause the dog to salivate whenever he rang the bell, whether or not he actually fed the dog.

        This is the same concept, the meat is “Crappy Meal” toys, and the bell is the actual “food” (I stretch this term).

        Which, in several states, is against the law.

        Conditioning on purpose is a crime that usually only kidnappers and other creepy such people (also certain schoolteachers, though they may fall under the second or first category) are convicted of.

        Yet also a crime.

        And I say, if they shut McDonald’s down, so much the better!

      • smlaarg June 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

        I have to disagree with those laws then (There are no such laws in CA), and I think that the idea isn’t quite the same with children, seeing as most kids eventually grow out of kid’s meals. There’s a difference between giving a toy (Which really is like a commercial, seeing as it’s almost always for a movie or something) with a meal, and saying, “I have some puppies in my car, let’s go get in my car, okay?” They might both be ‘hooks’ of some kind, but kidnappers don’t train kids to respond, and in my mind neither does McDonald’s.

        I think if you interview adults who were kids when McDonald’s was thriving and started giving out toys, they don’t get Happy Meals anymore and don’t always need a toy when they eat food.

        I must say that your wish probably won’t come true, seeing as it is the biggest fast food chain in the world.

        And if McDonald’s won’t be allowed to do that, what about really good quality food chains, like Wendy’s or especially Chick Fillet? They make all of their food rather well in my mind, and so must they close doors or stop doing toys? I seriously doubt a man who closes his restaurant on holidays and Sundays wants to abduct children.

  2. Bluee June 24, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Yeah, comparing McDonald’s to somebody like the Child Catcher (From Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang) is a bit too much for me. Yeah, sometimes the kids just want the toy, but to take it this far will make you go,”Honestly?”

    Pennywise the Dancing Clown…(From “It”) *shudders*

    *Uses false hope in voice* Praise be to God! Our First Lady is here to protect us! We’re all safe!

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