McDonalds Outsmarts San Francisco Government

@peavey (16866)
United States
December 1, 2011 12:13pm CST
Not that I think McDonald's is the epitome of food or America either, but I give them kudos for this one. It's a creative response to an idiot law. "Mr. Mar wants the government to do what he’s incapable of doing. He’s a wimp." http://godfatherpolitics.com/2375/mcdonalds-outsmarts-san-francisco-government/
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@crossbones27 (21195)
• Redlands, California
1 Dec 11
Good for you McDonald's. When are people going to learn you can pretty much eat what you want in moderation as long as you are getting the right nutrients each day and also exercise. That is right get off your lazy butt and take your dog for a walk, take a run, do some jumping jacks, go play some basketball. I have been hearing this go on for last few years and they hardly ever mention exercise. Its always tax junk food lets ban McDonalds but you don't have to exercise. Tell your little bratty kid to get away from the PlayStation and go chase the dog up a tree. Its not that hard to get exercise in. Plus you will be in a better mood. It can be actually fun if you use your noggin and please leave McDonald's alone. I need my Big Mac.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
1 Dec 11
I'm with you 100%. It's the same thing with school lunches. They keep saying kids are fat because the school lunches aren't healthy, yet nobody mentions that kids no longer have gym or recess. School lunches were crap when I was a kid too, but we had 1-2 hours a day of running around outside to stay in shape while at school. That's not even counting the fact that my parents made me play outside instead of playing nintendo all day.
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• United States
1 Dec 11
Yeah. Eating pepperoni pizza and some tater tots was no big deal when you got to play dodge ball and tag and flag football. But now with the every-Johnny-is-equally-special standards, kids aren't doing those things. They're replacing gym with reflection periods and feel-good specials about how there's no such thing as the little engine that could; no engine should have to.
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• Redlands, California
1 Dec 11
Wow, I am out of date on this one. They took recess away from kids. It must because I hate kids. If I was a kid, we would be having occupy the principles office. What moron came up with that law and can anyone give me a reason why they would do such a dumb thing.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Dec 11
This guy isn't "incapalbe"...he just is not responsible and caring enough to raise his child properly. I applaud McD's to. If this guy is so unable to handle the "pester" of a happy meal...what the heck is he going to do when he is confronted with the "pester" of "can I drive?" "can I have s*ex?" "Can I go to ____with the other kids..PPPLLLLEEEAASSEEEE" and such! Good grief, if Mc'D's is his only problem with child raising...this guy has got it made!!! I wish that had been my only concern...as I am sure most parents do! Like is has been said...the kids don't drive themselves to the fast food...they don't pay the bill....they don't go on hunger strike if they don't get that food, and they won't die if they don't get it! THese days, parents are just to lazy to handle parenthood...so they expect someone else to do it for them. Sad thing is...often they get that other person to do it for them.. in this case the government. But I bet the guy don't have a single problem allowing for things he likes And I have since wondered...why Mc'D's only? Every fast food place as the equivalent to a happy meal for the kids, some with toys, some with out...why haven't they been attacked?Why is Mc'D;s being singled out?
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
2 Dec 11
Maybe he will revamp the driving laws? As to the rest, he probably won't care. Some parents are either too lazy or scared of their kids. Although the way the laws are any more, sometimes it's scary to try to guide kids because the government interferes. But that's for another discussion! Why McDonald's? I don't know, unless maybe it's because they're the biggest target. If they fall, maybe they think it will make others toe the line. There may be a different reason, but I don't know it.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Dec 11
But the law only stiputlates Mc'D's...I wonder why they haven't filed for prejudice or something...the law states them only, not burger king or Wendys or any of the other places that have kids meals. And why can't Mc'D's have the option of denying this guy their food? You don't want to eat our food, you are banned from the premises. Courts are just broken these days..they seem to only satisfy one side...while being unfair to the other in cases like this. Guess we'll see. That happened last summer and I haven't heard of any of it lately...so it has probably run its course and hte happy meals now come with apples and such. My daughter did tell me..I think it was Mc'D's...that you have the CHOICE of fries or apples....so now if the person chooses the fries...they can't sue. Although they had the choice of going or not going, ordering happy meal or not ordering happy meal, so maybe it'll come out the same "I tried dto get my kid to order with the apples, but they wouldn't and I couldn't handle the "pester" if I made them get the apples, so I had to let them have the fries...". Nothing but lazy, stupid, irresponsible people!
@peavey (16866)
• United States
3 Dec 11
Yes, it's specifically against McDonald's, but one at a time, maybe? If they can make a point stick, then that gives them "precedence" to continue against others. I don't know, just thinking out loud, I guess. Lazy, stupid, irresponsible people, I totally agree. Selfish and short sighted, too.
@Fortunata (1136)
• United States
1 Dec 11
As that bully kid on The Simpsons would say, "Ha Ha!"
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
1 Dec 11
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
1 Dec 11
This just goes to show why private business and government are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to doing something right. Because there are some shoddy parents out there who stuff their kids' faces with junk for convenience, new law time! But with private business, okay, we'll skirt around your ridiculously stupid regulations, keep everyone happy, and even be charitable in the process. Thanks, stupid government! This is also a microcosm of why big corporations go out of their way to take advantage of loopholes. If government weren't so inherently shortsighted and foolish, business could be watched. You can liken it to the border. If you had something that made sense, a doorway for people to walk through in accordance with the law, you wouldn't have to focus so much on the back door and under-the-table and side alley activity. As a nation, we won't balk at big government until it drowns us all the way. But props to McDonald's for basically showing again that business can quickly and decidedly thump government. That's not to say that government won't eventually kick McDonald's out completely; but it does say that government doesn't know wtf it's doing when a dime can shatter decades of whining made law.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
1 Dec 11
I agree! The government doesn't have any business sense, as a general rule. Most politicians have never run a business so they have no clue. I'm glad that McDonald's still shows some creativity. Let's hope and pray the government never kicks out McDonald's. Not that McDonald's is so great, but they are an icon of American ingenuity and capitalism. We need things like that.
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@1hopefulman (32473)
• Canada
2 Dec 11
There has to be a better way of promoting health than as you state "idiot law?" What about...if the government rewarded monetarily those that used the health care system less or had less sick leave and so on?
@peavey (16866)
• United States
2 Dec 11
Maybe. Honestly, I think the government should just get out of the middle of it. It's really none of their business what food we buy or whether we are healthy. This law only came about because this Mar guy couldn't say no to his child, even for her own good. That's the epitome of bad parenting.
@1hopefulman (32473)
• Canada
2 Dec 11
Who was it that said, 'the government governs best that governs least?' Maybe that would be the way to go. Still, health is important and it must be promoted through positive ways. I see far too many younger people getting sick and some even dieing and it must be addressed but not through "idiot law."
@peavey (16866)
• United States
3 Dec 11
Jefferson said it. (I had to look it up.) I think the least amount of government gives people the freedom to breathe and think for themselves. Health is important, I agree wholeheartedly, but maybe if people weren't so controlled by some of these laws they'd have a chance to think about that. Education goes a long way, too, in showing people how to become healthy. If the governments want to regulate something, why not regulate food safety? For real, not just for pretend. Fake flavors, fake colors, fake texture... can that be good for us? Why not mandate real food? Why not make real physical education mandatory like it used to be?
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I remember posting about this when I first heard about the ban, and was against the ban. Now I am trying to make it so we never go there again because I am slowly changing my lifestyle and hope to bring my family along, because with research, I am finding more horrid things about fast food than ever before..Maybe if enough people quit going, (Like it said in the article, kids may want to eat there, but they can't drive)then possibly McD's will change, but I doubt it...
@peavey (16866)
• United States
2 Dec 11
As I said, I don't go to McDonald's but I support their freedom to sell their products to whoever wants to buy them. Freedom is about choice. The more laws we have like this, the fewer choices we have.
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• United States
2 Dec 11
That's true, they do have that right, just like I have a right to not buy their product...
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
4 Dec 11
I love this story. I think it is great the way McDonalds is sticking it to all those people who don't want to mind their own business. As I have said before it is not McDonald's fault that kids are getting fat. It is lazy parents who take them there several times a week to eat rather than cooking them a healthy well balanced meal at home. I think that if a parent wants to have an occasional break and take their kids to McDonald's to have a treat and a toy they should be able to. It is not the governments job to decide how I feed my kids and it is not some nosy people who can't mind thier own businesses job either. My kids are not fat if I want to take them to get a happy meal a couple of times a month I should be able to and they should be able to get a toy with that meal.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
5 Dec 11
I agree completely. A law to do what parents are too wimpy to do? Daddy Government can do that.
@bunnybon7 (37404)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Dec 11
omg, another person with no control over their kid. it will be hard to believe if this kid actually grows up and not get kidnapped or something. obviously she does as she pleases .
@peavey (16866)
• United States
2 Dec 11
Scary, isn't it, how many "parents" are such inept and wimpy individuals they can't even control a child. It's no wonder the nation is in such a mess.
@bagarad (12742)
• Paso Robles, California
2 Dec 11
I personally don't like to eat at McDonald's if I can help it, but I'm with them in this. Sounds to me like Mr. Mar is one who needs to have his kid taken away. (Just kidding.) But it shows to what lengths government will go to in order to control other people. As to the emphasis on healthy meals at school, kids will still eat what they like and throw the rest away unless they really are starving. As a teacher, I observed this -- both with school lunches and lunches sent from home. Teachers see it all.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I don't remember the last time I ate at McDonald's because the food doesn't agree with me (Neither does Taco Bell or KFC or many others; I'm NOT picking on McD!) But because some incompetent "parent" doesn't know how to say no is a stupid reason to handicap them with another law.