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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Mell View Post
    It is starting to become a national problem, here in Germany. There are so many overweight kids, with bad teeth..
    Which is the fault of the parents, not McDonalds.

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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    I'm curious...those of you who think the lawsuit should be tossed: Would you feel the same way about, say, cigarette companies advertising to children? Back in the early 1960s, they used to show Fred Flintstone smoking Winston cigarettes during the commercial breaks. And as recently as the 1990s, there was the whole controversy about Joe Camel. I'm just wondering if you think there is a clear distinction between that and McDonald's, and if so, what that distinction is. Or do you think that the cigarette advertising should be legal as well?

    Not trying to bait, I'm genuinely curious. I really don't have an opinion on the McDonald's case yet, but in any case it doesn't sound like an open-and-shut frivolous lawsuit to me.

    I guess the main distinction (at least from my perspective) is that cigarettes are illegal for minors to consume, and McDonald's isn't. But that's a bit shaky of a defense IMO, because the plaintiffs are not alleging that McDonald's tried to get them to break the law by advertising their toys...only that McDonald's tried to get them addicted by advertising their toys.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I'm curious...those of you who think the lawsuit should be tossed: Would you feel the same way about, say, cigarette companies advertising to children?
    Neither should be allowed to advertise to children, but neither of them should be held liable for having done so while it was legal.

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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Holy fatman eating to much leads to obesity not friggen toys.
    Wait.. you're not supposed to eat the toy?

    I find it funny that they are suing McDonald's. I would personally blame the parents for letting their children eat so much junk. I don't have kids of my own but I take care of kids a lot and the one thing you have to learn is to be the boss. It's okay to let them get their way every once in awhile but you need to be firm and make them understand that your word is final, and tears don't sway you. If the parents let their kids have a happy meal every time the kid screams for one then it's not McDonald's fault. Just like if an Alcoholic buys beer from a store, is it somehow the stores fault? Pretty sure the responsibility lies with the person.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Frozengale View Post
    Wait.. you're not supposed to eat the toy?

    I find it funny that they are suing McDonald's. I would personally blame the parents for letting their children eat so much junk. I don't have kids of my own but I take care of kids a lot and the one thing you have to learn is to be the boss. It's okay to let them get their way every once in awhile but you need to be firm and make them understand that your word is final, and tears don't sway you. If the parents let their kids have a happy meal every time the kid screams for one then it's not McDonald's fault. Just like if an Alcoholic buys beer from a store, is it somehow the stores fault? Pretty sure the responsibility lies with the person.
    The other night I was doing homework with my girlfriends kiddo. He wanted to watch TV and started bawling his eyes out over it. I simply told him "I don't care if you watch TV or not. I do care if you do your home work or not." He was so worked up he was like "Winston, I'm trying to stop and I'll finish my homework." It took him a few minutes but he calmed down and finished his homework. Then we watched some Godzilla like thing.

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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I'm curious...those of you who think the lawsuit should be tossed: Would you feel the same way about, say, cigarette companies advertising to children?.
    Unless McDonalds is selling rum cake and pot brownies to little kids it is not the same.

    Back in the early 1960s, they used to show Fred Flintstone smoking Winston cigarettes during the commercial breaks
    Not everyone who watches cartoons are children and most likely it was done to get the adults to buy smokes.


    And as recently as the 1990s, there was the whole controversy about Joe Camel. I'm just wondering if you think there is a clear distinction between that and McDonald's, and if so, what that distinction is.
    Distinction? McDonalds= food/legal for everyone to enjoy ,Cigarettes =tobacco/nicotine/not legal for minors.

    Or do you think that the cigarette advertising should be legal as well?
    Cigarette advertising should be legal.


    .only that McDonald's tried to get them addicted by advertising their toys
    Unless McDonalds puts crack n their food or put doses of nicotine in it, food is not addictive. A child simply liking a cheeseburger and fries or a cheese burger and apple slices is not a sign of addiction but merely the fact the child finds those things tasty.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Well there are a lot of things that influence children, but as your last statement says, it is the responsibility of the parent.

    I agree this lawsuit should fail and quickly.
    Yeah. I am so sick of these lame ass lawsuits. Also it is not like Mickey D's does not have more healthy options. I mean get your kid a salad, fruit, milk. Even a grilled chicken breast sammy
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Not only do the parents have control over what their children eat, they also have control over what their children watch. So if they're that worried about the advertising influencing their children to get them to buy Happy Meals, then maybe the parents should learn how to do 2 things. a) SAY NO b) turn the darn TV off See? It's really easy to not have to get a Happy Meal for your child if you are worried about them eating too much fast food. Plus, by turning the TV off to avoid commercials for Happy Meals, you have the added benefit that the kids will probably get bored and go outside and play.
    Well, it is still better, if kids are not constantly bombarded with junk food and advertising.

    Yes, they can go out and play, and while they are playing they will receive junk food gifts on a daily basis in the playground. Everybody gives kids candy. Even the shop staff hand it out, when parents take their kids to the supermarket, restaruant staff hand it out...

    And, yes I know already that there are lots of parents who consider themselves to be perfect, and claim to not feel any pressure from advertising and society, and that they will have all the perfect solutions to share about how the other less perfect parents can make themselves and their own kids perfect too. And, just because I feel like having a childish moment, I say ''Liar Liar, pants on fire'', to those parents.

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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    PS. The law suits are ridiculous though. Parents should not blame everything their kids do, on things like McDonalds. Though advertiseing makes it more difficult for parents to guide their kids, it does not make it impossible.

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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Neither should be allowed to advertise to children, but neither of them should be held liable for having done so while it was legal.
    Yeah, that is what I think too.

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