McDonald's Happy Meal Toys to be Banned in San Francisco?
by Zachary Shahan
We know that fast food is bad for us. It's filled with excessive calories, sodium and fat. It's "meals" are often based largely on meat, which is very damaging to the environment as well as our health.
Yet, we seem to think it's completely alright to use toys and other kid-oriented incentives to entice children to eat fast food and get them hooked on the habit early. McDonald's, alone, spends hundreds of millions a year on toy promotions.... And it rakes in $40-50 billion a year from kids 12 and under, plus another $670 billion on "family" purchases.
Well, apparently some folks in San Francisco have decided that this is completely inappropriate and predatory marketing.
Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee voted 3-0 in favor of an ordinance (PDF) to limit toy giveaways in children's meals that have excessive calories, sodium and fat.
McDonald's Happy Meal Toys to be Banned in San Francisco? | Reuters
Another example of certain folks thinking they know better than you. Statism and tyranny.