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(USA Today)   Nine-year-old girl asks McDonald's CEO why he forces kids to eat at McDonald's. Oh, and her mother is a "nutritional activist"   (usatoday.com) divider line 288
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2013-05-24 06:25:27 AM  

Great Janitor: Whatever fatass. In my opinion, we should round up all the hover round riding fatsos and convert them into a nutritional food like substance to distribute to third world countries.

Wow, mass murder and cannibalism, for those guilty of the crime of being fat. Please, just stop talking, there really isn't any way I can respect you any less.


And I was just going to suggest as an alternative, a nice healthy chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A.
 
2013-05-24 06:25:59 AM  
When I've visited the US, the ludicrous portion sizes in random cafes and restaurants makes the standardised sizing of McDonalds look positively health-conscious. At least you know what you're eating.

I've had many regular main meals in Texas and Las Vegas that would have easily been 2500 calories on the plate in a single course, and half a salt-mine.
 
2013-05-24 06:28:31 AM  

Pugdaddyk: Choices...how do they farking work?


You must not have gotten the memo. Choice is only for abortion. Not for things like what you can eat, schools you can send your kid to or gun ownership.
 
2013-05-24 06:30:33 AM  

Great Janitor:

So, either parents today have lost their entire backbone and lets their kids run the household, or, you're completely wrong.


So based purely on your anecdote, the only possible conclusion must be this binary choice. Sounds reasonable...did I say reasonable? Or false dichotomy?

Lots of parents make poor decisions for their kids and/or just to shut them up, that's the point. The kids often end up picking where they go, and kids will pick places that cater to them i.e. fast food.
 
2013-05-24 06:37:23 AM  

justoneznot: You want nutritious food, so you....go to a McDonalds shareholder meeting? Why didn't you just go to the grocery store? There's plenty of places she could find like-minded people. A shareholder's meeting for McDonalds is one of the last places I'd think to go. Don't like McDonalds? Don't go. I certainly don't, but others are free to choose to. That's what's great about having different options.


She was standing up for all the children out there that are fooled by slick advertising into wanting McDonald's.

It would be cowardly to just ignore the problem and do nothing. She wants to protect others, the way her mom protects her!
 
2013-05-24 06:38:58 AM  
Fark can be so schizophrenic, I swear.

One day it's mocking lard-butts, the next it's championing personal choice.
 
2013-05-24 06:45:03 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: With all due respect to this lady and her daughter, why was a child allowed into the annual shareholders meeting?


They own McDonalds stock.
 
2013-05-24 06:45:39 AM  

mike_d85: AverageAmericanGuy: With all due respect to this lady and her daughter, why was a child allowed into the annual shareholders meeting?

They own McDonalds stock.


Can a child own stock?
 
2013-05-24 06:45:58 AM  
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2013-05-24 06:46:53 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Can a child own stock?


Yes.
 
2013-05-24 06:47:04 AM  
It sort of scares me how complacent people are in regards to blatant manipulation by advertisers.
 
2013-05-24 06:49:03 AM  

sendtodave: Fark can be so schizophrenic, I swear.

One day it's mocking lard-butts, the next it's championing personal choice.


You can eat at McDonald's without becoming a lard-butt, you know (I still think it's a dumb personal choice).

And you are clueless about the meaning of schizophrenic.
 
2013-05-24 06:49:08 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: mike_d85: AverageAmericanGuy: With all due respect to this lady and her daughter, why was a child allowed into the annual shareholders meeting?

They own McDonalds stock.

Can a child own stock?


Yes, but her mother would hold the shareholder's voting rights. She would likely be allowed to have her daughter speak though.
 
2013-05-24 06:51:53 AM  
Reading fark comments on the subject of food is like reading a tea party website's comments on social justice.
 
2013-05-24 06:52:05 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: mike_d85: AverageAmericanGuy: With all due respect to this lady and her daughter, why was a child allowed into the annual shareholders meeting?

They own McDonalds stock.

Can a child own stock?


I can't imagine why not.  People used to give kids Savings Bonds back in he day.  It should be the same principle
 
2013-05-24 06:56:20 AM  

PapaChester: I read about this. I hate these kinds of people. Don't like the food? Then don't eat there! Your kids want to go but you don't want them to? Say no, idiot!

This is the mother farking U.S.A.. No one is forcing you stupid adults to eat at McDonalds

The fact that they have cheap and healthy options makes these people look even more foolish. Good for the CEO, standing up for his company.


"McDonalds is the place to rock."
W. Willis


Yeah, so much THIS.  If you don't like it, fine, don't eat there. But some people do like eating there, and who the hell are you to try and interfere in what others choose to eat?
 
2013-05-24 07:01:23 AM  

wyltoknow: It sort of scares me how complacent people are in regards to blatant manipulation by advertisers.


Probably has something to do with the fact that apparently even 9-year-olds aren't particularly susceptible to it.  Being upset about it would be like being worried about a guy on a mountaintop ten miles away trying to smack you with a three-foot padded bat.  Sure, maybe his intent is a bit annoying, but it's not like it's even going to work.

//Think about it.  During your childhood, did you ever buy something based on the advertising that wasn't already money you were going to sped frivolously (e.g. toys)?  Food ads don't do a goddamned thing to children, because they don't farkin' care.
 
2013-05-24 07:03:28 AM  
Lsherm: ...No one wants healthy fast food....


Umm....I do. McDonalds doesn't get more than maybe $5 a year of my money, because their healthy food is monstrously overpriced.

Probably has something to do with how the farm bill doesn't really help fruit-and-vegetable farmers.
 
2013-05-24 07:07:48 AM  

optikeye: Mc D's was around long before the epidemic of obesity in the USA. Look at pictures of the general population from the 60's and 70's and early 80's. You see very few obese people compaired to today.



Well, thats because Americans had the good sense to hide their obese from the eyes of the general public, in the basement, next to crazy Aunt Beulah.
 
2013-05-24 07:08:28 AM  
My only beef with the food industry is how school lunches are so often just junk food. French fries and cookies should not be profit makers for schools.

McDs...a fine company overall. I eat there occasionally and they do have options that are reasonably low cal (not healthy of course).

My body my choice!

/ not a fatty just don't like being told what to do
 
2013-05-24 07:08:42 AM  
Well go ahead and eat there. They serve healthy food.


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2013-05-24 07:09:17 AM  
But seriously, he handled the staged hitjob from the little cute nine  year old wonderfully.  Article should have been entilted "We were tipped off that the McDonalds CEO would look foolish, but dude schools girl"
 
2013-05-24 07:11:01 AM  

Great Janitor: Richard C Stanford: Great Janitor: Hmmm...I've never seen anyone ever at McDonalds because the company forced them into their building.  I'm not sure "forces" is the right word.

Yesterday I was on break with a 17 year old male coworker who was telling me how I could have gotten a healthier lunch option than Jack in the Box.  I told him "Look, I'm only going to be on this Earth for one lifetime.  So I have maybe a century to enjoy all I can from it.  Now, which option sounds better, bland healthy meals with water diet and exercise and a 100 year life span, or Jack in the Box and a soda for the occasional meal, cigars, booze, exercise that is not much more than sleeping around and running away from the angry husbands of the cheating wives you bedded and a life span of much less than 100 years."  He said, "But you'll live longer not living life as a hedonistic ass."  I said "True, but I'm enjoying my life, my wife doesn't know when I get off from work and don't you have an older sister?"

Whatever fatass. In my opinion, we should round up all the hover round riding fatsos and convert them into a nutritional food like substance to distribute to third world countries.

Wow, mass murder and cannibalism, for those guilty of the crime of being fat.  Please, just stop talking, there really isn't any way I can respect you any less.


Don't be so negative. It was just a modest proposal.
 
2013-05-24 07:11:31 AM  

GreenAdder: It's true. Don Thompson showed up at my door just the other day. He said he was going to robble the place. I suspected that he was going to try to sell me encyclopedias instead, so I wouldn't let him in. When I assured that he was just going to robble robble, I relented. Instead, for the next five hours, he tied me to a chair and played Ludwig Von Beethoven while shoving hamburgers into my gob. It was like "A Clockwork Orange," but with sesame seeds.

After the fifth hour, he stopped and growled at me. "Where are your kids?!"

When I informed him my wife and I had no children, he howled with rage and kicked over my television. Then he suddenly became placid and docile, untying me and helping me to my feet.

"I'm terribly sorry," he offered. "I only forcefeed children. I had assumed you had kids. Is this [address redacted]?]"

Spitting out a pickle slice, I shook my head. I felt like I was going to throw up. "No. That's... that's three blocks over."

"Damn," he said, lighting up a cigarette. I don't usually allow smoking in my place, but this time I didn't say anything. I was partially afraid he'd get riled up again, and I also kind of felt sorry for him.

"It's these parents. They don't realize they can just tell their little booger-biters, 'no, I'm not taking you to McDonald's.' So I have to find one or two kids in each neighborhood and fatten them up a bit."

Between between deep breaths, I uttered, "Uh... and this gets the other parents to say 'no?'"

He laughed. His spirits were suddenly up. "Quite the contrary, my now-rotund friend. It gets them to say yes. Their kids don't want to be the only ones on the block without a tummy full of my fatty foods. Profits are up. But do you know something? I don't do it for the profit. I don't do it because I hate kids. I do it for world peace."

Even though I was getting nauseous enough to ruin his hush-puppies with recycled McFood, I mustered the energy to look inquisitive.

"Oh, everyone always gives me that look," he lau ...


Thank you.
 
2013-05-24 07:17:19 AM  

Bungles: When I've visited the US, the ludicrous portion sizes in random cafes and restaurants makes the standardised sizing of McDonalds look positively health-conscious. At least you know what you're eating.

I've had many regular main meals in Texas and Las Vegas that would have easily been 2500 calories on the plate in a single course, and half a salt-mine.


This. We've got portion issues. Hell, I went to France and ate out every meal for a week+. Croissant for breakfast, lots of wine, etc. and I actually lost a little bit of weight.

/less fast than that sounded
 
2013-05-24 07:20:21 AM  
Yes this is dog:

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2013-05-24 07:21:07 AM  

ChubbyTiger: Bungles: When I've visited the US, the ludicrous portion sizes in random cafes and restaurants makes the standardised sizing of McDonalds look positively health-conscious. At least you know what you're eating.

I've had many regular main meals in Texas and Las Vegas that would have easily been 2500 calories on the plate in a single course, and half a salt-mine.

This. We've got portion issues. Hell, I went to France and ate out every meal for a week+. Croissant for breakfast, lots of wine, etc. and I actually lost a little bit of weight.

/less fast than that sounded


Don't worry, you don't sound very fast.
 
2013-05-24 07:21:48 AM  
Americans, let's face it: We've been a spoiled country for a long time. 
Do you know what the number one health risk in America is? 
Obesity. They say we're in the middle of an obesity epidemic.
An epidemic like it is polio. Like we'll be telling our grand kids about it one day.
The Great Obesity Epidemic of 2004.
"How'd you get through it grandpa?"
"Oh, it was horrible Johnny, there was cheesecake and pork chops everywhere."
Nobody knows why were getting fatter? Look at our lifestyle.
I'll sit at a drive thru. 
I'll sit there behind fifteen other cars instead of getting up to make the eight foot walk to the totally empty counter.
Everything is mega meal, super sized. Want biggie fries, super sized, want to go large. 
You want to have thirty burgers for a nickel you fat mother farker. There's room in the back. Take it!
Want a 55 gallon drum of Coke with that? It's only three more cents.

Sometimes you have to suffer a little bit in your youth to motivate yourself to succeed in later life.
Do you think if Bill Gates got laid in high school, do you think there'd be a Microsoft?
Of course not.
You got to spend a long time in your own locker with your underwear shoved up your ass before you start to think,
"You'll see. I'm going to take of the world of computers! I'll show them."
We're in one of the richest countries in the world,
but the minimum wage is lower than it was thirty five years ago.
There are homeless people everywhere.
This homeless guy asked me for money the other day.
I was about to give it to him and then I thought he was going to use it on drugs or alcohol.
And then I thought, that's what I'm going to use it on.
Why am I judging this poor bastard.
People love to judge homeless guys. Like if you give them money they're just going to waste it.
Well, he lives in a box, what do you want him to do? Save it up and buy a wall unit?
Take a little run to the store for a throw rug and a CD rack? He's homeless.
I walked behind this guy the other day. 
A homeless guy asked him for money.
He looks right at the homeless guy and says why don't you go get a job you bum.
People always say that to homeless guys like it is so easy.
This homeless guy was wearing his underwear outside his pants.
Outside his pants. I'm guessing his resume isn't all up to date.
I'm predicting some problems during the interview process.
I'm pretty sure even McDonalds has a "underwear goes inside the pants" policy.
Not that they enforce it really strictly, but technically I'm sure it is on the books.
 
2013-05-24 07:26:12 AM  
Stopped at McD's this morning for a Dollar Menu Sausage Biscuit and Caramel Frappe, so I'm getting a kick out of this... There is nothing wrong with McDonald's food.. If it were THAT bad do you think they'd still be in business?
 
2013-05-24 07:26:46 AM  

KeatingFive: Lsherm: ...No one wants healthy fast food....


Umm....I do. McDonalds doesn't get more than maybe $5 a year of my money, because their healthy food is monstrously overpriced.

Probably has something to do with how the farm bill doesn't really help fruit-and-vegetable farmers.


You are the rarity though. Most people say they want healthy options but so far they instead choose the fatty shiat.

IMO the content of processed foods are more worrisome than the portions or fat percentage.

Thank god the Republicans made pizza a vegetable. Now everyone is eating better!
 
2013-05-24 07:29:53 AM  
The McDonald's CEO did nazi that little food activist coming!
 
2013-05-24 07:32:20 AM  
Aw, isn't that cute...NOT.


1.bp.blogspot.comStupidity is not genetic, but it passes from parent to child. 

Keep up this kind of irresponsible finger pointing, and you have a very successful career as a lawyer ahead of you, kid.
 
2013-05-24 07:32:20 AM  
Just like how cigarette companies aren't responsible for explicitly marketing to children.

Just like how clothing companies arent responsible for making every woman bigger than a size two feel like a fat pig.
 
2013-05-24 07:34:19 AM  
"Hannah Robertson - whose mother, Kia, is a kid's nutritional activist and creator of an interactive children's game on nutrition calledToday I Ate a Rainbow"

So that's how they get rainbows to come out of their butts.
 
2013-05-24 07:35:24 AM  
I think McDonald's gets a bad rap.  A lot of them don't even have play places for kids anymore.  The company that targets children the most is Chick Fila.  They all have a play area, they give free food to kids on Tuesdays, and some of them even pay entertainers to perform magic, make balloon animals, and/or do face painting.  Little Jimmy doesn't want the cow comic book that comes with his kid's meal, he can trade it in for an icecream cone.
 
2013-05-24 07:40:08 AM  
Read about this while getting food at a McDonald's, so I'm getting a kick out of this. Seriously, GreenAdder and Great Janitor, you guys are my new favorite farkers. Perfect way to start the day.

//Sooooo many lols
//new keyboard, you owe me.
 
2013-05-24 07:40:10 AM  

Ilmarinen: sendtodave: Fark can be so schizophrenic, I swear.

One day it's mocking lard-butts, the next it's championing personal choice.

You can eat at McDonald's without becoming a lard-butt, you know (I still think it's a dumb personal choice).

And you are clueless about the meaning of schizophrenic.


schiz·o·phren·ic
adj.
1.Of, relating to, or affected with schizophrenia.
2.Of, relating to, or characterized by the coexistence of disparate or antagonistic elements
 
2013-05-24 07:42:19 AM  
I really want Nuggz now, but alas I made a solemn vow to abstain while my lady love is away. The love has died, and my bed is warmed by another, but I've kept my vow, and she swears she's kept hers.

Once or twice a year, we meet and enjoy those precious nuggets, dipped in ranch and sauce more sweet than sour, and then we part.

I regret that damn vow every time I go to McD's, but where would my honor be if I broke it?
 
2013-05-24 07:42:45 AM  

foo monkey: Just like how cigarette companies aren't responsible for explicitly marketing to children.

Just like how clothing companies arent responsible for making every woman bigger than a size two feel like a fat pig.


Why would clothing companies want women to feel fat?

Less cloth to sell.
 
2013-05-24 07:42:48 AM  

hardinparamedic: Am I the only one that is stupid and nieve enough to think that this was totally real and not staged in the least by some douchebag of a mother?


Yes.  Yes, you are.
 
mhd
2013-05-24 07:45:10 AM  
I present: The "Today I Ate a Rainbow" song.

/Cute kid, but it's no Menu Song
 
2013-05-24 07:51:45 AM  
The CEO thanked Hannah for her comments, ending with this compliment, "I think it's great that you want to eat more fruits and veggies."

www.gannett-cdn.com

Then he called her a racist, food bigot.
 
2013-05-24 07:53:36 AM  
Didn't anyone at Corporate sound this out before naming it the "McWrap?" Depending on where you accent the word, it's either a description of the type of sandwich....or how it tastes.

gaia.adage.com
 
2013-05-24 07:54:31 AM  
They put a new mcds locally, they built the road so it would go right through the drive thru lane. No choice about it, can't even drive past. They MAKE you pull out your plastic and pay for the food they made you order. Crazy.
 
2013-05-24 07:54:50 AM  
Well, personal responsibility is important of course, but it's very true that the food industry crowds out healthy options. It's easy to say, "don't eat at McDonald's" but really any fast-food place is equally bad. What's that? Cook at home. Much of the food at the supermarket is also unhealthy and twisted by marketing. Also, many people either have no time or simple don't want to cook. Being able to choose to eat out is also part of "freedom," as is the choice to eat unhealthfully, as I see people have pointed out. And the so-called healthy choices that McDonald's does provide, while better, are also far from healthy. Indeed they exist mostly so people can feel better about themselves while ordering something else (something more fattening). Don't think you need to stand up for the food industry. The truth is they have made all the choices for you, while making it seem that they've given you that power. Real choice, real freedom, will only come if more people like this little girl put the industry's feet to the fire. Is she doing this because of her mom? Absolutely. But do not any of us instill values in our kids, deciding what their beliefs will be until they're old enough to start questioning the world independently. What I'm seeing in comments both on the article page is that people will go to great lengths to stand up to an industry that gives not one shiat about them. This is testament to the fine work being done by the teams of psychologists that the hood industry employs. Did anoint read the NYT expose about Lay's? The former CEO says, "I feel so sorry for the public." referencing the work he had done in creating a more addictive potato chip. The food industry is third in line after big tobacco and big pharma in terms if evil done, make no mistake. In 20 years we'll be looking at McDonald's the same way we look at Philip Morris today. But I still eat at McDonald's, perhaps once a month. That's a choice I make.
 
2013-05-24 07:58:36 AM  

PapaChester: I read about this. I hate these kinds of people. Don't like the food? Then don't eat there! Your kids want to go but you don't want them to? Say no, idiot!

This is the mother farking U.S.A.. No one is forcing you stupid adults to eat at McDonalds

The fact that they have cheap and healthy options makes these people look even more foolish. Good for the CEO, standing up for his company.


"McDonalds is the place to rock."
W. Willis


Please bear in mind the advertising budget for McDonalds.  People forget that advertising isn't an informative product, it's a persuasive product and so while you might not be swayed by the advertising, millions of others are drawn in like moths to the flame.
 
2013-05-24 08:00:50 AM  
For some reason this makes me feel extremely awkward and embarrassed for this girl. Like, more than normal.
 
2013-05-24 08:01:47 AM  
How dreary it must be to exist in a perpetual state of victim-hood.
 
2013-05-24 08:03:12 AM  

maliklockett: AverageAmericanGuy: mike_d85: AverageAmericanGuy: With all due respect to this lady and her daughter, why was a child allowed into the annual shareholders meeting?

They own McDonalds stock.

Can a child own stock?

I can't imagine why not.  People used to give kids Savings Bonds back in he day.  It should be the same principle


Sure. My aunt bought me some stock in the bank where she worked when I was nine. I used to follow it and look it up in the financial pages in the newspaper every morning. It was non-voting stock, of course.
 
2013-05-24 08:07:33 AM  
I give alot of credit to the CEO for his gracious answer. I guess answering stupid grandstanding questions are part of the job requirement.
 
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