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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 08:07:49 AM  
With her good nutrition, we can all look forward to many decades of her being a disrespectful little biatch.
 
2013-05-24 08:10:04 AM  
I don't get it it. So many people are living their lives the wrong way. Things would be so much better if they'd just start living their lives correctly, like me.
 
2013-05-24 08:11:08 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.


I'm shocked that this woman and her child own part of this evil organization. They, by virtue of their partial ownership, are purveyors of misery and death.
 
2013-05-24 08:12:38 AM  
I guess I must be watching the wrong television shows.  I can not remember the last time I saw a McDonalds' commercial aimed at kids and I have no idea what the latest Happy Meal toy is.  Most of the commercials I see star attractive and successful African-Americans.  Maybe fewer people care about that group's health that the children's?
 
2013-05-24 08:16:58 AM  
Yea, right. Because small children are perfectly aware of the complexity of nutritional choices available to them and McDonald's doesn't at all craft their advertising to attract them.

vladimpaler: I guess I must be watching the wrong television shows.  I can not remember the last time I saw a McDonalds' commercial aimed at kids and I have no idea what the latest Happy Meal toy is.  Most of the commercials I see star attractive and successful African-Americans.  Maybe fewer people care about that group's health that the children's?


I'll bet it's pure coincidence that you're also not a kid anymore.....
 
2013-05-24 08:18:58 AM  

clovercat: Well go ahead and eat there. They serve healthy food.


[static2.businessinsider.com image 400x300]


Kids growing up in the 70s like us ate there all the time. We were much, much more healthy than current kids. I wonder why?

Oh, we actually played outside?

Quit blaming food, bunch of wussy little foodies.
 
2013-05-24 08:20:11 AM  

sendtodave: Fark can be so schizophrenic, I swear.

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


It's almost as if it's composed of a large number of different individuals, each with their own separate ideas on different issues, and who post at different times in different threads, and not a Borg-like hivemind after all... Weird!
 
2013-05-24 08:22:25 AM  
Why does he force kids to eat McDonald's? Because he's the one with the gun, dumbass. You have to do what the guy with the gun says. Obviously.
 
2013-05-24 08:22:42 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


Knocked it out of the park in one comment. No one is "forced" to eat anywhere in the USA. If this little girl's mother thinks kids are being led into McD's by gunpoint, she's a farking idiot and she needs to stop spreading her ignorance to her daughter. I can count on a clumsy machine shop worker's left hand the number of times my siblings and I were allowed to eat McDonalds while we were growing up. Why? Because my mom thought their food was unhealthy, and more over, not worth the money. Easy as that. Turns out kids DON'T rule the world. Maybe she should be campaigning against weak farking parents.
 
2013-05-24 08:22:44 AM  

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

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

It's almost as if it's composed of a large number of different individuals, each with their own separate ideas on different issues, and who post at different times in different threads, and not a Borg-like hivemind after all... Weird!


Oh, no, it's definitely a hivemind.  Just a petty, mercurial one.
 
2013-05-24 08:25:59 AM  
www.washingtonpost.com
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.
 
2013-05-24 08:28:44 AM  

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


That's what I was wondering. I admit that I don't know much about shareholders meetings, but don't you have to be a shareholder to attend? Does this meant that this "nutritional activist" is a McDonald's shareholder?
 
2013-05-24 08:35:44 AM  

Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.


That's a cute graphic, but 42 oz drinks and 12oz hamburgers are not all that common.
 
2013-05-24 08:35:45 AM  

sendtodave: Oh, no, it's definitely a hivemind. Just a petty, mercurial one.


Yet, here you are... Welcome to the hive, fellow drone!
 
2013-05-24 08:37:10 AM  

ShawnDoc: I hate people that insist on forcing their kids to get involved in political issues that the kids are too young to understand.


blog.nj.com
 
2013-05-24 08:40:20 AM  

Pixel_Jockey: Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.

That's a cute graphic, but 42 oz drinks and 12oz hamburgers are not all that common.


cdn.biggestmenu.com
You sound fat.
 
2013-05-24 08:42:17 AM  

Pixel_Jockey: That's a cute graphic, but 42 oz drinks and 12oz hamburgers are not all that common.


I think it's comparing unlike things at each end of the axis, but the general gist is still true. Portion sizes have gone up significantly.

It's hard anymore to go out to eat and get a burger that's less than 6 oz. It's common for them to be 8 oz. and it's not uncommon to have the option of a burger that's a full pound of meat.

On top of that there's cheese, bacon.... it's ridiculous.
 
2013-05-24 08:47:37 AM  
Shh, you're not supposed to know that the man goes out in a vehicle decorated like a happy meal bag and leaves a trail of cheeseburgers back to the McDonald's where he chains up the kids until they eat their happy meal.
 
2013-05-24 08:50:08 AM  

skozlaw: Pixel_Jockey: That's a cute graphic, but 42 oz drinks and 12oz hamburgers are not all that common.

I think it's comparing unlike things at each end of the axis, but the general gist is still true. Portion sizes have gone up significantly.

It's hard anymore to go out to eat and get a burger that's less than 6 oz. It's common for them to be 8 oz. and it's not uncommon to have the option of a burger that's a full pound of meat.

On top of that there's cheese, bacon.... it's ridiculous.


I was just at a brewery in NH that had a 5oz burger on the menu. It was perfect! I wish i could find that portion size more often.

/the beer was good too
 
2013-05-24 08:51:33 AM  

Hobodeluxe: The important question here is why does the USA today think this is worth reporting?


Because McDonald's has fallen behind in ad purchases
 
2013-05-24 08:53:15 AM  
Is Ronald putting a gun to your head?  No?  Then STFU and GTFO.  Go eat elsewhere.

(insert ronaldwtfamireading.jpg)
 
2013-05-24 08:55:46 AM  
Let's see, last time I ate at McDonald's was about FIFTEEN YEARS ago.  I could care less what they are doing, I CHOOSE not to eat there.
 
2013-05-24 08:57:57 AM  
Why dose this Nutritional Activist open a restaurant that serves healtghy foods to compete with McDonald's? That is the American way. I would eat there if the food tasted good and the prices were reasonable.
 
2013-05-24 08:59:18 AM  
Oops. that should be healthy foods.
 
2013-05-24 09:02:33 AM  

ggecko: Let's see, last time I ate at McDonald's was about FIFTEEN YEARS ago. I could care less what they are doing, I CHOOSE not to eat there.


I sometimes get a bagel breakfast sandwich. They're good to for the occasional greasy junk food craving and big enough you can skip lunch and have a light dinner.
 
2013-05-24 09:15:20 AM  
Gee y'know what I hate you pretentious little brat? Parents who use their kids to forward their own agenda and also, parents who can't learn to say no to their kids. If they market toward children it's because that is their target market. It's as simple and easy as saying "no, that's a special treat, tonight we eat something I made from scratch at home, at the table, as a family". Her mom probably breaks the kid out at parties as a fun trick.
 
2013-05-24 09:21:39 AM  
That's it, just keep whining about how personal responsibility has died and how no one should be told what to do except kids by their parents and blah blah blah while completely ignoring that we're all getting crazy fat.

Saying "parents should do a better job" doesn't do anything to fix the problem, and there is a problem.  Today's Colorado 
(thinnest state) is as obese as 1995's Alabama (fattest state.)
 
2013-05-24 09:25:28 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?

Also not staged
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-24 09:28:46 AM  

OnlyM3: 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?
Also not staged
[1.bp.blogspot.com image 666x444]


Oh come on. Next you'll tell me this wasn't staged.

images.sodahead.com
 
2013-05-24 09:31:43 AM  
I bet that a lot of her birthday party invitations get lost in the mail.
 
2013-05-24 09:35:57 AM  

werty789: Why dose this Nutritional Activist open a restaurant that serves healtghy foods to compete with McDonald's? That is the American way. I would eat there if the food tasted good and the prices were reasonable.


Because people who live their lives being "offended" at everything are generally only "good" at being offended by everything. This woman is an impotent, mediocre tyrant who has likely failed in all other aspects of her life.
 
2013-05-24 09:41:53 AM  

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


It terrifies me that people are so easily duped by blatant manipulation by advertisers. Grow a brain, morans.
 
2013-05-24 09:45:09 AM  
Green pepper and onion meatball on Wonder bread was good enough for me, dammit!
 
2013-05-24 09:45:26 AM  

Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.


this.  Especially the sodas.  Sometimes I order a meal and get the medium size but ask for a small soda.  the medium barely fits in my cupholders or is too top heavy to hand a turn and the large, I don't need a large QUART of soda to go with a hamburger.

Lsherm: Look, McDonald's isn't the problem.  Their salads and their fruit packs don't sell as well as the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder.  Even those new "healthy" wraps they're offering are rocking over 550 calories and 20g of fat on average.

No one wants healthy fast food.  If they did, then your local wheatgrass smoothie chain would be nationwide and making billions.  If McDonald's changed to "Broccoli R Us" they'd be out of business in a year.   That isn't their fault, it's our fault.


No, its broccoli's fault for not tasting as delicious as a cow. cow-flavored soy.
 
2013-05-24 09:48:46 AM  

Hyjamon: Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.

this.  Especially the sodas.  Sometimes I order a meal and get the medium size but ask for a small soda.  the medium barely fits in my cupholders or is too top heavy to hand a turn and the large, I don't need a large QUART of soda to go with a hamburger.


Since purchasing a BMW (yeah, pricks on the inside), I have to get a small everywhere I go.  Anything larger than that won't fit in the cupholder.  I imagine some stern German engineer saying "cars are for driving, not for drinking!"
 
2013-05-24 09:57:20 AM  
Oh good.  A "news" story whose theme is, "Stupid health-conscious stupid people are stupid, and say stupid things.  All of them.  For example, this nine-year-old."

USA! USA! USA!
 
2013-05-24 10:10:23 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Since purchasing a BMW (yeah, pricks on the inside), I have to get a small everywhere I go.  Anything larger than that won't fit in the cupholder.  I imagine some stern German engineer saying "cars are for driving, not for drinking!"


I can fit a large Taco Bell cup in my 128i cupholder, but shifting gears becomes a biatch.
 
2013-05-24 10:12:35 AM  

Thunderpipes: clovercat: Well go ahead and eat there. They serve healthy food.


[static2.businessinsider.com image 400x300]

Kids growing up in the 70s like us ate there all the time. We were much, much more healthy than current kids. I wonder why?

Oh, we actually played outside?

Quit blaming food, bunch of wussy little foodies.


This in a huge way. Kids don't play outside much at all anymore; it's too hot, there's three feet of snow on the ground with roving bands of child molesters skulking about.

Besides, with Internet and Xbox, why would anyone go outside?
 
2013-05-24 10:14:01 AM  
You say kids aren't forced to eat there, but I can remember being a kid and not having a choice.

We ended up at SickDonalds, because my idiot sister wanted to go there.  I protested, frequently loudly, but was still handed that awful hamburger tasting of sawdust and the cardboard fries.  I still don't understand how you people could possibly like those fries, they're some sort of reconstituted potato mush, very slight changes to the processing and that stuff would be the box, not the fries.

But yes, I was forced to eat there.  I would have been perfectly happy with some broiled scallops over rice, and some steamed asparagus, maybe with a nice mustard sauce.  I would have been ecstatic with a nice plate of crab, or some steamed oysters, or...  well, you get the idea.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't necessarily healthy food, I wanted my butter, I wanted my cheese, I wanted my cream sauces.
 
2013-05-24 10:14:11 AM  

tricycleracer: Rapmaster2000: Since purchasing a BMW (yeah, pricks on the inside), I have to get a small everywhere I go.  Anything larger than that won't fit in the cupholder.  I imagine some stern German engineer saying "cars are for driving, not for drinking!"

I can fit a large Taco Bell cup in my 128i cupholder, but shifting gears becomes a biatch.


I have a 328i:
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I can wedge it in the console, but then I can't shift without holding my arm at a ridiculous angle.
 
2013-05-24 10:26:23 AM  

Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.


7 ounces!? My kids milk at school is at least a pint! Hell it was only recently I saw those tiny 8 oz. cans at the supermarket.
 
2013-05-24 10:27:40 AM  
All I came here to say is BOGO Big Macs this weekend!

/NY Metro Area
//YMMV
 
2013-05-24 10:33:16 AM  

ajgeek: Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.

7 ounces!? My kids milk at school is at least a pint! Hell it was only recently I saw those tiny 8 oz. cans at the supermarket.


I thought all school milks were half-pints.
 
2013-05-24 10:34:00 AM  

Yes this is dog: BarkingUnicorn: Whatever Mom has been feeding this kid can't be much healthier than McD's:

[www.gannett-cdn.com image 534x401]

The actual food, or the poison she feeds her kid's head?



i162.photobucket.com

Yes.
 
2013-05-24 10:37:16 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 laughed. "Think about it. Eventually you and I know there's going to be another draft. How can there not be? The military is already spread all over hell-and-back. But who's going to draft a nation full of fatties?"

Suddenly I noticed his eye was doing that twitchy thing, and his grin was a bit too toothy. As I felt myself about to heave, a pain shot through my left shoulder. I looked in horror to see a hypodermic needle.

As I drifted off to slumber, Don said, "I'm sorry again for the mix-up. I've got a crack team of surgeons coming over here to get all of that out of you. You'll be back to your old self in no time."

I awoke with a barely-visible surgery scar in my abdomen. In my wallet, I found a card good for "a lifetime of free McDonald's." I'm not in a hurry to use it.

So yes, Hannah. There is a Don Thompson. And as much as you might think he's a big meanie right now, you have to realize he cares about you and all of your little friends. He'd rather not see you sent to North Korea or Iran. He just wants you to enjoy a Happy Meal or seven and live a good American life.


This, this is awesome.

I am going to start singing Don Thompson carols.
 
2013-05-24 10:49:21 AM  
For a few moments, Hannah Robertson - whose mother, Kia ...

STOP.  How many generations of crazy we talking about here?  Because that's at least three.
 
2013-05-24 10:58:54 AM  

NewportBarGuy: I think my parent's took me there like 10 times as a kid (not counting road trips where it's all you can get on the highway). That was the 80's and 90's.

Shut your suck, lady and stop brainwashing your kid!


This.  She's probably brainwashing her to be an atheist too.
 
2013-05-24 11:10:09 AM  

Nabb1: I don't like McDonald's for my kids, either. That's why it's only a special treat and not a regular thing for them. I'm just not sanctimonious about it, nor do I blame McDonald's for forcing the occasional indulgence upon me.


And my daughter gets the apples rather than fries.
 
2013-05-24 11:10:16 AM  

Dafatone: That's it, just keep whining about how personal responsibility has died and how no one should be told what to do except kids by their parents and blah blah blah while completely ignoring that we're all getting crazy fat.


We're not ignoring it; we're hypothesizing why it's happening and how to fix it.
 
2013-05-24 11:13:53 AM  

Rapmaster2000: ajgeek: Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.

7 ounces!? My kids milk at school is at least a pint! Hell it was only recently I saw those tiny 8 oz. cans at the supermarket.

I thought all school milks were half-pints.


Exactly. Where the hell do kids get full pints of milk? That's actually too much milk I'd say for anyone younger than say, 5th grade, at one sitting.
 
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