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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 75
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2013-05-23 08:36:23 PM
12 votes:
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
2013-05-23 11:06:20 PM
10 votes:
I hate people that insist on forcing their kids to get involved in political issues that the kids are too young to understand.
2013-05-23 10:03:06 PM
6 votes:
How do these innocent children independently get to McDonald's to buy their egregiously unhealthy food? Just do your job as a parent and tell your precious snowflake, "No McDonald's today, STFU and eat your broccoli."
2013-05-23 11:35:03 PM
5 votes:
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.
2013-05-24 05:43:34 AM
4 votes:
Her mother put her up to this... obvious. Just another activist getting their kids to do their dirty work.
2013-05-23 08:40:40 PM
4 votes:
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.
2013-05-24 06:14:32 AM
3 votes:

MayoSlather: The fark fatty brigade to the rescue, replete with an anecdotal arsenal of tales that ignore most of reality. Kids often choose where to eat and market research is well aware of this fact, otherwise they wouldn't bother directing advertising at kids.

Regardless of how much this girl was coached, she is correct. McDonalds heavily focuses their advertising efforts on children knowing full well that kids will beg their parents to go. And knowing that kids know little about nutrition or the addictive qualities of fatty foods, they're confident kids will roundly ignore the fact the food has little nutritional value.


When I was a kid (I'm 34), my parents told my sister and I to get to the car, we were going out to dinner.  I suggested we go somewhere and my dad stopped me and said "I'm your mother and I are the parents, we decide were we go out to eat.  You only get to decide on your birthday and when the day comes that you get a job and can pay for it."

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

Now, I'm not going to ignore that McDonald's does do a lot of advertising towards children, but that's business.  They serve a niche which is a place were you can take your kids to eat, have a playground for them to play on while their food is being prepped, and if your kid is playing on the playground for an hour after you're done eating, then you as the parent just might buy a pie or an extra order of fries, it's a form of keeping you in the restaurant to boost sales.  Nothing that they are doing forces anyone into their restaurants.  If the parents are caving into their kid's demands, then those are bad parents.
2013-05-24 05:51:06 AM
3 votes:
Lol, poor little kid being used as a TOOL by her own mother! She's lucky she wasn't born in a poor country, otherwise her mother might have sold her to prostitution or slave trade.
2013-05-24 05:40:36 AM
3 votes:
With all due respect to this lady and her daughter, why was a child allowed into the annual shareholders meeting?
2013-05-23 11:08:01 PM
3 votes:
That kid is screwed for life.
2013-05-23 10:51:20 PM
3 votes:
There are some people who won't be happy until fast food restaurants have to pay for ads showing obese people talking about all of the medical problems that their overindulgence led to, similar to what tobacco companies have to do now.

It's ridiculous on both counts - it's not a secret that eating fast food constantly isn't healthy.  Personal responsibility has to play the major role here, if you just can't resist that TV commercial showing smiling people eating McDonalds' food, the problem is your own lack of willpower.
2013-05-23 09:08:16 PM
3 votes:

optikeye: they used to be cooked in Beef Tallow oil--a small portion make you feel full; now they're 'healthy oil' but you want more to fill full).


I think they also taste like crap compared to the way they used to.
2013-05-23 08:51:55 PM
3 votes:
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.

Somethings have changed in Mc'D higher portions, and sodas with HFCS,  and super large fries. (they used to be cooked in Beef Tallow oil--a small portion make you feel full; now they're 'healthy oil' but you want more to fill full).

Fast Food isn't the problem and complaining about it makes you look silly, a lot of the problems where and are actually caused by well meaning people that substituent so called 'healthy' stuff for oils and butter. That makes you actually want to eat more.

Remember when "Butter" was bad for you and "Transfat Whipped Butter Subsititues" was considered healthy? Yeah, about that.
2013-05-24 03:50:05 PM
2 votes:

udhq: Jument: The free market says that the public wants disgustingly unhealthy fast food. Shouldn't they be allowed to have it?

No, the free market doesn't say that the public wants disgustingly unhealthy fast food.

When kids do something (like eat at McDonalds) because they've been conditioned with 15,000 incomplete, misleading sales pitches per day since birth, that isn't a "free market".

In order to have a "free market", consumers must have access to all the information necessary to make their decision.  That means:

a), either companies need to stop targeting children with advertising, or else schools need to teach kids how to intelligently "consume" those 15,000 commercial messages per day they are exposed to.

b), all these ads need to be required to TELL THE TRUTH, and by that I mean the WHOLE truth; there needs to be a message attached to each ad stating that this food is not safe to consume more than once a month or so, or else a message stating that when used as directed, this food will cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease and early death.


First, you clearly don't understand what a free market system is, so your points are inherently invalid, but even if they weren't:

a) What you fail to accept is that it is not McDonald's job to police what you eat. It's their job to provide a product people want and to sell that product the best they can within the bounds of the law.  Any social responsibility a company takes beyond that is optional and really just another angle at increasing their bottom line. Typically, large companies become more socially responsible because they have to, they're trying to capitalize on the current market, or maybe lure in more investors. There are plenty of reasons, but none of them are because they really care about you. McDonalds offering healthier options was designed to pull in more customers, particularly the goldenmillennial market. McDonalds isnot responsible for raising your children. Neither is any other business, not even public schools. If you can't handle that, then don't have children.

b) Those ads do tell the truth. Is it a colored version that paints them in the best light? Absolutely. Is it a flat out lie? No, there are actually laws against that. I haven't seen one person post a McDonalds ad that lies, despite requests to do so. I have seen you lie. You could eat McDonalds everyday and be fine, provided you take care of yourself other ways. McDonalds doesn't say you don't need to exercise. McDonalds doesn't say that diet of nothing but fries is a healthy way to eat. McDonalds assumes, unfortunately incorrectly, that you aren't a moron. They assume that you have some control over what and where you're kids eat. They don't hide anything. All nutritional information is provided, no studies are hidden. Anything you could ever want to know about McDonald or their food is just a few keystrokes away. You want them to actively market against their product and change to offer what it's pretty clear the majority doesn't want. Why not go after Mars? They sort of imply that Snickers are something other than candy because they have peanuts. Or Pepsi? They offer a soda with 60% less sugar, which is still way to much to drink to excess. Companies aren't responsible for you and I'll be damned if I want them telling me what I can and cannot eat. They provide a product and I choose to buy it. And if I'm old enough to buy it myself (which would imply a job of some kind, or at least an allowance which is controlled by the parents) then I should be allowed too. If not, then it would have been my parents job to regulate what I buy. Just because you don't want to take personal responsibility, doesn't mean you can force someone else too. That's the problem with people today. They're lazy, don't want to put in the effort and blame someone else for their mistakes.

//Feels old
2013-05-24 12:12:26 PM
2 votes:
No one is FORCED to eat fast food. Obese adults have only themselves to blame, but if a young person is obese by the time they get to high school it is the parents' fault. My late husband and I had our kids playing rec league basketball and soccer from the age of 5 years. They continued on through the middle school and high school teams (adding track).

Plus our kids grew up watching us parents walk, run, lift weights and practice soccer with them (I still have my cleats). I cooked during the work/school week: fast food was the weekend treat.

We never had problems with weight. My husband and son have passed but my daughter, who is 25 yo now still runs and cycles and is a brick house. I run long distance, lift weighs and dance (my pic is in my profile). We eat all we want.

Parents HAVE to be active with their kids. If the child has a medical condition that contributes to obesity (thyroid, PCOS) then the parents have to work doubly hard to make sure the child maintains a healthy weight because it's not just about looks - it's about mobility, strength and quality of life!
2013-05-24 11:46:29 AM
2 votes:
That little girl has the look of someone who is going to turn 18 and then have a lesbian affair with a minor and then try and garner as much attention as she possibly can. Just a hunch.
2013-05-24 09:35:57 AM
2 votes:

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 08:53:15 AM
2 votes:
Is Ronald putting a gun to your head?  No?  Then STFU and GTFO.  Go eat elsewhere.

(insert ronaldwtfamireading.jpg)
2013-05-24 08:18:58 AM
2 votes:

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


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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 08:01:47 AM
2 votes:
How dreary it must be to exist in a perpetual state of victim-hood.
2013-05-24 07:09:17 AM
2 votes:
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 06:45:03 AM
2 votes:

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 06:19:19 AM
2 votes:

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.
2013-05-24 05:59:08 AM
2 votes:
The fark fatty brigade to the rescue, replete with an anecdotal arsenal of tales that ignore most of reality. Kids often choose where to eat and market research is well aware of this fact, otherwise they wouldn't bother directing advertising at kids.

Regardless of how much this girl was coached, she is correct. McDonalds heavily focuses their advertising efforts on children knowing full well that kids will beg their parents to go. And knowing that kids know little about nutrition or the addictive qualities of fatty foods, they're confident kids will roundly ignore the fact the food has little nutritional value.
2013-05-24 05:54:13 AM
2 votes:

Lsherm: 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.


Sort of.  I was actually shocked at the number of fast food chains serving "healthy" food on the west coast while I was visiting.  I've lived on the east coast my whole life and it is entirely different over here.  Even the same restaurants serve different menus.

I guess it really is just a cultural thing.
2013-05-24 02:03:29 AM
2 votes:
I have nothing against McDonalds at all in terms if the healthfulness or lack thereof of their poducts. But around 10 years ago I just stopped liking anything sold there (except the Coke.) I think it's just my personal preferences, but McDonalds just doesn't taste good to me anymore.

/had a Big Mac tonight
//it was pretty gross
2013-05-23 11:37:08 PM
2 votes:
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.
2013-05-23 09:59:20 PM
2 votes:
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!
2013-05-23 09:46:02 PM
2 votes:
My kids got McDonald's--occasionally. They turned out OK. Well healthy, anyway. And those are some damn good fries.
2013-05-25 07:00:45 AM
1 votes:
2013-05-25 02:32:37 AM
1 votes:

udhq: 15,000 times a day


You stuck around in here telling lies THAT long? I'm impressed but I guess it is easy for stupid people to stay focused on one simple task. You should work in a factory and stop abusing your children, put them up for adoption. Refusing to respond to me because I've refuted every single argument you've tendered is childish and an admission of error. If you're able to admit your error then why do you keep bleating? Nobody else is going to agree with you because you're wrong.

15000 times a day... LOL That's rich! Seriously, put your children up for adoption. It's the only way to keep them safe. Does your real name start with the letter B? I want to watch your local paper so that I can see the fallout from this. It is bound to be entertaining as all hell.

Either way, I'm pretty sure you're just trolling. Nobody can be that dumb. Seriously, it is pretty much impossible to be that dumb and not have already died from stabbing oneself with a fork while trying to eat. I'm just not sure what you're expecting to get from trolling. If it was attention then, well, I guess you got it. There are easier ways to get attention though and you could have used that same effort to get attention that wasn't negative.

"Adolescent exposure to television food advertising also increased by 11%, averaging 16.2 food ads per day, and representing the highest level of exposure seen in the past nine years."

Source: http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/reports/RuddR eport_TVFoodAdvertising_6.11.pdf

Yeah, you're a liar. You accuse them of lying, have yet to show them actually lying, but have continued to lie yourself. How is it you can complain about lies when the only one telling lies is you? Yeah, I'd ignore me too. I'd refuse to respond, pout, and whine. Pathetic... You could man up and admit you're wrong but frail egos usually prevent that.

I suppose I'm being pretty rough on you. I think it was your repeated lies that were the final decision maker on my part. The anonymity of the internet is the one place where you can actually be honest no matter what. You failed at even that. Pathetic... Just pathetic.
2013-05-24 06:32:03 PM
1 votes:
McDonald's DOES purposely target children. They want to get the branding in early so they can snag lifelong customers.

They don't actually hold a gun to your head and force you to order.
2013-05-24 06:05:12 PM
1 votes:

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.


Personally I think we're really missing the point in that McDonald's marketing has historically been geared pretty heavily towards children, though to be fair all fast food places have followed suit. I guess these days media saturation has rendered McDonald's marketing towards kids to be hardly noticeable, but it is pretty creepy the way parents will condition their kids to like McD's and then biatch that little Tommy can roll down the street as he's so rotund.
2013-05-24 05:46:12 PM
1 votes:

udhq: Hexsun: Because when you walked into McDonalds, you made the choice. You chose to eat the horrible, unhealthy food therefore you are "personally responsible" for the consequences. McDonalds "personal responsibility" falls to their bottom line. If they didn't make food people wanted, they would be out of business. Their responsibility ends with producing food that complies with the law and telling me what's inside it. It really is that simple. Afte that, the ball is in my court.

You would have a point if we were talking about eating habits in general, but we're not.  We're talking about a very specific transaction that involves 2 parties, each making the decision to participate of their own free will.

I'm not arguing in favor of stripping anyone of the freedom to make that choice or the consequence of that choice.  You are, for some reason.  You seem like a pretty reasonable and intelligent guy, especially in contrast to your little friend here, but it sounds like you're maybe not the libertarian you think you are.


The thing is, what you are asking is additional burden (which I consider to be undue) be place on companies. I'll try to be generic here since what you want would really apply to any company. You want them to fully expose every possible negative side effect that comes from every possible usage scenario in a 30 second window while still competing with other products that are not necessarily any better. I don't feel that is the correct place to put the onus.

No one will argue that fast food (or hundreds of other products) is particularly good for you. We may argue the level of harm or the semantics of "good" but fast food is not an ideal food choice. There are certain facts essentially everyone knows and there are certain societal expectations that we (used to) follow. One such fact is that fast food is not super healthy. You can make healthier choices, but it's still not super healthy. One expectation is that parents raise/police/monitor and care for their children. Children want to do things they shouldn't all the time. Almost as much as they don't want to do thing they should. We don't let them make these decisions on their own because they simple aren't capable yet. I may be irritated by a company that targets children with something I don't want them to have much of, but I'm still the one that has to tell them no. Then I let that company know by not buying their product. That is the absolute most important thing to most people. We see it all the time. All the "healthier" choices in fast food now are a result a general change in social attitude. People didn't need ads telling them

Regulation of the kind you seem to want, and it would have to be regulated, would cause product prices to rise significantly, across the board, even in "good" products. Companies would have to compile that information. Right now, they compile some but much of the negative info is from outside sources, which no company in their right mind would accept. I'm not saying those sources are wrong, but if a company is obligated to expose every possible negative side effect that comes from every possible usage scenario then they would absolutely want to verify the results themselves. Look at how much scrutiny we put drugs through? Imagine that for every product. We do it for drugs (among many reasons) because they are sufficiently complex to warrant that level of attention. The average person can't look at golimumab and know what it does, what it's made of and what might happen if you took 100 of them. The same cannot be said for hamburger, no matter who makes it. There is a reasonable expectation of knowledge. I could go on about the various things that would have to change to accommodation the level of active transparency you're asking, but this is just a silly internet post. Suffice it to say, we'd be paying more for everything and it wouldn't really change anything. People already know it's bad for them, they don't care.

I believe that passive transparency is sufficient. We make the specific information freely and readily available to anyone that wants it and at a high level, via education/parenting/mentoring/whatever, we provide the appropriate guidance. We've never had this level of access to information and we make good, though not great, use of it. Do you honestly think that any kind of warning or disclaimer is going to have any effect? Since everyone would have to use them, nothing would really change. It never has in the past and it likely never will because the most important thing to remember is that, as a collective group, we just don't care. Maybe someday we will, but I predict that if/when that day comes it will be on the back of parents stepping up and raising their kids better.

Also, I don't think of myself as libertarian. I think of myself as rational, logical, and reasonable. All things in moderation, including obligations we place on corporations.
2013-05-24 04:29:17 PM
1 votes:

udhq: Hexsun: First, you clearly don't understand what a free market system is, so your points are inherently invalid, but even if they weren't:

a) What you fail to accept is that it is not McDonald's job to police what you eat. It's their job to provide a product people want and to sell that product the best they can within the bounds of the law. Any social responsibility a company takes beyond that is optional and really just another angle at increasing their bottom line. Typically, large companies become more socially responsible because they have to, they're trying to capitalize on the current market, or maybe lure in more investors. There are plenty of reasons, but none of them are because they really care about you. McDonalds offering healthier options was designed to pull in more customers, particularly the goldenmillennial market. McDonalds isnot responsible for raising your children. Neither is any other business, not even public schools. If you can't handle that, then don't have children.

Look, when you choose to walk into a McDonalds and buy a burger, there are 2 parties choosing to enter into a transaction that is (at least presumably) mutually beneficial.  Why on Earth shouldn't those 2 parties share equally in the consequences of that transaction?  Why should "personal responsibility" only apply to one of the parties?

Why should being under the umbrella of an almost omnipotently powerful billion-dollar corporation absolve one from all personal responsibility for one's actions and choices?

No one is FORCING McDonalds to make money by selling you a burger.  So why the need to protect them from their responsibility for choosing to participate in that transaction???

It seems that if people here were REALLY in favor of libertarian-style freedom, they wouldn't feel the need shield McDonalds from the consequences of their choices.


Because when you walked into McDonalds, you made the choice. You chose to eat the horrible, unhealthy food therefore you are "personally responsible" for the consequences. McDonalds "personal responsibility" falls to their bottom line. If they didn't make food people wanted, they would be out of business. Their responsibility ends with producing food that complies with the law and telling me what's inside it. It really is that simple. Afte that, the ball is in my court.

How am I under McDonalds power?  I haven't eaten there in months, but I almost certainly will again someday. No one is FORCING me to buy the burger, so why should McDonalds be responsible?  You think that I'm trying to protect McDonalds, but I'm not. I don't care at all about McDonalds. They could go out of business tomorrow and it wouldn't affect my life at all (besides the general hit to economy).

People aren't trying to shield McDonalds, they're trying to keep people from taking away their freedoms. If I want to open a restaurant that sells nothing but lard, that should be my choice. What you want is more forced, unnecessary control on business. Maybe we should chemically restrict breeding instead. Then, only if some one has proven that they are financially, emotionally, and psychologically stable, would they be allowed to have children. Same net effect of improving the quality of children, just a different route, place the reponsibilty where it belongs. It would do far more global benefit then anything we could ever do to McDonalds or any other restaurant.
2013-05-24 03:38:30 PM
1 votes:

udhq: That's pretty much the definition of wealthy adults trying to brainwash children into consuming slop that will take years off their lives when used as directed.


You'll have to elaborate on that particular qualifier.  I don't recall ever seeing a McDonald's ad that directed me to suck down 3 Big Macs and a pound of fries in a sitting.
2013-05-24 02:39:20 PM
1 votes:

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.


rotflmao

12oz Burger

Whoever made this graphic has never been to a McDonalds
2013-05-24 02:07:30 PM
1 votes:

poot_rootbeer: udhq: I'm not, but I can't speak for the millions of 3-5 year olds that will sit through dozens of McDonalds ads tomorrow during Saturday morning cartoons without possessing the cognitive tools to know that they are being flat-out lied to.

No one is forced to watch Saturday morning cartoons, either.

/also, what is a Saturday morning cartoon?  How old are you?


Yeah, does that whole get up early and wait for cartoons thing exist any longer? I loved it as a child, but something tells me that my kid will be like, why did you have to wait?

Well, back in the olden days....
2013-05-24 01:53:33 PM
1 votes:
Oh little girl, you're so stupid! Nobody's forced to eat at Mcdonalds. Hell, I rarely even see a commercial from them anymore, so it's not like they're blitzing everyone trying to annoy them into going. Sounds like someone got a coachin' from their idiotic tart mother who is using the girl as a puppet for her own schemes.

Any parent who needs to live through their child is a loser.
2013-05-24 01:01:07 PM
1 votes:

udhq: All 3 of the above statements could also be used to defend the man driving around in the white "free candy" cargo van.


If you're going to sell your opinion as a rational, reasonable rebuttal to ours, you ought not equate fast food with child kidnapping and/or rape.
2013-05-24 12:39:27 PM
1 votes:
The existence of parents shouldn't be seen as a society-wide license to prey on children with impunity.
2013-05-24 12:26:19 PM
1 votes:

udhq: GoldSpider: udhq: You don't really have free will if one side is allowed to bombard the other side with 15,000 lies per day from birth.

You sound meek, and easily manipulated.

I'm not, but I can't speak for the millions of 3-5 year olds that will sit through dozens of McDonalds ads tomorrow during Saturday morning cartoons without possessing the cognitive tools to know that they are being flat-out lied to.


I'm impressed that these 3-5 year olds are able to get to McDonalds by themselves and procure currency on their own with which to buy the poisonous food about which they've been lied to.

Are we dealing with some sort of breed of super-preschoolers here? Maybe there's something in the food that allows them to be so precociously self sufficient. Science should look into that.
2013-05-24 12:20:35 PM
1 votes:
Everything in moderation - why is this so hard to understand?
2013-05-24 11:57:51 AM
1 votes:

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


Some of us just avoid sources of those adverts: kids shows come on dvd now, use the recorder to blast thru commercials, etc. Parents can and should have a greater influence on their children than marketers.
2013-05-24 11:34:36 AM
1 votes:

udhq: The so-called "libertarian" asshats who want to jump down this girl's throat MAY have a point once McDonalds stops advertising to children.

That is all.


The asshat girl and her asshat mother, and the asshats defending their asshattery, might have a point if and when free will and common sense are abolished.

That is all.
2013-05-24 11:29:58 AM
1 votes:
The so-called "libertarian" asshats who want to jump down this girl's throat MAY have a point once McDonalds stops advertising to children.

That is all.
2013-05-24 09:41:53 AM
1 votes:

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 09:31:43 AM
1 votes:
I bet that a lot of her birthday party invitations get lost in the mail.
2013-05-24 09:15:20 AM
1 votes:
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 08:55:46 AM
1 votes:
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 08:37:10 AM
1 votes:

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 08:35:44 AM
1 votes:

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 08:07:33 AM
1 votes:
I give alot of credit to the CEO for his gracious answer. I guess answering stupid grandstanding questions are part of the job requirement.
2013-05-24 07:40:10 AM
1 votes:

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 07:32:20 AM
1 votes:
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 07:11:31 AM
1 votes:

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 07:11:01 AM
1 votes:

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 07:08:28 AM
1 votes:
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 07:01:23 AM
1 votes:

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 06:56:20 AM
1 votes:

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 06:52:05 AM
1 votes:

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 06:49:08 AM
1 votes:

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 06:49:03 AM
1 votes:

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 06:47:04 AM
1 votes:
It sort of scares me how complacent people are in regards to blatant manipulation by advertisers.
2013-05-24 06:45:58 AM
1 votes:
i1162.photobucket.com
2013-05-24 06:38:58 AM
1 votes:
Fark can be so schizophrenic, I swear.

One day it's mocking lard-butts, the next it's championing personal choice.
2013-05-24 06:28:31 AM
1 votes:

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 06:24:03 AM
1 votes:

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.



pbs.twimg.com
2013-05-24 06:16:44 AM
1 votes:
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.
2013-05-24 06:06:51 AM
1 votes:
When I was 10 I decided to not eat at McDonalds because it was unhealthy, and I didn't even need my parents to tell me it was.
2013-05-24 06:06:04 AM
1 votes:
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?"
2013-05-24 06:01:51 AM
1 votes:

MayoSlather: Kids often choose where to eat and market research is well aware of this fact


The kids of shiatty parents anyway.
2013-05-24 05:53:02 AM
1 votes:
Way to use her kid to shill for her book. Mother of the year? Opportunistishsheissenfrau
2013-05-24 02:26:47 AM
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: TuteTibiImperes: There are some people who won't be happy until fast food restaurants have to pay for ads showing obese people talking about all of the medical problems that their overindulgence led to, similar to what tobacco companies have to do now.

Good. I'd also like to see fast food hit with astronomical taxes, like cigarettes have been.


The problem there is while it's easy to identify tobacco, "fast food" is a much more nebulous concept.
2013-05-23 11:50:25 PM
1 votes:
What an extremely well-coached snowflake angel!
 
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