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Re: [IP] Another whopper of a lawsuit

I agree that if McDonald's says they don't market to children they are plain
out lying but I don't agree that it is there responsibility to provide
healthy food. I don't go to McDonalds for health food. I go because I want
some greasy fries and a "baked" apple pie. I don't go often because
somewhere in grade school I was taught which foods are healthy and which are
not. It does not take a high school grad even to know that most of what
McDonald's has to offer is not healthy. It should be a treat to go not a

If children are going to McDonald's for the kiddy promos then they most
likely require an adult to get them there. Sue the adult not McDonald's. It
is not McDonald's fault if parents are not in control of their minor
children. Any child walking into McDonald's without a parent should surely
be old enough to know that fried foods and fatty meats make you fat. If they
were smart enough to know to get a lawyer then they are smart enough to know
what is healthy and what makes you fat.

If this suit flies, I will be first in line to go after the ice cream makers
and dessert makers, maybe even the sugar cane growers. What I really should
do is go after the computer manufacturers and maybe even IP for providing an
addictive products. Michael, you better put a warning on that home page that
IP can be addictive.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Page" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [IP] Another whopper of a lawsuit

 <SNIP> McDonald's has come out publicly and stated that they do not market
> children.  I think we can all agree that is just plain false--I mean, the
> pitchman for McDonald's is a freakin' clown!.  I hope that this suit will
> result in McDonald's and other fast food companies being more responsible
> their menu selections and especially advertising.  I agree that an adult
> responsible for what they choose to eat.  But, the fact is that children
> don't read the nutrition guidelines and wouldn't know what they meant
> anyway.
> Granted, parents need to more involved in what their children are eating
> (but many of them are not), and people in general need to be more informed
> about proper nutrition.  The fact is that this country has a weight
> and that's contributing to huge amounts of medical costs every year, and
> those costs are increasing--fast.  Blame our sedentary lifestyle, blame
> parents, blame fast food joints, blame 'em all--I don't care; there's
> of blame to go around.  But, McDonald's isn't blameless, and if this
> results in some kind of restraint by the fast food companies, then that's
> good thing.  I'm not holding my breath, though.  It's too easy to make
> off of children--just wait until the next summer Disney movie comes out
> your kids are begging to go get whatever 15 cent toy is being given away
> with a Big Mac meal.
> As an addendum, I like the BK veggie burger.  It ain't bad.
> --Robert Page
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