Thursday, December 16, 2010 :::
With perfect Grinch timing, a consumer group has sued McDonald's demanding that it take the toys out of its Happy Meals.In a just world, the result of this lawsuit would be the placement of Ms. Parham's children into the foster care system.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group, claims it violates California law for the hamburger chain to make its meals too appealing to kids, thus launching them on a lifelong course to overeating and other health horrors. It's representing an allegedly typical mother of two from Sacramento named Monet Parham. What's Parham's (so to speak) beef? "Because of McDonald's marketing, [her daughter] Maya has frequently pestered Parham into purchasing Happy Meals, thereby spending money on a product she would not otherwise have purchased."
Monet Parham, by the way, seems to be an activist employed by the California government to advocate the ingestion of vegetables, though some pains seem to have been taken to obscure this connection.
::: posted by Steven at 6:03 PM