Let's start with the common sense piece of this, shall we? The cheap piece of crap toy in the Happy Meal is NOT the reason that a kid asks his parents to go to McDonald's. The family is at a drive-thru because either they're strapped for time, strapped for cash, or maybe the father just loves the taste of a Big Mac. (Which is never, of course, taken into account by the kind of people who ban toys in Happy Meals. How could people actually enjoy that food? Surely they're only paying for the toy, even though a real toy that has actual value costs less than the price of a Happy Meal.)
But even putting common sense aside, isn't this just an appalling move to curb the slightest bit of enjoyment? It's not like they're actually doing anything about the quality of their residents' health. Nope. See, that would be difficult work that would require real thought and real effort, as opposed to passing this law and pretending to care. Pretending to care is way easier than actually caring after all. Unless the Board of Supervisors honestly believes people are so stupid that they make choices on what their children will eat based on whether or not there's a deliverable at the end of the meal. It seems to me like the kind of law one would make if they only knew of "fat people" through stereotypes of fat Americans.
Not that it's a local problem in San Francisco. All over the country--presumably the world--we pass killjoy measures to accommodate the absolute least of us. Often these laws seem to be aimed at nonsense. Lots of schools across the country have dress codes that do not include uniforms, but forbid kids from wearing hats to school. Why? Because hats are an easy way to display gang colors. Never mind that they make shirts, pants and shoes in the same colors.
I really just wanted to rant about this article, and busybodies' apparent war on fun.
Hirschof wrote:I'm waiting for day you people start thinking with portals.