The Guy From CSPI Sues Again …

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Several readers sent me links to articles about The Guy From CSPI suing McDonald’s for offering toys with Happy Meals.  My wife also left a copy of a newspaper article about the lawsuit on my desk this morning, perhaps hoping she’d see me do a spit-take with my coffee.  I was of course planning to write a post on the topic, but decided to create a video instead.

 

p.s. — Our internet was down for a good chunk of the day.  Turned out a connection outside the house was damaged by the snow and 15-degree nights we’ve had lately.  Sorry for the delay in responding to comments.

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74 thoughts on “The Guy From CSPI Sues Again …

  1. Lori

    McDonalds has a free online pinball game at http://unsnobbycoffee.com/ and a link to diagrams for people who don’t understand complicated coffee drinks. It uses slang like “hang out.” This is clearly an attempt to introduce kids to their coffee–an addictive substance with drug-like effects. I’m gonna sue!

    If they introduce an espresso drink called “Happy Shots,” I know we’ll see another lawsuit.

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  2. Walter

    Richard Tamesis, M.D. said:

    Maybe someone should bring a class action lawsuit against them for forcing fast food restaurants to use trans fats back in the 1980’s.

    I second the motion.

    I really would like to see this along with extensive media exposure about them forcing the fast food restaurants to use the trans fats. Then maybe people would start to question what the CSPI is about.

    That would be great, but I think news reporters like having them around. They’re always good for some dramatic quotes … heart attack on a plate and all that.

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  3. Sarah

    Great video. Oh we have fun. I hate this ridiculous support of not having any personal responsibility, much like with “violent video games make violent children.” No, bad upraising makes violent children. And parents allow violent video games.

    DERP.

    In other news…. I have more horrible articles for you every day =D

    http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/diet-myths-short-and-longterm-dangers-of-highfat-diets.html

    Yeah, Furhman’s one of those vegan zealots who believes “associated with” is proof of cause and effect, at least when it suits him.

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  4. DiscoStew

    A TV news report here just showed the woman making the complaint against McDonald’s. She said that McDonald’s, because of the toys in the happy meals, were forcing her to buy McDonald’s for her children.

    Golly gee, there are some dumb people in this world!!!

    DS

    Either very dumb or completely shameless.

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  5. Sarah

    Great video. Oh we have fun. I hate this ridiculous support of not having any personal responsibility, much like with “violent video games make violent children.” No, bad upraising makes violent children. And parents allow violent video games.

    DERP.

    In other news…. I have more horrible articles for you every day =D

    http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/diet-myths-short-and-longterm-dangers-of-highfat-diets.html

    Yeah, Furhman’s one of those vegan zealots who believes “associated with” is proof of cause and effect, at least when it suits him.

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  6. KarenW

    Not that I want to give these nanny-state assholes any ideas, but if they really want to destroy McDonalds, they should force them to give up the play areas. That was my #1 motivation for taking my kids there when they were little. They never had to ask! In the winter, I would take them about once a week. They would eat maybe half a cheeseburger and 4 or 5 fries and spend two hours getting exercise while I relaxed and drank coffee.

    That’s exactly what my girls did.

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  7. Donnie Winn

    While not their “target market”, to be consistent, CSPI should also sue the public education system, which actively teaches children to disregard their parents’ values, and many of their instructions regarding behavior. There is a real case of circumventing parental control. Requiring the children to attend, by force of law, then teaching them to ignore their parents. A way bigger issue than toys in happy meals, cracker jack, breakfast cereal, and advertising aimed at children.

    They’d happily use the public school system to indoctrinate your children into their belief system.

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  8. DiscoStew

    A TV news report here just showed the woman making the complaint against McDonald’s. She said that McDonald’s, because of the toys in the happy meals, were forcing her to buy McDonald’s for her children.

    Golly gee, there are some dumb people in this world!!!

    DS

    Either very dumb or completely shameless.

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  9. KarenW

    Not that I want to give these nanny-state assholes any ideas, but if they really want to destroy McDonalds, they should force them to give up the play areas. That was my #1 motivation for taking my kids there when they were little. They never had to ask! In the winter, I would take them about once a week. They would eat maybe half a cheeseburger and 4 or 5 fries and spend two hours getting exercise while I relaxed and drank coffee.

    That’s exactly what my girls did.

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  10. Lorne Marr

    If they are successful and win the lawsuit they can use the money to buy some unhealthy food for their children again. These parents should rather reconsider the way they are bringing up their children and stop making these false accusations.

    Anyone who blames McDonald’s for what they choose to feed their own kids is too devoid of common sense to be a good parent in the first place.

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  11. Donnie Winn

    While not their “target market”, to be consistent, CSPI should also sue the public education system, which actively teaches children to disregard their parents’ values, and many of their instructions regarding behavior. There is a real case of circumventing parental control. Requiring the children to attend, by force of law, then teaching them to ignore their parents. A way bigger issue than toys in happy meals, cracker jack, breakfast cereal, and advertising aimed at children.

    They’d happily use the public school system to indoctrinate your children into their belief system.

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  12. Marilyn

    Tom wrote: “That would be great, but I think news reporters like having them around. They’re always good for some dramatic quotes … heart attack on a plate and all that.”

    My guess is that this whole thing–and others like it–would shrivel up and go away within a week if TV news said “ho, hum, not newsworthy,” and the newspapers covered it only with a short paragraph on the inside of the back page, somewhere near the bottom. . .

    I agree. I wish the news folks would give it a try.

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  13. Lorne Marr

    If they are successful and win the lawsuit they can use the money to buy some unhealthy food for their children again. These parents should rather reconsider the way they are bringing up their children and stop making these false accusations.

    Anyone who blames McDonald’s for what they choose to feed their own kids is too devoid of common sense to be a good parent in the first place.

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  14. Marilyn

    Tom wrote: “That would be great, but I think news reporters like having them around. They’re always good for some dramatic quotes … heart attack on a plate and all that.”

    My guess is that this whole thing–and others like it–would shrivel up and go away within a week if TV news said “ho, hum, not newsworthy,” and the newspapers covered it only with a short paragraph on the inside of the back page, somewhere near the bottom. . .

    I agree. I wish the news folks would give it a try.

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  15. Angelyne

    They are suing McDonald’s for the very simple fact that they have large pockets. Just pure greed, no other reason. If they win their suit though, that might make for an interesting precedent. Maybe they are hoping for a settlement?

    I think they probably are hoping for some kind of deal. Either that, or they just want to hassle what they consider to be the evil empire.

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  16. Angelyne

    They are suing McDonald’s for the very simple fact that they have large pockets. Just pure greed, no other reason. If they win their suit though, that might make for an interesting precedent. Maybe they are hoping for a settlement?

    I think they probably are hoping for some kind of deal. Either that, or they just want to hassle what they consider to be the evil empire.

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  17. Ramona Denton

    This was fantastic, Tom. Really funny video!! I agree especially with the comments about suing CSPI for forcing trans fats on us…

    In my dream world, someone who ate a lot of trans fats and ended up with health problems sues them and wins, big.

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  18. Ramona Denton

    This was fantastic, Tom. Really funny video!! I agree especially with the comments about suing CSPI for forcing trans fats on us…

    In my dream world, someone who ate a lot of trans fats and ended up with health problems sues them and wins, big.

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