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. Ginastarke

    Somebody should tell the guy from the CSPI that you can just BUY the happy meal toy, for usually around a buck.

    I guess you’re only being manipulated if you buy food.

  2. Sean

    Great video, how many times did it take to break him down?

    Shouldn’t he also sue cereal makers for putting toys in with their sugary abominations? Oh wait, sugary cereals are fine because they don’t violate any vegetarian ethics.

    What’s really making kids fat? Cap’n Crunch every morning or the occasional Big Mac?

    Yup, we got prizes in cereals, Cracker Jacks, and all kinds of other junk growing up. Funny how only Happy Meals circumvent parental authority.

  3. TWV

    OMG, this had me rolling in the floor…can I sue for that? I bumped my head. I blame the guy from CSPI.

    Please sue him, not me.

  4. Aaron Curl

    Fabulous! Hilarious! Yet frightening. I just don’t understand some peoples thought process and when I try to understand I go a little insane, so I just keep living in reality instead of fantasy land.

  5. Kenny F.

    I like the black-socks-with-sandals look. Nice touch 🙂

    My wife drew CSPI guy for the film, and when she first showed him to me, I nearly split a gut.

  6. Ginastarke

    Somebody should tell the guy from the CSPI that you can just BUY the happy meal toy, for usually around a buck.

    I guess you’re only being manipulated if you buy food.

  7. Sean

    Great video, how many times did it take to break him down?

    Shouldn’t he also sue cereal makers for putting toys in with their sugary abominations? Oh wait, sugary cereals are fine because they don’t violate any vegetarian ethics.

    What’s really making kids fat? Cap’n Crunch every morning or the occasional Big Mac?

    Yup, we got prizes in cereals, Cracker Jacks, and all kinds of other junk growing up. Funny how only Happy Meals circumvent parental authority.

  8. Bullinachinashop

    I have enough of my patience tested by people who act afraid of the KFC double down. I don’t know how you put up with that kind of condescending BS. How can a court legally tell a business they can’t sell toys?

    Is it the mix of toys and food that offends? Why is it then, that Toys’R Us can sell all that candy? Is my daughter better off eating the candy she complains for when I get a birthday present than playing with a free toy when I get her lunch at Walmart? How can any of this make sense?

    It doesn’t make sense. This is about CSPI’s hatred of McDonald’s, not anything reasonable or logical.

  9. Karen

    Tom, you have such a beautiful family! And so multi-talented! Thanks for a good belly laugh to start my day!

    One question: When douchebags like CSPI guy initiate these lawsuits, is there anything a common red-blooded, red-meat fan, and free-enterprise-loving American can do?

    We can only hope the courts apply a bit of sanity. I’m sure there’s a reason CSPI picked California to file this suit … less of a chance they’ll run up against a judge or jury with common sense.

  10. Jason

    Ha. Nice work Tom, and Chareva. And girls. Point well made! Too bad you don’t have teenagers. You could easily have added buying them cars, dresses, piercings, computers, and of course cell phones. How can you possibly tell a teenager NO to getting a cell phone? Parents are just powerless.. of course.

  11. Scott

    Priceless! Sent the link to my wife, but told her to make sure the kids aren’t in the room … don’t want them to learn that our limit is 15 times pestering 😉

  12. Pam

    Loved the video! Your kids are great (and really cute, too)! When my husband and I were graduate students with very little income, my daughter’s toybox was about 75% fast food toys. It was a cheap, cost-effective treat when you had to make money go as far as it could. Going to MacDonald’s with a Playplace was about as inexpensive a family night out as you could ever find. Plus, all her friends had the toys, too, so it greatly facilitated social interactions in the toddler set. CSPI’s lawsuit, the banning of fast food joints in poorer parts of LA, the WIC program not allowing needy women to obtain whole milk (and now potatoes, I hear) — I believe there’s a pattern here and it doesn’t strike me as being the altruistic one that The CSPI Guy and his brethren claim that it is. (PS: my daughter who was weaned on fast-food family nights out is now 5-feet 10-inches tall, 125 lbs, stunningly beautifu,l and majoring in Philosophy at a major university and getting mostly A’s (not to brag or anything) — I just don’t think fast food had any bad effect on her health or mental abilities!

    Isn’t it amazing …. CSPI Guy believes when you chose to take your daughter to McDonald’s, you were being manipulated. And here you probably thought you were making a choice.

  13. Jeanne

    Loved it. Why can’t people use their brains!

    CSPI Guy thinks most of us don’t have any.

  14. Richard Tamesis, M.D.

    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’d love to see that happen, if only to close them down.

  15. Becky

    Bwahahahahaha!!! Can’t type…laughing too hard…gasp, gasp.

    I’ll definitely make sure my kids see this one. They love mocking the “guy from CSPI”

  16. DiscoStew

    I’m so glad the CSPI doesn’t operate in Australia. If they did, the guy from CSPI would be beaten senseless………..

    Let’s see if we can send him down under. That would be a fine result.

  17. TWV

    OMG, this had me rolling in the floor…can I sue for that? I bumped my head. I blame the guy from CSPI.

    Please sue him, not me.

  18. Aaron Curl

    Fabulous! Hilarious! Yet frightening. I just don’t understand some peoples thought process and when I try to understand I go a little insane, so I just keep living in reality instead of fantasy land.

  19. Kenny F.

    I like the black-socks-with-sandals look. Nice touch 🙂

    My wife drew CSPI guy for the film, and when she first showed him to me, I nearly split a gut.

  20. Bullinachinashop

    I have enough of my patience tested by people who act afraid of the KFC double down. I don’t know how you put up with that kind of condescending BS. How can a court legally tell a business they can’t sell toys?

    Is it the mix of toys and food that offends? Why is it then, that Toys’R Us can sell all that candy? Is my daughter better off eating the candy she complains for when I get a birthday present than playing with a free toy when I get her lunch at Walmart? How can any of this make sense?

    It doesn’t make sense. This is about CSPI’s hatred of McDonald’s, not anything reasonable or logical.

  21. Jesrad

    Awesome, I love it ! And it’s very apparent that talent runs in the entire family 🙂

    Thank you.

  22. Karen

    Tom, you have such a beautiful family! And so multi-talented! Thanks for a good belly laugh to start my day!

    One question: When douchebags like CSPI guy initiate these lawsuits, is there anything a common red-blooded, red-meat fan, and free-enterprise-loving American can do?

    We can only hope the courts apply a bit of sanity. I’m sure there’s a reason CSPI picked California to file this suit … less of a chance they’ll run up against a judge or jury with common sense.

  23. Jason

    Ha. Nice work Tom, and Chareva. And girls. Point well made! Too bad you don’t have teenagers. You could easily have added buying them cars, dresses, piercings, computers, and of course cell phones. How can you possibly tell a teenager NO to getting a cell phone? Parents are just powerless.. of course.

  24. Shelley

    It seems I have some kind of parenting super power, as I’ve never found my parental control circumvented by anything McDonalds does. And as much as my children love their food (not picky eaters, my two!), what they love the most about McDonalds is the playland. Hey, could there be a law suit in that too? Damn you McDonalds, the lure of a fun playland where kids can run around like mad things for hours and have heaps of fun is just too much…

    John Banzhaf, the lawyer Spurlock sucked up to in Super Size Me, actually believes the playlands are some kind of evil lure to hook kids on McDonald’s.

  25. Scott

    Priceless! Sent the link to my wife, but told her to make sure the kids aren’t in the room … don’t want them to learn that our limit is 15 times pestering 😉

  26. Pam

    Loved the video! Your kids are great (and really cute, too)! When my husband and I were graduate students with very little income, my daughter’s toybox was about 75% fast food toys. It was a cheap, cost-effective treat when you had to make money go as far as it could. Going to MacDonald’s with a Playplace was about as inexpensive a family night out as you could ever find. Plus, all her friends had the toys, too, so it greatly facilitated social interactions in the toddler set. CSPI’s lawsuit, the banning of fast food joints in poorer parts of LA, the WIC program not allowing needy women to obtain whole milk (and now potatoes, I hear) — I believe there’s a pattern here and it doesn’t strike me as being the altruistic one that The CSPI Guy and his brethren claim that it is. (PS: my daughter who was weaned on fast-food family nights out is now 5-feet 10-inches tall, 125 lbs, stunningly beautifu,l and majoring in Philosophy at a major university and getting mostly A’s (not to brag or anything) — I just don’t think fast food had any bad effect on her health or mental abilities!

    Isn’t it amazing …. CSPI Guy believes when you chose to take your daughter to McDonald’s, you were being manipulated. And here you probably thought you were making a choice.

  27. Richard Tamesis, M.D.

    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’d love to see that happen, if only to close them down.

  28. Katy

    When I was a child, there was a family restaurant, Francois’s, that had a large toy chest that children could select a toy from if their parents ok’d it (that whole clean plate club business). MY reason for wanting to go there, however, was because it was the only place in town with chocolate pudding:-).

    Would CSPI’s definition of manipulation extend to the commercials for Toaster Strudel (the one kids WANT to eat)? How about the latest Nutella commercial where the kids push aside their dry wheat toast until Nutella appears. No more fighting to get kids to eat!! Notice when listing the wholesome ingredients, sugar isn’t one of them. Just cocoa and nuts and skim milk. No sweetener?? Riiiiight.

    CSPI pushes cereals as health food and seems to have no problem with all the cartoon characters and prizes used to sell cereals. I guess we’re only being manipulated when we feed our kids foods The Guy From CSPI doesn’t like.

  29. Becky

    Bwahahahahaha!!! Can’t type…laughing too hard…gasp, gasp.

    I’ll definitely make sure my kids see this one. They love mocking the “guy from CSPI”

  30. DiscoStew

    I’m so glad the CSPI doesn’t operate in Australia. If they did, the guy from CSPI would be beaten senseless………..

    Let’s see if we can send him down under. That would be a fine result.

  31. Ellen

    Check out the wording from the legal docket of the lawsuit:

    “McDonald’s exploits very young California children and harms their
    health by advertising unhealthy Happy Meals with toys directly to them.”

    How come he hasn’t filed a lawsuit against the television networks?? I mean, come on, aren’t the TV networks aiding and abetting by broadcasting Mcdonald’s commercials DIRECTLY to these children??

    This lawsuit should be laughed out existence. Unfortunately, CSPI filed it in California, where the judges are often so screwy, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is known in the legal community as the 9th Circus Court of Appeals.

  32. Shelley

    It seems I have some kind of parenting super power, as I’ve never found my parental control circumvented by anything McDonalds does. And as much as my children love their food (not picky eaters, my two!), what they love the most about McDonalds is the playland. Hey, could there be a law suit in that too? Damn you McDonalds, the lure of a fun playland where kids can run around like mad things for hours and have heaps of fun is just too much…

    John Banzhaf, the lawyer Spurlock sucked up to in Super Size Me, actually believes the playlands are some kind of evil lure to hook kids on McDonald’s.

  33. Katy

    “McDonald’s exploits very young California children and harms their
    health by advertising unhealthy Happy Meals with toys directly to them.”

    And then the children take Mommy’s or Daddy’s wallet and the keys to the car as they lie sleeping and head on over to the Golden Arches for a Happy Meal but get in a crash? Is this the health hazard?

    Oh, wait, this statement claims that the advertising, not the food, is harming the children’s health. Hey, maybe they’re right!

    That’s what’s so twisted about this whole lawsuit. The theory is that kids see the ads, want the toys, and beg to go to McDonald’s until parents give in. Parents who can’t say no to a whining child are going to have far worse problems than buying too many Happy Meals.

  34. Katy

    When I was a child, there was a family restaurant, Francois’s, that had a large toy chest that children could select a toy from if their parents ok’d it (that whole clean plate club business). MY reason for wanting to go there, however, was because it was the only place in town with chocolate pudding:-).

    Would CSPI’s definition of manipulation extend to the commercials for Toaster Strudel (the one kids WANT to eat)? How about the latest Nutella commercial where the kids push aside their dry wheat toast until Nutella appears. No more fighting to get kids to eat!! Notice when listing the wholesome ingredients, sugar isn’t one of them. Just cocoa and nuts and skim milk. No sweetener?? Riiiiight.

    CSPI pushes cereals as health food and seems to have no problem with all the cartoon characters and prizes used to sell cereals. I guess we’re only being manipulated when we feed our kids foods The Guy From CSPI doesn’t like.

  35. Joyce

    “I’m so glad the CSPI doesn’t operate in Australia. If they did, the guy from CSPI would be beaten senseless………..”

    How would that be possible? Maybe you mean beat him sensible?? 🙂

    LOL.

  36. Jeanie

    I posted this to my Facebook wall. Just trying to spread some intelligence around. Thanks for making it fun, too!

    Thanks for spreading the word.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. Ellen

    Check out the wording from the legal docket of the lawsuit:

    “McDonald’s exploits very young California children and harms their
    health by advertising unhealthy Happy Meals with toys directly to them.”

    How come he hasn’t filed a lawsuit against the television networks?? I mean, come on, aren’t the TV networks aiding and abetting by broadcasting Mcdonald’s commercials DIRECTLY to these children??

    This lawsuit should be laughed out existence. Unfortunately, CSPI filed it in California, where the judges are often so screwy, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is known in the legal community as the 9th Circus Court of Appeals.

  40. Katy

    “McDonald’s exploits very young California children and harms their
    health by advertising unhealthy Happy Meals with toys directly to them.”

    And then the children take Mommy’s or Daddy’s wallet and the keys to the car as they lie sleeping and head on over to the Golden Arches for a Happy Meal but get in a crash? Is this the health hazard?

    Oh, wait, this statement claims that the advertising, not the food, is harming the children’s health. Hey, maybe they’re right!

    That’s what’s so twisted about this whole lawsuit. The theory is that kids see the ads, want the toys, and beg to go to McDonald’s until parents give in. Parents who can’t say no to a whining child are going to have far worse problems than buying too many Happy Meals.

  41. Joyce

    “I’m so glad the CSPI doesn’t operate in Australia. If they did, the guy from CSPI would be beaten senseless………..”

    How would that be possible? Maybe you mean beat him sensible?? 🙂

    LOL.

  42. Jeanie

    I posted this to my Facebook wall. Just trying to spread some intelligence around. Thanks for making it fun, too!

    Thanks for spreading the word.

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