April 29 2010

Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys

Once again, government knows what is best for us.

Apparently parents in Santa Clara county California are incapable of telling their kids “no”, so they got county officials to do it for them.  In a three-to-two vote by officials, toy premiums are banned in any incorporated part of the country from being included in what is considered a high-calorie meal pack.  Toys can only be included with meals that meat certain nutritional requirements.

“This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children’s’ love of toys” to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food,” Supervisor Ken Yeager told The Los Angeles Times.  “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”

On one side of the argument were doctors and parents, on the other were fast food franchisees, some other parents and toy collectors.  As a compromise to get the measure passed, there is a 90-day window for them to alter their menus to conform with the new rules.

Here is an idea …

Mom, I want a Happy Meal!

Too bad, have an apple.

Wow, see how hard that was?

No, instead lets have a law passed where the government has no business being involved.  You wasted time on this.  You will waste enforcement on this.  And why?  Because a bunch of parents lack the ability to say “no” to their kids  Here’s another idea, I’ll give it to you for free … GROW A PAIR!

This is not something the government needs to be involved with, but when does that stop anyone any more?

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