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It’s a sad day for Happy Meals in Santa Clara County

Discussion in 'The OT' started by fluffybear, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Yes, you just better start watching out because:
    The law affects only a dozen "restaurants" [if they really can be called this] in unincorporated Santa Clara County.

     
  2. fluffybear

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    VOS, I don't think anyone really is taking this all that seriously. Most of us are just here to poke fun at another foolish law courtesy our elected officials.
     
  3. fluffybear

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    It might pay one day to stop in and price out a Happy Meal and see if the cost of the toy is already figured into the price.

    Mrs. Fluffybear also suggested they might want to charge $2.99 for the toy and give you a free Happy Meal. The law appears to read they can not give away a free TOY but what about giving away free FOOD?
     
  4. kocuba

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    Actually their whole ruling does not make sense to me. As the toy has never been free.

    I worked their 20+ years ago and you could buy the toy seperate from the meal. And just buying for example a chesseburger, fries and soft drink was cheaper than buying the full HM

    And just as recently as this weekend I purchased just the HM toys for my boys, without buying the full HM.

    Once again Big Brother fels they have to try and make decisions for people, instead of maybe educating them.

    I highly doubt Ronald is shaking in his big red boots.


    But that's just my opinion.
     
  5. Phil T

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    How about parents making choices for their children, not the government. :(
     
  6. dpeters11

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    But the Government has to protect people from themselves. Unless you live in New Hampshire.
     
  7. jacksonm30354

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    Seeing as I have siblings and other relatives with kids that instead of enforcing "eat what is on your plate or go to bed hungry", will drive 20 miles to the fast food joint their kids want, I see no issue in mandating that poor food choices can't be encouraged by advertising free toys aimed at this kids. Maybe offer the toy in the meal with the fruit, but not the one with the frys.
     
  8. Stewart Vernon

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    I think Toys R Us should start giving away burgers if you buy a toy there :)
     
  9. Herdfan

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    Still can at certain McDonalds. It seems to be regional. We can't get them here, but we can in OH. We usually buy several bags when we see them.

    All they have to do is ring it up separately like they do drinks in combo meals. Happy meal, 1.00, toy 1.00, drink 0.99 total 2.99. Problem solved, law skirted.

    Up until recently, our local McDonald's offered breakfast happy meals. Either a sausage biscuit or pancakes. They quit that and now if my daughter wants a toy, she has to bring her own money. She has decided they are not worth $1.75.:)
     
  10. Mavrick

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    Wonder how long before McDonalds drops the price on the Happy Meal by say 50 cents or so and then sell the toys for the price of 50 cents.

    For that way they are still abiding by the law and not giving away free toys with the meals they are just selling toys alongs with the food.
     
  11. veryoldschool

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    since this only affects 12 McDonalds, I wonder if they even care. :shrug:
     
  12. greatwhitenorth

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    Hey, I resemble that remark!:D It is funny, although NH is maybe the last state in the union to not require seat belt usage by adults, we do have one of the highest rates of seat belt usage. I guess we're smart enough up here to know what's good for us and what's not without the gummint telling us....
     
  13. veryoldschool

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    "Live Free or Die" :lol:
     
  14. greatwhitenorth

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    No Helmet Law for motorcyclists either...maybe the motto should be "Live Free AND Die"!:rolleyes:
     
  15. fluffybear

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    The franchisee might care..

    I realize we have only been talking about McDonald's in this thread but we must not forget that other food establishments will also be impacted by the law.
    Yes, the impact overall is still limited to a small area but we really are talking about more then just 12 places.
     
  16. AntAltMike

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    Off topic, but how can McDonalds ever sell anyone a six piece order of McNuggets for $2.49-$2.69, when you can buy two, four piece orders off their Dollar Menu for $1 each?
     
  17. veryoldschool

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    Any thread/topic can go beyond the initial point.
    I'm not sure how different the toys are with happy meals and what I used to have/do with boxtops and crappy breakfast cereal for a mail in toy, other than I needed to eat/buy more and didn't get my toy as fast.

    I will say that I think this is just so ridiculous at this point with so many others things that seem [to me] much more important.

    I find few here in California posting, and also feel it's a state's right to do dumb things, if they want.

    This same topic on another forum has turned into a discussion of the Arizona immigrant law, which while I don't agree with, currently still falls under their right to enact, until which time a federal court overturns [or not].
    Whether a happy meal comes with a toy or not, at 12 places, is just so far down "my list" as to be currently meaningless.
    "But hey" that's just me, so everyone continue as you wish.
     
  18. Stewart Vernon

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    Toys not withstanding... many times value meals are really "value" meals.

    I argued with a cashier one time long ago in a fast food place where I noted the meal "deal" cost more than the individual items!

    So I specifically ordered the items out of order so she wouldn't ring up a "deal" but she did it anyway... and I protested because I didn't want to pay more for the same items. Unfortunately she couldn't do the math in her head and didn't believe me... but I explained I wanted what I had ordered and not what she entered.

    So, anyway... we should probably consider ourselves lucky to get the toy, since they probably would charge more for the meal anyway.
     
  19. TBoneit

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    You beat me to that one! You might be amazed to see how the McDs rush to get the happy meals toys off the delivery when they run out.

    Having in the past delivered to McD, Quick Chek, Seven Eleven and many different brands of grocery stores (Dag's, Grand Union, Pathmark, Shoprite, Red Apple, Pioneer etc.) and Knowing how the food is handled I'd rather be able to get my foods from a McD distributor. It'd be clean and consistent quality.

    Sure they are marketing to kids, Happy Meals, Ronald McDonald (The Burger King) Brand loyalty is good business. Just ask the Yankees and their fans.

    In my Town their is a McDs across from the high school. It's been their so long it originally had the red & white tile with big golden arches and no lobby. I remember hearing the potato peeler machine rumbling away in the back.

    So to save the kids should they be forced to relocate? I see the teens that go their in the McDs, guess what they they do not look like plump butterballs, they are normal weight.

    The Obese kids from what I see locally, I blame the parents and what they buy for snacks and dinner. Give a kid a choice between a super sweet cereal and oatmeal for breakfast and watch which one gets ignored.

    I feel like running out and yelling at the parents when I see what their kids look like since it will only get worse. I do restrain myself however.

    I remember seeing a news piece that the armed forces are having to turn down many applicants due to their weight and other related complications.

    Oh well, time to dismount the soapbox.
     
  20. AntAltMike

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    I used to work in a Burger Chef where a cheeseburger cost 27 cents, and 32 cents with extra cheese, but a grilled cheese sandwich, which was simply a burger bun with two slices of cheese on it, cost 35 cents, so a person wanting a grilled cheese sandwich could save three cents by ordering a cheeseburger, plain, with extra cheese and no meat.
     

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