They are now quite literally stealing toys from children. A new law in Santa Clara will effectively ban the inclusion of toys in Happy Meals at McDonalds.
Happy Meal toys and other promotions that come with high-calorie children’s meals will soon be banned in parts of Santa Clara County unless the restaurants meet nutritional guidelines approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors.
“This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children’s’ love of toys” to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”
Voting against the measure was Supervisor Donald Gage, who said parents should be responsible for their children.
“If you can’t control a 3-year-old child for a toy, God save you when they get to be teenagers,” he said. Gage, who is overweight, said he was a living example of how obese children can become obese adults.
But he questioned the role of fast-food toys. “When I was growing up in Gilroy 65 years ago, there were no fast-food restaurants,” Gage said.
The board, whose jurisdiction extends only to the unincorporated parts of the county, including much of Silicon Valley, voted 3 to 2 in favor of the ban after a contentious meeting that included more than an hour of testimony on both sides.
So a tradition that has been enjoyed for decades by multiple generations of children; a 6 piece McNuggets, small soda, fries and a toy, is now going to be banned by nanny state food-fascists. Wonderful!
I think this law should be implimented retroactively, that way the police can be empowered to raid the toyboxes of children and pump their stomachs to remove the offending contents.