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Old 01-22-2008, 05:07 AM   #1
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Default OMG! Wah!

One mom bitches about a free happy meal for her kid and McDonald's drops the entire program!

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/jan...py-meals/?news
The Associated Press

Published: January 18, 2008

ORLANDO - A McDonald's promotion that promised free Happy Meals to Seminole County students with good grades and attendance has been stopped, amid complaints from a Boston-based child advocacy group.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood demanded McDonald's stop advertising on Seminole County School District report card jackets last month, after a parent complained when her child brought home a good report card and wanted a free Happy Meal.

Susan Pagan told her 9-year-old daughter, "Our family does not eat at fast food chains," Pagan said. "And, now I'm the bad guy."

"This is a good day for parents and children in Seminole County and anyone who believes that corporations should not prey on children in schools," Susan Linn, the co-founder and director of the campaign, said in a news release.

"We are pleased that McDonald's is listening to parents all over the country who believe that report cards should not be commercialized."

The phone for Seminole County Public Schools rang unanswered Thursday evening.

"It was McDonald's decision to remove our trademarks from report card jackets in Seminole County, Florida, because we believe the focus should be on the importance of a good education," McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman said in a statement.

"McDonald's, not the school district, will cover the cost to reprint the report card jackets."
god forbid they commercialize something like a report card! Wouldn't want their precious retarded children to get ANY idea about the economy or advertising!
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:44 AM   #2
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Yeah, because 9-year-olds are learning valuable economic lessons by receiving a free happy meal.

I really have to call into question the sensibility of anyone who thinks McDonald's was "preying on children" with this campaign. I think it's a great way to advertise and it gives children an extra incentive to do well in school. What the hell is wrong with that? I mean, what kid hasn't heard of McDonald's already?

All these feverishly over-protective parents are doing is creating a generation of pussies who are going to take much longer to learn how to do things for themselves. Let your kid ride his bike without the knee and elbow pads! I have to admit, though, the helmet is a good idea, but no kid ever died from a scraped knee.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:21 AM   #3
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Yeah, because 9-year-olds are learning valuable economic lessons by receiving a free happy meal.
They aren't learning anything if they're so cloistered from the real world that they've never eaten McDonalds. I don't advocate that crap on even a monthly basis, but good lord! Let your kids be kids! A Happy Meal once a couple of months or so isn't going to kill them! These kids will likely end up like the proverbial preacher's daughters who go sexually apeshit when they get older in rebellion.
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