Do-gooders in San Francisco passed a law to ban free toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals last year, by a “veto-proof margin”, no less, to attempt to force parents to find other less fattening ways to treat their kids. As usual, government knows best, parents can bite the big one.
Well, McDonald’s came back with a nice way to flip the bird to the San Francisco City Council;
Beginning Thursday, it will cost an extra dime in San Francisco to get a toy in a Happy Meal — a move one county supervisor called a marketing ploy prompted by the new law.
San Francisco was the first major U.S. city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toy giveaways with children’s meals that don’t meet nutritional guidelines for sodium, calories and fat.
Eric Mar, the San Francisco supervisor who sponsored the ordinance, called the 10-cent charge a “marketing ploy,” but said he doesn’t plan to make any changes in the ordinance to address the tactic.
McDonald’s plans to use the dimes to help fund a new Ronald McDonald house locally.
Next, free cigarettes! Ahhahaha!