Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Suing for attention

I just read an article on Yahoo! that illustrates yet again just how obsessively litigous our society has become.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is threatening to file a lawsuit against McDonald's, alleging that the fast-food chain's Happy Meal toys are partially responsible for the rise in child obesity.

Give me a break!!! So-called "watchdog" groups like CSPI pop up like pimples, claiming they are acting in the best interests of children, but the truth of the matter is, they just want people to know they're out there in a mad grab for 15 minutes of fame. The article notes that CSPI's last high profile lawsuit was 4 years ago against Kellogg's, which prompted the cereal giant to revamp their product. However, going after McDonald's reads more like a case of golddigging.

To tell you the truth, I didn't even know about the Kellogg's case until I read the article. McDonald's has had the Happy Meals around for nearly 40 years, and while there might've been a few problems with the toys because of safety issues, such as the recent recall of "Shrek"-related items, I don't see much correlation between the toys and kids gaining weight. Yes, we're becoming more health-conscious as a society, but we don't need another group of busy-bodies trying to dictate what we can eat. We have brains, we can decide for ourselves, thank you very much!

What CSPI would probably be happy with is if they add salads to the Happy Meals. Maybe that'll happen, but I'd rather that it was a decision made by McDonald's without the prompting of a bunch of get-a-lifes with nothing better to do than chase publicity.


Djarum said...

Unless your child has consumed a case of there Hot Wheels and it went straight to there thighs, I see no case here whatsoever.

hobbyfan said...

And that's exactly my point. A lot of these so-called activist groups file lawsuits just for the sake of publicity, and this is one of those cases. The suit, I think, will end up being thrown out of court because it has no merit whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

1) Please learn the difference between "there", "their" and "they're".

There: a place; over there, up there, in there.
Their: The possessive form of they. It's their house, their mortgage and their dog.
They're: a contraction for "they are". "They're over there in their house."

2) Groups like this only exist for litigious purposes. They aren't privately or publicly funded. They make their money by bringing frivolous lawsuits "for the public good", most of which are settled out of court. But does the public ever see any of it?

hobbyfan said...

They never do, I think, "Crhyme". It's a legalized form of scamming the public.