A poke in the McRibs

There’s an operation out there called Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the only word I’d trust in its name is “the”; they make their living bashing companies that have the temerity to listen to their customers rather than to CSPI decrees. One recent hissy fit noted that McDonald’s actually placed toys (gasp!) in Happy Meals, a practice they deemed “creepy” and “predatory,” and threatened to sue if said practice was not discontinued forthwith.

McDonald’s, as politely as they could, told CSPI to Filet-O-Fish off:

CSPI is wrong in its assertions and frivolous in its legal threats … CSPI’s twisted characterization of McDonald’s as ‘the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children’ is an insult to every one of our franchisees and employees around the world.”

Even though my brief career as a burger flipper wasn’t a particularly joyous one, I have to hope that Mickey D’s wins this one, and wins it big.


  1. Marcel »

    11 July 2010 · 1:23 pm

    Not that some corporate mascots aren’t a bit off-putting, but the really creepy thing here is CSPI using the language of child abduction. What, “do as we say or we’ll insinuate you’re a child molester?”

  2. diamond dave »

    11 July 2010 · 4:57 pm

    I’m not a big fan of corporate bullying, but I hope McD’s utterly crushes and bankrupts these rabid moonbats. I wonder if McD’s can claim slander with CSPI’s insinuation that they are child molesters?

  3. fillyjonk »

    12 July 2010 · 7:18 am

    I have an immediate dislike and distrust of any group that makes its living based on hyperbole. The CSPI is the poster child for this.

    (McDonald’s isn’t forcing me to buy their product, and I don’t care for it, so I don’t. But if the CSPI had their way, I’d be willing to bet they’d require us to all eat the way they deem “best.”)

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    14 July 2010 · 6:12 pm

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