Wednesday, January 26, 2005


McDonalds Lawsuit Reinstated

Noticed today in the Chicago Tribune that the McDonalds lawsuit has been reinstated (registration may be required). I find this really depressing. A land of pioneers, adventurers and heroes is now supporting some fat kids who claim they were misled into thinking the food was part of a healthy diet.

Thirty years ago, for me at least, going to McDonalds was a treat. Our parents knew you couldn't base your entire diet on it and wouldn't allow us to. So now the legal system helps those lacking basic common sense or effective parental guidance?

McDonalds provide a product which lots of people, including me, like. Common sense says if you eat too much of it, you'll get fat. You'd have to be living on Mars not to know that.

What on earth is the legal system doing supporting nonsense like this - other than enriching trial lawyers?

If everyone today supposed to be treated like children? I see evidence of this on my daily commute. Metra has big signs everywhere warning you that trains are dangerous. No shit, Sherlock! If, despite all the warnings and the evidence of your own eyes, you decide you're smarter and can take a shortcut across a railway line, and get hit by a train, that's tragic, but in my opinion, an example of the natural process of evolution in action.

Parents need to start taking responsibility for their kids, and people need to start taking responsibility for their own actions instead of finding someone else to blame and looking to the courts for an easy payday.

If you're an enormously fat adult, there's only one person to blame: you. Not a fast food chain. Not your mother. Not people at school who were nasty to you. You. It's your choice.

If you're a fat kid, you need to start looking out for yourself, because your parents sure aren't. Life's tough. No attorney and no amount of money is going to change that.

If you get hit by a train, it's because you thought the warnings didn't apply to you, and you were proved wrong.

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