The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to ban fast-food meals with toys, such as Happy Meals, unless they change to meet nutritional guidelines set forth by the board.
Santa Clara is south of San Francisco in the area known as Silicon Valley. The board’s members appear to be all white, except for one guy with a Japanese surname.
“This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children’s’ love of toys” to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”
Upper-class white people hate McDonald’s. I think this is because they look down upon the people who like it most. This includes busy working parents and single parents, who need to save time feeding their kids. That’s why I ate a lot of McDonald’s growing up — it was easy for my dad to drive through after work. My brother and I did not get fat, maybe because we were active. Or maybe because a 250-calorie burger and one of those soft-serve hot fudge sundaes twice a week wasn’t really that bad for us.
But they don’t hate all fast food. For instance, they love IN-N-OUT Burger ( menu here). It’s just as unhealthy as McDonald’s, but the marketing isn’t kid-friendly. They affect a California-beachy attitude in their marketing. And for some reason there are always lots of young white people working there.