A Canadian correspondent was so appalled by the ordinance passed over the mayor's veto today requiring local restaurants luring children with toys to meet minimum nutritional requirements,
that he's embarrassed to share a border with the United States.
According to a letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from a man referring to himself as "David":"I am a Canadian that is EMBARRASSED to live next to such a totalitarian country.I know my comments as a Canadian will fallon your ears just like the comments of the Americans (and the world) fell on deaf ears in Germany in the 1930's. You are a bunch of socialists."
The so-called Happy Meal ban -- first passed on Nov. 2 -- somehow touched a nerve around the country. Our initial story announcing the vote on the law received 85 comments, about 10 times normal even for controversial stories. But nobody's seemed to be knocked as far off kilter as David from Canada. Some complainers vaguely compared San Francisco to fascists. David likened us specifically to managers of World War II-era death camps.
The way it works is, once you stop junk food chains from enticing kids with toys, sooner or later you're committing genocide. It's complicated, so we'll let David explain:Maybe you can also start banning McDonalds ads on TV, and maybe round up fat kids ... and oh!! ... get a special salute!!! .... and set up "camps" for fat kids, and apply some sort of final solution, hmm ... ? Sounds like that's where you are headed ... good luck with that as well.
David, who hails from a nation from which we'd come to expect more decorum
, suggested we use the example of his own opinion of Nazism as a model for the sort of opinion we should have about Happy Meal toy rules.I hope someone there with two brain cells left to rub together gets this mail. I went through the trouble of using a couple brain cells to conclude that fascism is wrong. Hopefully someone there can too ...
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