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Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Meal Ban: Even Canadians Laughing at San Francisco Now

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 11:30 AM

click to enlarge The Great One and his countrymen find San Francisco hilarious
  • The Great One and his countrymen find San Francisco hilarious

Earlier this month, San Francisco established its bona fides as the city that knows how ... to ban toys from fatty Happy Meals. Just as you'd expect from the legislative equivalent of an internet video of a groin shot, San Francisco's curious move inspired hilarity nationwide.

But when the merrymaking wafted north of the border to Canada -- where they call it a "Happy Meal, Eh?" -- we stood up and took notice. Canadians are, with notable exceptions, the kindest and most decent people you could hope to find. When Canadians point at your foibles and laugh -- you're likely doing something stupid.

Laughing at ourselves isn't something San Franciscans are very good at. In any event, the good folks at The Ottawa Citizen can do it for us:

Columnist David Martin bandies about a number of tongue-in-cheek possibilities of the future of San Francisco Happy Meals. His titular "Deferred Happy Meal" features several coupons, so kids can get fatty burgers and fries with a second meal. Perusing San Francisco's legislation, this may not even be illegal. Martin notes, "Not only does it meet San Francisco's new healthconscious guidelines, it also teaches kids valuable lessons about deferred gratification, clever marketing and the value of having a top-notch corporate law team." McDonald's people, take note.

We'll admit, we also laughed at Martin's "Unhappy Meal":

The Unhappy Meal

One potential marketing ploy is to create a kids' meal so unpleasant and unappetizing that San Franciscans will force their board of supervisors to reverse their ban. The Unhappy Meal features raw carrot sticks, raw celery pieces, a tofu burger and a lima bean shake. The toy will either be an airsickness bag or a small package of facial tissues to wipe away the child's tears.

It's funny because it's true, eh?

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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