Thingish Things

The San Francisco Toy Tax

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Dec• 05•11

Been meaning to include this tidbit as a follow up to a couple of rants about San Francisco/California politics. While the Golden State sinks deeper and deeper into economic abyss, its legislators focus on things like banning circumcision, fining parents for truant children, and prohibiting “Happy Meals” at McDonalds. The problem with the latter is the free toy, the omniscient legislators say. It, not parents, encourages children to eat poorly they argue.

So McDonalds, which now voluntarily serves healthy apple slices with its Happy Meals, did the logical thing. It stopped giving free toys with Happy Meals. Now it charges 10 cents for them.

The law of unintended consequences strikes again in the form of a new San Francisco toy tax. Nice, guys.

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