Reason.tv: Happy Meals Banned in San Francisco! Reason.tv's Nanny of the Month for October 2010

Last month the food police sued a North Carolina man for growing vegetables, and this month San Francisco's food cops have committed a different kind of atrocity by making the City by the Bay the first major metropolis to ban toys in happy meals.

This month's top busybody is the pol who sponsored the ordinance to make happy meals sad, the one who hopes his "food justice" agenda goes nationwide.

Presenting the Nanny of the Month for October 2010: San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar!

Approximately 75 seconds.

"Nanny of the Month" is written and produced by Ted Balaker. Associate Producers: Paul Detrick and Alex Manning. Opening animation by Meredith Bragg.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "There can only be one Nanny of the Month."

    Didn't you name more than one nanny a few months ago? Lady congressional porkers, I believe. There really should be a law that says if you claim something in a video that it actually has to be true.

    There's a better way around this Happy Meal ban. Get the fuck out of San Francisco.

  • Maxie-Max||

    Only an immature libertard wouldn't be open to having his choice in children's food dictated to him by his betters.

  • Almanian||

    Lady congressional porkers

    That's sexism, straight up

  • ||

    Depends on how big they are.

  • Barney Frank||

    Did someone say straight up?? Sounds like a Happy Meal to me!

  • Biblical Purity||

    San Francisco continues its downward spiral from a bohemian, anything-goes, open metropolis to a sterile, closed-down Little Singapore.

  • ||

    It's one of those places where you're free to do whatever you like, so long as they like what you do.

  • Local||

    No, you're free to do whatever you like, so long as you don't own a business.

  • Dick Fitzwell||

    I used to love lawn darts.

  • ||

    I'm glad they banned yard darts otherwise I would have never discovered Rocket Darts.

  • ||

    Go on....

  • I am not the government's ATM||

    Mr. Mar, why do you hate the children?

  • Fleeing Cali||

    I don't know if SF is savable. Is there any way to turn around the mindwarp that's occured there? It's always been a 'liberal' city, but it's turned into this weird groupthinking, closed society that sometimes feels like another country.

    Someone pointed out that "you can buy a happy meal in Beijing or Moscow, but not San Francisco".

  • ||

    1906

  • ||

    Someone pointed out that "you can buy a happy meal in Beijing or Moscow, but not San Francisco".

    That would be me. Isn't it a little sad that the very capitals of the former evil communist empires are now more forward-thinking than San Francisco?

  • Greer||

    Hate to fuck up your well-put point, but you can still buy happy meals in The Gulag by the Bay. They banned the toy, not the mea.

  • Pip||

    That makes the meal non-happy.

  • Jeffersonian||

    Ergo, it's not a Happy Meal.

  • ||

    Yeah, it's just a cheeseburger combo.

  • Little Kid||

    Mom, I want a real happy meal.

  • ||

    But can you still get a happy ending in SF?

  • Jeffersonian||

    If it's turgid and gorged with blood, yes.

  • ||

    I don't remember that scene in Shrek.

  • ||

    If it's turgid and Gore'd with blood, yes.

    ftfy.

  • Local||

    No, they're using the health department codes to shut down those establishments.

    Granted, freeing women from slavery is a good thing, I wish they'd do it by legalizing prostitution and providing protection instead of making an end-run around the law.

  • Barney The Frank||

    My ending is always happy in San Francisco.

  • Realist||

    China will serve and eat our lunch....and dinner in many ways!

  • Rhywun||

    Not "forward-thinking" so much as "haven't got around to it yet". When China and Russia get as wealthy as San Francisco you can bet that nannyism will go through the roof.

  • creech||

    In the interest of health, they have closed all the places where anonymous anal sex may be happening. Right?
    Is there any entertainment of any kind that might be totally safe from the health nazis? Riding cable car - nope, might fall off the open sides.
    Climbing Coit Tower - nope might fall down the step steps. Hanging at Fisherman's Wharf - nope, might get bitten by a seal. Buying a loaf of sourdough bread - nope, might be gluten intolerant.

  • prolefeed||

    In the interest of health, they have closed all the places where anonymous anal sex may be happening. Right?

    Right, government fixed that:

    Anonymous gay anal sex no longer happens in San Francisco.

  • Pip||

    "Pighole Needs TLC - 52 - (SF) pic"

  • Mandatory Condoms||

    SF health authorities reserve the right to unannounced raids.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    IT'S FOR THE FREAKIN' CHILDREN!!!!

    McDonald's should respond by moving it's 19 McD's outside of the city.

  • Slut Bunwalla||

    I think they should respond by completely ignoring the ban. Surely they've got more than enough resources to fight any fines, lawsuits, etc. that might arise as a result.

  • prolefeed||

    They should just put up a sign right under the Happy Meal portion of the menu offering a free toy to adults purchasing a non-kids meal.

    But, yeah, I predict a boom in business among the many Mickey Ds located just outside city limits.

  • ||

    I'd have a few posters printed of Eric Mar in Nazi gear, looking stern, with the caption: NO HAPPY MEAL FOR YOU!

  • ||

    He kind of does look like Himmler.

  • ||

    Maybe if I type enough words the spam filter won't reject this again:

    Eric von Mar

  • Vermont Gun Owner||

    Or you just SugarFree it.

  • ||

    Here's the link. Apparently I'm not allowed to post it without being flagged for spam.

    http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/7370/ericvonmar.jpg

  • ||

    That's what I'm talking about.

  • ||

    They should just put up a sign right under the Happy Meal portion of the menu offering a free toy to adults purchasing a non-kids meal.

    Surely the law covers such loopholes? I'm just thinking about all the glorious ideas about the tavern from a few weeks back, "Free beer with a hamburger" etc.

  • ¢||

    If they'd done this when they still let black people live there, I'd be kind of impressed. Now, it's pathetic.
    "Jerk store!"

  • Dim||

    What natural right does he have to think he can give the orders and tolchock me whenever he likes? Yarbles, is what I say to him, and then I chain his glazzies out, soon as look.

  • Ronald McDonald||

    You can market carrots to children!

    Well you go right ahead. We aren't trying to sell carrots.

  • 0x90||

    Yet.

  • Vermont Gun Owner||

    My hope is that McDonald's puts up huge posters proclaiming that they can't serve Happy Meals due to the city and it helps SF's children to turn away from statism.

  • prolefeed||

    McDonald's should respond by moving it's 19 McD's outside of the city.

    Why? To compete with the dozen McD's within three miles of the city limits? The stores inside the city will suffer a slight falloff in sales, the ones outside the city will recapture most of that lost business.

    The extra driving will cause more of the greenhouse gas emissions hated by the asshats who voted for this ban. Ah, the delicious irony.

  • prolefeed||

    My hope is that McDonald's puts up huge posters proclaiming that they can't serve Happy Meals due to the city and it helps SF's children to turn away from statism.

    And when both of those children (names: Timmy and Samantha) grow up the electoral tide will turn and Pelosi will be finally booted out of office?

  • Greer||

    Why couldn't these fuckers have taken the day off and gone to the Giants parade. Maybe they could have gotten a contact high and rethought their position.

  • NO on 19 SF Health Dept||

    SF health authorities reserve the right to stage unannounced marijuana raids.

  • ||

    “Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, 'Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again.” A quote from Madame Barbara Boxer. Reelected to the US Senate this Tuesday. What else would you expect from California? A beautiful sate inhabited by the self-obsessed and overtly insane.

  • ||

    state - state - state... GEEZZ...

  • jc||

    It probably is not that bad of an idea. Most people posting probably have never tried to get their kids to eat healthy foods. My kids have never been to McDonalds but it is just a matter of time before some fat kid at school is showing off a stupid happy meal toy and then my kids will want to go get one. After endless badgering and saying no 5,000 times I will finally relent...then they will eat McD's addictive french fries and it will be all over. Carrots can't compete with ff and Buzz Lightyear...that is a fact!

  • 0x90||

    So your kids, who are of school age, are still interested in happy meal toys. And yet, they are capable of manipulating you into doing whatever they want you to do.

    Hmm...

  • Rhywun||

    So you take your kid McD's once a month or so. BFD.

  • ||

    19 McDonald’s within the city and county limits? Interesting, in a city with some of the best restaurants in the world, some great neighborhood eateries and these menial fast food outfits that ask people to pay for the overly processed whatever the fuck it is they serve are still operating? WTF…

  • Pelosi||

    San Francisco has always been a couple fries short of a Happy Meal!

  • Don||

    I'm going out to buy a happy meal for myself right now, and I'm going to take a picture of the photo and then I'm going to sue the shit out of mcdonalds for food injusticing me.

  • nfl jerseys||

    Francisco.

  • ||

    The San Francisco Soviet Socialist Republic is at it again. I don't even like McDonald's crappy food but I'll tell you this whole Happy Meal ban is BS, it's Bolshevism and it won't do a damn thing to combat obesity in this country.

  • Joe C||

    At this rate, anonymous gay sex in San Fran won't be illegal, it will be mandatory.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    "Food Justice".

    http://www.empowher.com/obesit.....od-justice

    Fuckin' yikes. Yet another liberal candyass phrase to mutter while wringing the hands and gnashing the teeth.

  • ||

    When Ronald McDonald and Joe Camel start putting guns to peoples' heads and actually FORCE them to eat their fatty food and smoke their tar-laden cigarettes, then maybe I'll listen to the opponents of these industries.

  • Ray Pew||

    As much as it infuriates libertarian minded people, the sad reality is that the masses don't blink at such full on retard acts. I have read numerous rationalizations for this regulation on another forum, where I was a minority opinion. My favorite was "We elect officials to make decisions for us".

  • ||

    at least now all those kids can get into the real stuff: the big macs.

    I hope McD draws a happy face on every BigMac bun.

  • CT||

    DeKalb county is in Georgia, not NC. A man from Georgia was sued.

  • ||

    Fucking food fascists.

    This makes me want to go on a "Wolf Brand Chili/A&W Root Beer" diet.

  • Sonny Boy Press||

    When was the last time you seen a 5 year old kid walk into a McDonald's and order a Happy Meal all by himself?

    IF anything, this encourages sex predators who will willingly buy a toy for a child, and some chicken nuggets to seal the deal.

    I hate to sound pedophilephobic, but come on guys, it's our CHILDREN we're talkin' about here!!!

  • ||

    I guess now we could replace Detroit by San Francisco. ;-) Imagine that if there was a remake of the Kentucky Fried Movie.
    "Take him to... San Francisco!"
    -No, no! Not San Francisco! No, no please! Anything but that! No!".

  • nike shoes UK||

    is good

  • ||

    How can anyone ban a product with a video like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mBOGrD0oRA

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