The slow march toward the 24/7 nanny state continues as government takes away our freedom one right at a time. Los Angeles Times: “The city’s board of supervisors votes to forbid restaurants from giving away toys with meals that have high levels of calories, sugar and fat. San Francisco’s board of supervisors has voted . . . to ban most of McDonald’s Happy Meals . . . . The measure will make San Francisco the first major city in the country to forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat.”
It’s called crony capitalism when the people in power give government benefits to their hand-picked beneficiaries. We now know that President Obama is hand-picking Obamacare winners at the expense of the little people. It’s more proof that the federal government is in the pocket of powerful special interests who get favored treatment while everybody else must obey the law.
USA Today: “Nearly a million workers won’t get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers. Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald’s (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), won’t be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.”
Wall St. Journal: “McDonald’s Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul. The move is one of the clearest indications that new rules may disrupt workers’ health plans as the law ripples through the real world.”
Frank Sutton claims he was injured over five years ago when he bit into a McDonald’s hamburger and grease exploded onto his skin. The lawsuit went to trial in 2008, but just before the jury ruled, the judge threw out the case. Sutton appealed and now the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the case and sent it back to the trial court. Mr. Sutton was asking for $2 million in damages, which includes difficulty kissing on the lips. His doctor treated the injury with lip balm. I think the trial judge may have hit the ball out of the park when he dismissed the lawsuit and said:
“We all have some responsibility as a reasonable person to test the temperature of what we’re going to eat before we dive into it.”
Here’s the ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. See also “Fourth Circuit Reinstates Exploding-Sandwich Lawsuit.”
Oregon Live: “A McDonald’s drive-thru customer who suffered burns on her thigh from hot coffee she ordered is suing the restaurant, claiming the coffee was too hot and the cup’s lid too loose.”