Sometimes you see a story and think “Isn’t that just ridiculous?” It happens way too often these days. This one involves McDonalds. According to an AP story on Oregonlive.com, a judge is “allowing” Mickey D’s to conduct an $8.5 million educational campaign to settle a lawsuit brought against the company for failing to reduce its use of partially hydrogenated oil. What is the deal here? Is there some kind of law that I don’t know about that says a company has to use a certain kind of cooking oil? Give me a break!
That money actually is going to be used by giving the American Heart Association $7 million to do the educational campaign. I wonder how much of that will go to salaries and benefits. To really make you wonder, the other $1.5 million has to be used by McDonalds to proclaim to the world that it didn’t follow through on a “pledge” to convert to healthier cooking oil fast enough. Oh, and by the way, the company will have to pay about $2 million in attorney’s fees and court costs!
Something is missing from this story. How about common sense? Do you go to McDonalds and order french fries because they’re part of a low fat diet? No.
Sorry, I just couldn’t help but point out the stupidity of some people who have nothing better to do than complain about something that multi millions of people starving in other parts of the world wish they had. This is the kind of thing that leads to so many educational and nutritional programs that try to educate people who aren’t willing to take responsibility for their own decisions. Did you know there’s an organization trying to ban partially hydrogenated oil? As one “old” friend of mine likes to point out, everything he ate growing up was cooked in hog lard. Of course he doesn’t sit in front of a computer or tv all day either.