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Not-So-Happy Meals

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We’re sorry children of Santa Clara County, but no more Happy Meal toys for you.

Earlier in the year, the county banned restaurants from giving out toys with high-calorie meals aimed at kids. And one national group wants to make the ban national.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocacy group, threatened to file a lawsuit against McDonald’s Tuesday, saying that the chain “unfairly and deceptively” markets toys to children.

In a letter threatening the lawsuit, CSPI’s Stephen Gardner wrote, “McDonald’s marketing has the effect of conscripting America’s children into an unpaid drone army of word-of-mouth marketers, causing them to nag their parents to bring them to McDonald’s.”

The group has filed dozens of suits in recent years and hopes that McDonald’s will pull the toys before filing a suit 30 days later, according to the LA Times.

But, that would still leave the children fast-food-toyless. At least they’d still have video games.

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