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Our society is awash in frivolous lawsuits

Posted: December 23, 2010 9:06 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

I believe it was back in the 1940s when I first found out that Cracker Jack had a small toy somewhere in its box. Seems like I put my hand in the box and kept digging until I found my toy.

It wasn’t long after that I found out that I could get a secret decoder if I sent in my Ovaltine label.

Then I found out that breakfast cereals had toys in them so I shopped with Mom carefully looking for the best toy. Mom alternated that cold cereal with oatmeal or Cream of Wheat. Fruit always was part of breakfast.

What’s up with these people who are using our legal system for a class-action suit against anyone who markets to children saying that children are being used to sell product?

OK, I will admit there were times when I wished Mickey Mouse would just shut up because of the expense of Disneyland, but then who could stop the neighbor kids from sharing their latest adventure? Standing in line to get my daughter’s Cabbage Patch dolls was worth every minute. I didn’t have to, but what fun to see those little smiles at Christmas.

As for toys being an inducement to buy fast-food, I would suggest to fast-food companies to hand out a coupon for a small salad with each sack of fries if that is the issue. As for my grandkids going to a fast-food drive-through was a real treat and that little toy was almost the fun. If children go there more than once a week who is driving them?


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