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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:33am
I know this is not the best Q of the week, but maybe you all can come up with some other ones to go along with this one, like Marie did last week. Come on, put your thinking caps on and give me some good ones.

Okay, I heard on the radio this morning, that some guy in California is claiming that "Oreo" cookies are dangerous for kids and is suing Nasbisco. Ok, so tell me what you all think of this. How can you sue someone for making a food that you dont have to purchase if you dont like it or feel it is dangerous? There was another case like this not to long ago, where a woman wanted to sue some fast food industry for making her child obese. yeh, that is a real winner. She lost I am assuming, only because it is up to her what she feeds the kid and if she takes him to get a cheesburger, then yeh...he is gonna be overweight. That is just plain silly I think. These people certainly need to get a life, I feel. They are wasting valuable time for everyone making a fuss over things that dont even matter. We are ending a War, we need to end world hunger, we are living with diseases like SARS and these people are complaining about Oreo cookies and Mcdonalds. My goodness, what is the world coming to. Well, thats my opinion, what is yours?

Gail

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 1:21pm
Suing over oreo cookies??? Thats the most ridiculous thing I ever heard. I could see if they had like sharp pointy objects sticking out of the bag, but whatever. YOU as the parent choose what you are going to feed YOUR kids....that is no one elses problem but yours. If your kid gets fat b/c he eats a bag of oreo cookies a day then the parents is the one who needs to seriously look at their parenting skills and why they let their kids eat that much. That man is just out for money and it makes me sick that he's actually even thinking about going through with this! I certinly hope that it won't go past anywhere and if it does our judicial system needs a serious makeover.

JMHO

Lindsay

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 1:33pm
I agree Linds. The thing is Nabisco told this man, "If you sue us, you will need to get in line to sue all the other company's who have trans fat in their products."

That was this man's point. He said the trans fats in the oreo cookie are dangerous for kids. His goal is to make it where no one under 18 can purchase these cookies. I think that is funny and can imagine buying oreos on the street like drugs.

"You got orginal or chocolate man?!"....."Gimme all you got, I am totally PMSing." lol lol

sorry, thats so not funny, I know. It is a ridiculous claim, but we have that little thing called, freedom of speech. SO, everybody thinks they need to speak about anything and everything. Even though no one gives a rat's behind. lol

Anyone want milk with that oreo? lol

gail

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 2:03pm
I think consumers are allowed under certain state statutes and the Lanham Act (federal) to sue for false advertising - so if there were something dangerous in an oreo cookie and nabisco did not disclose it there might be a claim for false advertising or a claim by an attorney general re: endangering the public health. We are entitled to feel free that when we buy a product it is what it is represented to be - I agree with you that the mcdonald's suit was ridiculous but I think it was patterned on the cigarette companies who are now forced to label their product as dangerous for pregnant women - even though pregnant women have the choice not to smoke. With mcdonald's it is obvious that the food is greasy and salty and it is common sense that grease and salt are bad for you in high quantities. Maybe it is not as common sense that smoke can harm a fetus.

On a lighter note - your post reminded me of a book written years ago "Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York" - Sheila explains in a comedic way why she wants to commit suicide. Her first reason - page one - she had been buying a yummy shake from a street vendor for months because it was advertised as having few calories and being a meal replacement - all of a sudden - aftter months - and not losing weight - she finds out that he lied and it is triple the calories he said it was!! She is so disillusioned she wants to kill herself . . ..

On another lighter note - I grew up in a kosher home - nabisco added lard or animal fat to oreos at that time so we were not allowed to have them. Later, they stopped but they still didn't have the rabbinic seal of approval. Instead, we ate sunshine brand hydrox - which were just not as good as we sneaked a few oreos some of the time. Several years ago, nabisco finally made oreos kosher so all these kosher jews rejoiced!!!

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 4:26pm
LOL! I agree the sunshine ones just aren't the same! There's nothing like a lard covered oreo to cure what ails you ;) (ok, that sounded disgusting lol)

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 5:47pm
I think there should be a legal cause of action for witnessing someone eating an oreo without taking it carefully apart, eating the cream first and then each of the cookies - intentional infliction of emotional distress.

And, Lindsay, consider yourself lucky - us older types didn't have fudge covered oreos and all those other types when we were kids - we were totally deprived!!!!

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:37pm
No one these days wants to take responsibility for thier own actions. Everything is everyone else fault. So a fast buck by suing a huge company will somehow make up for maybe what that man feels is bad parenting on his part.

I dont have kids... yet ;) heehee but I do know im going to do my best not to transfer my bad habits on to them, and in the process, perhaps make some new ones for me. Exercise can be fun ( I think lol) good food is good for you and treats in moderation cant hurt you.

So in a quick conclusion, lol this person is trying to smooth his own bad guilt over giving his kids cookies that may not be good for them... but crud... get a life dude!! lol


Charlene

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 7:39am
We live in a crazy world Gail! Lindsay said it best about how too many people don't take responsibility for themselves and I think part of the problem is that society has allowed that to happen. After reading your post I remembered another McD's incident posted below which I found ridiculous...the level that some people will sink to like suing their own mother! Unbelievable! lol

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. –– A southern Illinois woman is suing a McDonald's owner, Wal-Mart, a cup maker and her own mother over spilled coffee she says was too hot.

Teresa Reed claims in the lawsuit against Short Enterprises, owner of the Murphysboro McDonald's, that a cup of coffee she bought at the drive-through window in 1998 spilled and scalded her ankle, allegedly leaving a permanent scar.

Reed said the coffee, which the suit alleged was "served at a temperature too hot for consumption and hot enough to scald the human body," spilled and burned her after she placed it in a cup holder in her mother's car.

The suit, filed last month, seeks $450,000 from Short Enterprises, as well as from cup maker Cobb Manufacturing and Wal-Mart, the manufacturer of the cup holder.

The suit also accuses Reed's mother of negligence, saying Carol Sanders "owed a duty of care for the safety of others riding in her vehicle."

No one at Short Enterprises or Wal-Mart immediately returned a telephone message left by The Associated Press. A telephone number for Cobb Manufacturing could not be located.

A jury awarded Stella Liebeck of New Mexico nearly $2.9 million in 1994 after she was burned by spilled McDonald's coffee two years earlier. A judge later reduced the punitive damages to $480,000, and she eventually settled for an undisclosed sum that was under $600,000

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 10:02am
Jayecey, I heard about that lady when that happened. I didnt realize she got rich on spilled coffee. I did hear she got burned pretty bad, but still....suing her own mother??? Okay, now come on. Well, I guess she got her minute of fame with a nice check attatched and I wonder if she still drinks coffee from McDonalds.... lol

Gail

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 10:12am
Ya know, Charlene...I dont think this guy even has kids. He was on Good Morning America or one of those morning shows and they were saying on the radio he was not obese, but he was not the ideal candidate for slim and trim. So, he was heavy set and didnt say if he even has kids. I would think if it were about his own children, he would have said so by now. WHo knows! lol Thanks for posting!!!

Gail

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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 2:18pm
To end our famous Q O T W....the man in California suing Nabisco/Kraft dropped his lawsuit. He said his point to make people aware of the dangers of Trans Fat. Dude, I think we know they are bad by now. I think it is right at 30 years we have known about those fats, so tell us something we dont know. This guy is just a piece of work, isnt he? so, I guess that ends our weekly discussion about Oreo Cookies. So glad they left the fat in em!! They wouldnt be any good without it! giggles

Gail