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San Francisco McDonald's Gets Around City Toy Ban

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

McDonald's restaurants in San Francisco have found a way to comply with a city law that bans free toy giveaways with Happy Meals: charge 10 cents for the toys.

Franchises in the city will charge a dime to customers who request that the toys be added to their Happy Meals.

San Francisco last year became the first major U.S. city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toys with children's meals that don't meet certain nutritional guidelines. The law takes effect Thursday.

Scott Rodrick owns 10 of the 19 McDonald's franchises in the city and says the 10-cent charge complies with the "letter of the law." The money from the toy sales will help build a new Ronald McDonald House.


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