Our Daily Bleg: Happy Meal Toys

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Here’s a bleg asking what happened the last time you ordered a Happy Meal at McDonald’s. I’m particularly interested in whether you were asked a toy question and how it was framed.

Here in Connecticut, when I drive through, I’m sometimes asked whether the toy is for a boy or a girl. Sometimes they ask “Do you want a boy’s toy or a girl’s toy?” Sometimes they don’t ask any toy question (because they have a one-size-fits-all toy).

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How do you feel about these questions? McDonald’s has to balance giving detailed information about toy promotions that change every few weeks against the difficulties of training and wanting to keep the line moving. But the lawyer in me also notes that several states prohibit sex discrimination at public accommodations.

So what happened the last time you ordered a Happy Meal at Mickey D’s?

I’d love to hear your narrative, but, if you can, please also answer these six questions.

  1. With regard to toy choice, which comes closest to your experience:
    1. McDonald’s didn’t ask any question about toy choice.
    2. The toy-choice question didn’t mention the child’s gender (for example, “Do you want the Digisports or the Hello Kitty toy?”).
    3. McDonald’s asked whether the Happy Meal was for a boy or a girl.
    4. McDonald’s offered the choice of a boy’s toy or a girl’s toy.
    5. Other?
  2. If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond?
  3. If not asked a toy question, was it because the employee saw or heard your child and just gave what he thought was the gender-appropriate toy?
  4. What toy were you given?
  5. Was your order placed at the counter or drive through?
  6. When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place?

I’ll report back the results.

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  1. Patrick says:

    At the counter I was asked if the meal was for a boy or girl, I responded girl, and was given a Happy Meal with a Hello Kitty watch, which my 4 year-old daughter loved. This was in Waldorf, MD.

    In December I wasn’t asked whether the meal was for a boy or girl and was given a meal with a boy toy. I took it back to get a girl toy, which was a my little pony toy.

    Sometimes if the boy toy is really cool I will say it is for a boy. My daughter while being very much a girl doesn’t mind playing with trucks or cars or robots.

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  2. Shahrukh Sultan says:

    The one thing about McDonald’s I admire is that it’s uniform not across the USA but also across the world. Unfortunately, that isn’t always a good thing.

    I’ve been in Pakistan for a few months, my home country, and I often take my 6 year old niece to the only McDonald’s in Islamabad. You have to understand, in this part of the world, a meal from McDonald’s is something for the middle to upper-class parts of society to afford, much unlike in the USA where pretty much everyone and anyone go to.

    So back to your question. Each and every time I have been to the one in Islamabad with my niece, it’s been obvious that she would want a female-oriented toy in her Happy Meal. Yet, each and every time, I have just been handed the little box on the tray. I have had to stop and ask the cashier about the toy inside, and his/her facial reaction has always said “Does it matter?”

    My niece is very specific with demands, even for a 5 year old. I can’t convince her that Alex the Lion from Madagascar is a “girl’s toy”. She needs something in pink or at least with long hair. The cashier is equally adamant about NOT seeing the difference. So it’s almost always come out to me taking the extra minute or so to open up the Happy Meal box, checking the toy and then having another 2-3 minute conversation with the cashier to exchange the toy.

    I’ve also come to learn that they don’t even know what toy is in the box to begin with, at times.

    The reason why all of this becomes hard for me to accept is because of the social norms here that typically are okay with a gender discrimination. (Understandably so at times.) So it can’t be the social norms causing it. Perhaps the foreign franchise that is McDonald’s is keeping up with it’s western social norms, as it is with the rest of it’s uniform standards.

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  3. jblog says:

    Dude, you never use the drive-through at McDonalds.

    As that Zen philosopher-poet Joe Pesci once observed, “They SCREW YOU at the drive-through.”

    Exactly how is it discriminatory to ask someone what their preference is, provided they’ll give you whichever toy you request?

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  4. Caliban Darklock says:

    In the Seattle area, I am usually asked whether the meal is for a boy or a girl. If I am in the restaurant with the kids, they assume Logan is a boy and Conor is a girl. He has very pretty hair.

    I always check the toy to see whether it’s appropriate; the Nintendo-themed toys were magnet-based, and sometimes appeared that they would be frustrating for my children. (One toy was a magnetic Mario that you navigated up a cardboard maze-wall with a magnet held on the other side. This would have driven my kids bonkers.) I try to get two different toys, if possible. Sometimes that means one of them gets a girl toy, which they don’t really mind.

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  5. Jim S. says:

    Here in Arlington, VA, they started asking the “boy toy/girl toy” question at least a year ago. I now know to include that choice in the order, so I don’t get asked. Its “Happy meal, 4 pc nuggets, fries, chocolate milk, boy toy”. I usually drive through, including my last visit.

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  6. Chris says:

    are you getting paid for this advertisement ?

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  7. econobiker says:

    Divorced father (now re-married) of two sons age 6 and 8 who go to dinner each Wednesday night so I have much experience with the toy situation.

    1.With regard to toy choice, which comes closest to your experience:
    1. Fast food server didn’t ask any question about toy choice.
    The cashier could see I was standing with two boys age 6 and 8.
    2.If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond? Boy. [Always ask for boy gender toy even if my sons are not with me. That's right I eat kids' meals alone- mainly because the content of a modern kids' meal duplicates the size of an original adult meal from the 1960's.]

    3.If not asked a toy question, was it because the employee saw or heard your child and just gave what he thought was the gender-appropriate toy? Yes.

    4.What toy were you given? Boy gender toy- Monster truck (it was actually Burger King that we went to).

    5.Was your order placed at the counter or drive through? Always at counter.

    6.When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place? Nashville, TN region

    “How do you feel about these questions?”
    I frankly don’t give a hoot about them. My sons can start to become un-hinged if there is a really “cool” toy series in the toy shadowbox but the store has run out of them and is giving a different series out (usually leftovers) or giving a girl series out. So asking the questions is ok.

    Several times I have had to exchange one of the three toys we got because it is a girl toy or it was the more girlish toy of that toy series.

    When the usual McD’s at which my sons and I eat has run out of boy toys and we get girl toys, I have had my sons tell me to give them to someone else. I used to live next to a single father of three girls under age 12 (yes he was a saint) so it was fairly easy to pawn off sets of three girl Happy Meal toys then.

    If the girl toy is “cute” enough for an adult, several times my sons have brought one toy to their mother and I have brought one back to their step-mother. I sometimes leave the odd number out, still bagged girl-toy by the mailboxes at my apartment complex or ditch them with Goodwill donations

    I remember one time we got hammered with three Bratz (?) style girl figurines which (while I enjoyed the stripper-esque presentation) were very close to being left at the table or in the garbage. Then my elder son remembered that his 12 year old female cousin loved those and that he would be seeing her the next weekend so he took the still wrapped toys home to give to her.

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  8. Michael says:

    I really don’t understand your point. I too assume that the normal procedure “without sex discrimination” would be that the wrong toy will be brought back and has to be changed. This will bring down turn time for other customers.

    And where is the discrimination point? IF the customer knows the toys of the day he can answer that he wants the firetruck for his girl. Or the doll for his boy. (but some 20 years later, the doll boy might have a good lawyer who states that THIS incident had made him run havoc…) And if not, chance is that the average boy/girl will like the boy/girl toy and not the girl/boy toy…

    I wonder when you will state that the question about your shoe size in a shoe shop is a discrimination…

    *sigh*

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  9. Ken says:

    1. I was not asked any toy-related questions.
    2. N/A
    3. No, there was a gender neutral toy offering.
    4. It was a little plush dog from the Hotel for Dogs movie.
    5. Counter
    6. Austin, TX

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  10. HillbillySid says:

    1. They ask if the Happy Meal is for a girl or a boy.

    2. I tell them for a girl (if my girls want the girls’ toy) or I tell them for a boy (if my girls want the boys’ toy).

    3. We always do drive-thru so if they don’t ask, it’s because they forgot or it wasn’t a gender-specific toy.

    4. 90% of the time I get what I asked for.

    5. Drive-Thru

    6. Noblesville, IN – in the evening

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  11. James says:

    The discrimination comes from asking whether the toy is for a boy or a girl and having the server make up their mind as to which toy the child would have, rather than giving the option of the boy toy or girl toy (or naming the toys themselves), which the customer then chooses based on personal preference. You may have a 7 year old girl who only wants to play with trucks, but if they ask “is it for a boy or a girl” they will get the pink, frilly toy as opposed to the truck she would have preferred.
    We may also see an uptick in cougar activity at local McDonalds if they continue to hand out “boy toys” ;)

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  12. PetroDude says:

    We are in Houston, TX. At the particular McDonald’s we frequent, the question is not “Is the toy for a boy or a girl?”, but simply “Boy or Girl?”. On a few occassions, I have asked the question to be repeated and got “What toy do you want?”. The questions are both specific and non-specific at the same time. This is the drive through. My response to the question depends. I have all boys, but my wife will sometimes order a Happy Meal if she is not as hungry. As a gentleman, I order the girl’s toy for her. For my boys, I usually order the boy’s toy but will sometimes get the girl’s toy just to aggravate them. It’s good to be the king.

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  13. jblog says:

    Oh, and another thing — heaven help you if you get your kid the wrong toy.

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  14. sherri/the claw says:

    Yesterday I was asked this question and sort of got offended. I was asked if the meals were for boys or for girls. I have two boys but was a tad offended that if I had a daughter, the skateboarding or driving toy we received wouldn’t be something she was given. but then again, you can’t expect much from fast food in the way of gender equality. My sons probably would have loved the Hello Kitty toy as well.

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  15. Luke says:

    Are you actually feeding your children Mcdonalds? Haven’t you read anything about nutrition? I personally haven’t seen ‘supersize me’ but I thought it’s existence would have made parents a little worried about what they feed their offspring, especially with child obesity being such a problem…..
    In England it is mainly ‘chavs’ that eat mcdonalds, as our non-tabloid media warns us about health and stuff..

    If you must eat Mcdonalds, Please doN’t give your children it.
    I

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  16. whoanellie says:

    As a former McD’s employee, I tried to use the specific name of the toy, rather asking boy or girl; you never know which one they want. If I didn’t ask, then it was either the one-toy-fits-all, or in some cases, one of the two choices is out of stock. I remember some parents insisted on the same toy, to prevent fighting over who-got-which toy, or some that wouldn’t want it at all. It wasn’t uncommon to have an adult order a happy meal for themselves, especially since the value meals include only the larger sandwiches and fries.

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  17. Doug Schoemer says:

    In the drive-thru (I like your correct-but-never-used spelling of this option), I am usually asked the question when there are 2 toy options, and since I have 2 young boys I appreciate being asked. Bratz dolls or something McDonald’s considers more “girlie” usually upset my boys. I go often enough that I often even preemptively say “two Happy Meals for boys” now when I order and see two toys on the board. I also usually am given the “right” toy. When ordering inside, I guess my boys are usually at the counter (and also obviously boys), because I am never asked this question.

    This in the Alexandria, VA, area, but also was the norm in upstate NY (Saratoga) where I lived until a few months ago.

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  18. Carol Lyn says:

    #1. “Toy for a girl or boy?”
    #2. “Girl”
    #3. N/A
    #4. A Barbie
    #5. Drive-thru
    #6. Amesbury, MA

    A “Happy Meal” for me is if they put the meal IN the bag without leaving out one of the components! Or getting french fries that weren’t cooked in the morning and left to “cool for the day “! Or the getting a straw IN the bag—nothing is more frustrating than to be driving down the road, having a drink, fumbling through the bag and realizing the girl who was flirting with one of her co-workers, had neglected to put a straw in the bag!!! Trying to drink through the perforated whole in the top and suck up the soda is a whole other story) So the “toy” part (and I have a collection of probably 1,000 un-opened Happy Meal toys–so I’ve been down this road A LOT) is pretty inconsequential.

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  19. adora says:

    They usually ask, “Is it for a boy or a girl?” Which I find troubling because “boy’s toys” are always better, more interactive and from more popular carton.
    What I do is to look over the toy display before I order.
    Sometimes, it is for myself…

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  20. Rich says:

    I’d have to agree with the McDs staff in Islamabad. Does it matter? When you consider the life of the very young woman (in all likelihood) in China who made it, whether it’s pink or has wheels seems to pale in comparison.

    Yes I’m a parent, and no I haven’t been to McDs or similar in 20 years.

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  21. kip says:

    The last time I ordered a Happy Meal was probably about 20 years ago. However I wanted to comment on this statement- “several states prohibit sex discrimination at public accommodations”

    Are there states where it is really illegal to have a separate bathrooms? Changing rooms? Is it even illegal for Wal-Mart to have a “boy’s” and a “girl’s” department? Is it illegal for a barber shop to have different rates for men’s and women’s haircuts?

    Is there any precedent for extending laws intended to prevent discrimination to these kinds of socially accepted gender distinctions?

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  22. J says:

    When did we become so easily offended as a society? McDonald’s tries to please its customers by offering a choice of toys, and it’s called “discrimination.”

    The fact is that little boys and little girls are two different demographics, usually with different tastes. If you’ve ever been in a toy store, you know this.

    McDonald’s can ignore that fact and give everybody toys that are designed to appeal to everyone (and thus thrill no one). Or they can offer a choice and let people order a “cross-gender” toy if they want.

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  23. Zoltan says:

    whoanellie’s approach is right on. The idea that only some toys are good for either gender perpetuates stereotypes that are harmful to our kids. Give the kids the option of the type of toy instead of some marketer’s screwed-up idea of an intended gender.

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  24. --E says:

    jblog said: “Exactly how is it discriminatory to ask someone what their preference is, provided they’ll give you whichever toy you request?”

    –>Asking a preference isn’t discriminatory. Tagging gender onto it can offend people who don’t want to shove their kids into gender roles quite so early in their lives. Phrased as “boy toy or girl toy?”, the question reinforces the notion that certain items are inappropriate for certain genders. It falsely implies exclusion.

    Note that “inappropriate” =/= “less commonly preferred.” It may be true that more girls will choose a pink princess doll over a toy truck, but there’s nothing inappropriate with a little girl wanting to play with a truck.

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  25. Nessa says:

    A few days ago I went thru the Drive-thru and ordered two happy meals, for my boys. I was not asked a toy question. There were two toys in each of the meals. A Hello Kitty watch, and an electronic sports game. I gave my boys the sports games, and gave the watches to a friend, who has a girl. I live in Orlando, Fl.

    During previous visits to the same Mcdonalds, I have been asked toy questions. Usually the question asked is, “Is this for a boy or girl?” And I respond “Boy”. Whenever the question is not asked, I assume that they only have one toy in stock.

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  26. TheAntiChick says:

    Since the only time I’m ordering Happy Meals is for myself (eating on a diet, need the normal amount of food that they consider only appropriate for a child, the “normal” meals are more food than a human should eat in a DAY, not even getting started on the SuperSize crap)…

    I always get the boy’s toy, because it’s always MUCH more fun than whatever they’re hawking for the girl’s toy. I have a basketful of them in my cube at work! :)

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  27. Craig L says:

    Parent of a boy and a girl in Arkansas. The question is usually “boy or girl?” after ordering the meal. I usually get the toy requested. I am not offended, and like others sometimes opt for the same toy to avoid controversy.

    Two related economics questions you didn’t ask — 1. Logistics. I’m always amazed at the ability of fast food companies to combine a hamburger, cheese, various sauces, pickles, french fries, a soft drink, cups, paper, and a toy (always shipped from China) into a cardboard box that is sold for $3 – $4. The economics of the logicstics of getting the toy from China to rural Arkansas at a cost of pennies is unfathonable to me.

    Second question — like a couple of other posters, I will admit to ordering the child’s meal for myself occasionally (but only through the drive-through). This is because my standard previous order (6 nuggets, drink, fries) has been expanded by inflation on the adult menu to 10 nuggets and an additional $2. It remains on the child’s menu for $3 or so. (McDonalds does this with other products — the medium drink was for years, the “large” drink.). There has to be an economics case study somewhere in there about the dangers v. rewards of having a discount child’s menu.

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  28. Michael says:

    I worked at a Corporate McDonalds in Hawaii, and When we had “gender-specific” toys we were told in no uncertain terms that saying anything with regard to a boy or girl toy was unacceptable.

    For example, we were told to ask, during a mattel promotion, to ask if they wanted a barbie, or a hot wheels toy. Which to be completely honest, takes as long to say as a boy or girl toy. Perhaps Hawaii is a state which forbids gender discrimination or whether there is corporate policy which forbids it. In reality corporate McDonalds rigorously enforce corporate policies while franchised establishments do not.

    However, I would tend to believe that there is no corporate policy on this. Everything at McDonalds is designed to get a customer their food quickly. Being asked if you want an apple pie, fries, a drink, or a sundae is not simply to get you to buy more food, but most of the time, you know that you don’t want it, so you will say no, thus ending your order. Asking, is that all, or would you like anything else, makes most people think for a few moments about the menu, making the order take longer. The boy or girl toy question is probably the same deal, if you ask if the toy is for a boy or girl, parents immediately answer the question, if they ask barbie or hot wheels, they’ll think for a moment while they visualize the toy, etc. That being said, in the year that I worked there, I never gave a barbie to a boy, except when high school students would order happy meals after school (it is actually very cheap for the food you get since there are free refills), and ordered barbie toys for their friends as jokes.

    Just my insight on how McDonalds operates.

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  29. Stacy B says:

    My experience was closest to #1… I wasn’t asked about the toy at the counter in Jeffersonville, OH. My toddler received 2 toys that I didn’t really think were age appropriate. There’s another angle!

    He got a wind-up mosquito and a fighter-chicken thing that kicks. I thought both were ridiculous, but he’s kind of fascinated by the mosquito.

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  30. LD says:

    McDonald’s asked if the happy meal was for a boy or a girl.
    I said it was for a boy
    I was given a star wars bobble head toy.
    The order was placed at the drive through.
    Rockford, IL

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  31. keiki says:

    I buy Happy Meals for myself because a full size meal is a ridiculously large amount of food. Sometimes I get a perplexed look because there is no kid with me, but I typically get the girl toy by default. I don’t think I’ve ever been asked which toy I want.

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  32. JSM says:

    1. #3 “For a boy or a girl?”
    2. When the kids were younger and I was more politically active, I would say “the Hot Wheels Toy” or whichever they wanted, and purposely not mention gender. Now I figure if I’m at McDs, I sort of get what I deserve and I usually have no ideas what the toys are anyway. I just say boy.
    3,4,5. If we’re inside, they don’t ask; if we’re in the drive through, they do.
    6. Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Alaska; Reno, Nev.; Montgomery, Birmingham, Ala.; Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and many cities and states passed through on the way to and from these places.

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  33. John Brennan says:

    Get over it. There are more important things to freak out about.

    When I order a happy meal I ask for the girl’s toy–because that is what my daughter wants. I don’t wait for them to ask me–its part of my order.

    Jeez.

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  34. econobiker says:

    #11 James- I thought that too about the cougars and “boy toys.” As a divorced man, I did like going to McDs the Wednesdays there seemed to be a girls dance class nearby which emptied out and had their mothers bringing the dancers to the store prior to going home…

    #15 Luke- I wondered how long it would take before the nutritian issue arrose. I will provide my address so you can send me the extra $20 it will cost to take my children to Cracker Barrell for a better meal each week.

    #18 Carol Lyn: Save for your retirement, some of the original Happy meal toys are worth bucks to collectors…

    #20 Rich- I have been working on educating my children about global commerce and fair wages in order to wean them from the happy meal toys eventually. Please send your complaint to our government for allowing easy import of slave wage manufactured goods- not just happy meal toys- but have the stuff in Walmart, etc

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  35. Ticia says:

    I ordered a happy meal for myself (I’m 26) a few days ago. I drove through and they asked “what kind of toy” I’d like, to which I replied that I didn’t need a toy.

    1. With regard to toy choice, which comes closest to your experience:
    2. The toy-choice question didn’t mention the child’s gender (for example, “Do you want the Digisports or the Hello Kitty toy?”).
    2. If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond? No toy needed.
    4. What toy were you given? None
    5. Was your order placed at the counter or drive through? Drive through
    6. When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place? Madison, WI

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  36. Tracy says:

    They usually ask me if I want a boy or girl toy and no it does not bother me, because honestly, 99% of the time, girls want the girly toys and boys want the cars and whatever (most of the time).

    If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond? I respond with language they understand – boy toy or girl toy.

    If not asked a toy question, was it because the employee saw or heard your child and just gave what he thought was the gender-appropriate toy? – no, because they forgot or were lazy probably – we use the drive through mostly. Usually we place the order like this “I’d like a cheesburger happy meal with a girl toy” since this is the language they use here.

    Was your order placed at the counter or drive through? Usually drive through.

    When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place? Albany, Georgia

    Also, I eat the happy meals, too, because I love the girl toys :) My daughter and I got Hello Kitty watches yesterday!

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  37. David T says:

    I am usually asked if the meal is for a boy or a girl, but the toy I actually receive isn’t necessarily what I asked for. Sometimes, we just get old toys that they are just trying to get rid of.

    I could ask what the actual toys are, but they often don’t know and it takes them too long to check, so I don’t bother. Instead, I check the toys that I actually get and, if there has been a mistake or either the boy or girl toy is lame, I’ll ask for a replacement. If necessary, I’ll bring it back next time and ask for a replacement.

    I think the better question is: How much extra do we end up paying for all the useless toys and are people really more likely to buy from McDonalds just to get the toy? Would we be more likely to buy if we didn’t have to pay for the toy every time?

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  38. Omie says:

    At a drive through at a certain Mcdonalds in OH, I was asked “Do you want a toy?”. The question took me by surprise. “Isn’t a toy standard with a happy meal?” I asked. I was told that it was actually optional. I asked how much to toy was. I was told 60 cents. I told them I didn’t want it. Which I didn’t because I have been hiding the fact from my daughter (5 yrs old) that a toy exists in her happy meal. I typically remove the toy before I pass the happy meal to my daughter in the back seat. She later receives these toys as bribes for finishing her meals or whatever else. She’s suspicious…but hey…

    Previously at this same drive through, the question “is this for a boy or girl” is asked maybe 50% of the times I’ve been there. “Do you want a toy?” was totally new and I still don’t understand what that was about. Perhaps a grumpy employee.

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  39. James says:

    1. 4. McDonald’s offered the choice of a boy’s toy or a girl’s toy.
    2. If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond?
    Boy
    4. What toy were you given?
    A small electronic game
    5. Was your order placed at the counter or drive through?
    Drive-thru
    6. When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place? Guelph, ON (might be outside your requested data)

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  40. Kate says:

    1. McDonald’s didn’t ask any question about toy choice – I enthusiastically asked for the “Hello Kitty” toy watch.
    2. If not asked a toy question, was it because the employee saw or heard your child and just gave what he thought was the gender-appropriate toy? It was more because I volunteered the answer.
    3. I got a totally sweet Little Twin Stars watch
    4. Drive-through
    5. Madison, WI last night around 7 p.m.

    …Have I mentioned that the toy was definitely for me, I read online that they had “Hello Kitty” watches, decided to get a kid’s meal just for the prize, and that I’m a law student in my mid-twenties?

    For what it’s worth, as a budding 5-year-old feminist in the late 80s, I steadfastly insisted that they give me the “boy toy” on PRINCIPLE. (I’ve loosened up a bit these days – you can be a feminist and still get really excited about “Hello Kitty” watches.)

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  41. Dominic says:

    I recently bought a Happy Meal specifically for the Hello Kitty watch inside. My wife was having a bad day and I thought it would cheer her up (it did).

    I was alone in the car at the drive thru, and the cashier asked if the happy meal was for a little girl or boy. Not having kids, I don’t buy happy meals often, but I don’t see a problem with them asking. My wife would not have been cheered up by the other toy (some cartoon character thing)

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  42. Matt says:

    You “eat” at McDonalds? What is wrong with you? Or do you just enjoy crappy food?

    McDonalds to Freakonomics: They’re lovin it!

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  43. Cheryl says:

    Here in Victoria BC, Canada, they seem to be trained to ask at the drive-through or at the counter if the child is not in view. Initially, I would ask for clarification of what the toys were, to see if either one was likely to be of interest to my daughter.

    Now, though, I usually order the meal with “no toy” which either means we get overcharged if I am not paying attention. If it’s a well trained staff member, or if I ask them, they will remove 99 cents from the cost of the meal.

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  44. colbeagle says:

    I only have one experience with a McDonalds toy choice, and it’s as a kid, not an adult. My family was traveling with family friends and my dad pulled in to the drive-thru – total kid count is me (girl), my sister and a boy from the other family. Dad orders three happy meals, and is asked if he has boys or girls. Then two reactions happen simultaneously – my sister and I burst out from the back seat, fully aware of the intent of the question, “boys! BOYS! DAD! ALL BOYS!” while my father, totally missing the implications and not prone to listening to backseat yelling anyway, answers truthfully (1 boy, 2 girls). Five minutes later George is happily pushing his new hot wheels truck along the windows while my sister and I poke glumly at our barbie figurines, which didn’t even DO anything.

    Now, more than 15 years later, I’m pretty sure neither my self-esteem nor my gender identity were damaged by this particular incident. But I would prefer that they ask “barbies or hot wheels?” rather than “boys or girls?”.

    1. With regard to toy choice, which comes closest to your experience: McDonald’s asked whether the Happy Meal was for a boy or a girl.
    2. If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond? Truthfully, with the number of boys and girls
    3. If not asked a toy question, was it because the employee saw or heard your child and just gave what he thought was the gender-appropriate toy? N/A
    4. What toy were you given? 1 hot wheels, 2 barbies, as requested
    5. Was your order placed at the counter or drive through? drive-thru
    6. When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place? Wisconsin

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  45. Girl with boy toy preference says:

    So why chose a boy’s toy? No doubt there is an intellectual advantage–Girl’s is old hat (predictable) in the traditional German sense i.e., girls tend to have a problem applying new technology.

    So then my question is- what’s an intellectual girl to do with her child? got an anoymous call this morning from someone named wash. Reminded me of problem Obama was and may still be having deciding upon a dog. Pure bread or real mixed breed? Seems like he’s goin for buying the latter. I guess there’s a solution- give the toy a real specific name of which she is absolutely certain.

    i.e., I’d like a _______________toy with my meal. That way the child is happy because she knows what she’s getting . Sound round?

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  46. Sarah says:

    When given a choice we always choose the boy’s toy, since it usually has a higher percieved value. Boy’s toys DO something, girl’s toys just sit there.

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  47. Jamie says:

    2. The toy-choice question didn’t mention the child’s gender (for example, “Do you want the Digisports or the Hello Kitty toy?”).

    I said which toy I prefer.
    Counter.
    Houston, TX

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  48. jan says:

    When I worked at McDonald’s during college and we had two different toys, I always asked customers which kind of toy they wanted rather than associating the toys with gender. For example, instead of asking “Is this for a boy or a girl?”, I would ask “Would you like Hot Wheels or Barbie?”. Many of my coworkers were not bothered by the gender stereotypes, however, so they usually asked the “boy or girl” question.

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  49. Fate says:

    If this is the best we can complain about when it comes to gender discrimination, I’d say we’ve hit the societal lottery.

    I’m with the others who are saying that there is nothing wrong with girl toys and boy toys. How about tackling something that is actually harmful?

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  50. charles says:

    Ian, I hope you aren’t on a PC rant – I just ate. Males and females are different – in a way that two distributions are different with some overlapping parts. Maybe you’re not, hopefully you’re not. Please don’t be. I fear you might be. Oh well, to each their own.

    With regard to toy choice, which comes closest to your experience:

    5. Other – I have a son and a daughter and amazingly, even in these andro-pc days (gag), they like girl and boy stuff – just like in the dark ages. So, we normally say one girl and one boy toy. So other is the best answer.

    If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond?
    - One girl one boy

    If not asked a toy question, was it because the employee saw or heard your child and just gave what he thought was the gender-appropriate toy?
    - this hasn’t happened
    What toy were you given?
    - what we asked for
    Was your order placed at the counter or drive through?
    - both
    When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place?
    - Madison, WI

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  51. John says:

    Your query provides further evidence to support my theory that McDonald’s does not sell food. They sell toys that come with food.

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  52. Lauren says:

    My sister and I decided on happy meals last weekend as we prefer the child’s portion size. We were aske, “Girl toy or boy toy?” and answered for the girls’ choices. We received two pink hello kitty watches. We are on Florida’s west coast.

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  53. Ari says:

    I visited a McDonalds in Lynnwod, WA (near Seattle) a month or so ago with my 3 year old son. I was asked if I wanted a “girl” toy or a “boy” toy when I ordered.
    There was a little display near the ordering counter that had the featured toys which were: my little pony (presumably the “girl” toy) and bionicles (some kind of robot-looking thing, presumably the “boy” toy) . The bionicles meant nothing to my son, but he loves animals and he recognized the ‘horses’ and got excited about it.
    In response to the question, I replied that we would like the pony. (purposely avoiding the “girl” or “boy” label.)
    I’m not sure I did that because I was getting the so called “girl” toy for my boy and on some level I felt embarrased about that, or if the whole idea of gender-specific toys irritates me a little in general.

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  54. j.b. says:

    1. McDonald’s didn’t ask any question about toy choice.

    If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond?
    n/a

    If not asked a toy question, was it because the employee saw or heard your child and just gave what he thought was the gender-appropriate toy?
    No, it was just me in the car.

    What toy were you given?
    Threw it out as the HM was for me! Though, they would not have known this. I think it was something sports-related.

    Was your order placed at the counter or drive through?
    Drive through.

    When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place?
    January, 2009
    Dunedin, Fl

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  55. Tim says:

    “Do you want a boys toy or a girls toy?”

    Sometimes the girls prefer the boys toy.

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  56. JT says:

    I ran a McDonalds for 8 years and we were repeatedly told to NOT use gender specific terms. We were to ask “Would you like the Hot Wheels or the Barbie?”

    Now, having 2 small girls of my own, every McDonalds employee asks if the toy is for a boy or a girl.

    When my daughter prefers the Transformer over the Hello Kitty (it happens), it annoys me to reply “Boy toy”.

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  57. Alex says:

    I know this is persnickety and off topic but,

    I’m betting all your kids would prefer to make dinner at home with you (quality time/healthier) versus a cheap plastic toy…
    I don’t eat fast food anymore (yuck!!!), but I can tell you, the memories from learning to cook have lasted way longer those toys ever did. Then, you don’t even need to worry about the sex-appropriate toy! win win!

    …just sayin.

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  58. Anne says:

    When I order Happy Meals for myself (when I’m hungover, typically in an airport), I always ask what the two toys are and pick the one I find more appealing. I do remember the Denver airport asking me if I wanted the boy or girls toy. I took the boys.

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  59. Liz says:

    No experience with this question. Happy meals are a rip off. Buy everyone a hamburger, split a large fries and possibly a drink.

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  60. LogopolisMike says:

    Here in Chicago, my boyfriend and I (both men, both in our 30s) will sometimes order the Happy Meal in order to get the toy if its cool (this is usual a superhero or Star Wars situation), and they never ask us whether or not it is for a boy or not, but I believe that my boyfriend always has asked specifically that the toy we are interested in is available before ordering. Don’t know if this is universally true, but you can usually buy the toy for a buck without actually buying the Happy Meal if you want some sort of other meal.

    That said, recently we witnessed a very sad boy who was complaining to his mom that he was tired of getting the girl toy from the person behind the counter. (Until this point, we both thought he was a girl too.) Personally, I think they should be trained to ask what toy is desired, not making assumptions about who the toy is for.

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  61. Bridget says:

    1. With regard to toy choice, which comes closest to your experience:
    2. The toy-choice question didn’t mention the child’s gender (for example, “Do you want the Digisports or the Hello Kitty toy?”).

    2. If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond?
    “Hello Kitty toy”

    5. Was your order placed at the counter or drive through?
    Drive through

    6. When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place?
    2/9 aprox. 7 PM, Seattle, WA.

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  62. Paul says:

    What I have learned from this query is that many readers have small children who are demanding beyond their years.

    My sons are 13 and 17. I used to take them to McDonald’s for Happy Meals a decade ago. (Ironically, neither of them would eat at McDonald’s now if you paid them — thank God for Fast Food Nation.) They got whatever toy there was and liked it.

    Some advice — if you let your kids complain about their Happy Meal toy, you will someday suffer with your teenagers far more than I am suffering with my teenagers — and I am surely suffering with my teenagers.

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  63. Kevin says:

    This doesn’t really address the sexism issue, but the last time I was at McDonalds with my daughter, they had “Hotel For Dogs” and for some reason the display had Yoda, lightsaber drawn, telling you about them. WTH?

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  64. Transplanted Lawyer says:

    About half the time, we’re given option #4 — “Do you want a boy toy or a girl toy?” About half the time, there is no question at all and we get the toy they’re giving out. The toys recently have been bizarre transformer-like plastic robots and mutant pokemons. These have all been gender-neutral, apparently, and these toys all kind of suck, at least for the adults who wind up playing with them because the kids ignore them completely.

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  65. Neil (SM) says:

    1. With regard to toy choice, which comes closest to your experience:
    Answer: 1. McDonald’s didn’t ask any question about toy choice.

    2.N/A
    3. I think more often the toys were not necessarily gender-specific. But I could be wrong.

    4. What toy were you given?
    5. drive through
    6. Gaithersburg, MD

    My experience is somewhat different. I have a 1.5-year old who is just learning to eat regular food, so we get her the chicken nuggets once in a while. The first time, at the drive-thru, they didn’t ask anything, just put a toy in.

    Next time, and the only other time since then, I saw that I could ask for a special toy safe for children under 3, so I requested that. I’m guessing they didn’t have more than one choice for the toddler toys?

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  66. ktb says:

    I am curious to how often McD’s offers boys vs girl toys now vs the past. I am 27 now with no kids and haven’t had a happy meal in a long time, but I still have my toys collected in a couple of big bins and I don’t really remember their being split options that often growing up. I have McDonald’s-themed transformers and cars, lots of toys involving the latest animated or superhero movie(they did not have a girl alternative to Batman toys), lots of gender-neutral cartoon show toys. I probably only have one Barbie-themed toy (which I would consider pretty gender specific).

    Is this the result of a shift in thinking from corporate? Have they decided it’s more appealing to the kids (who do play a big part in which fast food restaurants they get taken to) if they get gender specific toys? Are their just fewer gender-neutral shows, toy brands, and movies to pull toy themes from? What did I miss?

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  67. Sarah says:

    Seriously? Sex discrimination in happy meal toys? Wow, we the people love to make up issues!

    1. Boys and girls, in general, like different toys (especially when they’re younger). That’s okay.

    2. It’s not as if a boy can’t request a girl toy, and vice versa. (and for those offended parents: get over it and request the toy your kid wants. I promise it’s not hard)

    3. They change toys so frequently, it would be ridiculous and inefficient to have these minimum-wage cashiers remember whether the toys this week are Barbie/GI Joe or Hot Wheels/My Little Pony. “Boy or girl toy” makes sense.

    On the other hand, if there’s a way to make an issue out of something, we surely should. Now that I think of it, McDonald’s should offer 1 toy for all kids to enjoy, regardless of sex (or, you know, what kids like).

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  68. Nick Peyton says:

    I loved McDonald’s! My first and second grade birthday parties were at McDonalds. I had every toy from 1987 to 1994.

    With that being said, it is interesting to think about McDonalds with a critical eye. Will workers being paid minimum wage really care if they are promoting sex discrimination by saying boy or girl instead of saying “Hot Wheels or Barbie.” Who knows. In this economy, the well educated might be working at McDonalds.

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  69. Beth says:

    Drive-thru in Norwalk, CT asks “boy or girl toy?”.

    My son wants the boy toy, no second thoughts. My daughter hates pink/Barbie/ponies so the answer is always “boy toy” or (gasp, she’s getting old) “no toy.” (The latter answer makes the order take a long time – the servers find it hard to believe we really don’t want the cheesy plastic movie-tie-in toy.)

    We always get whatever we request.

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  70. Stevefromkelso says:

    Blogger #15…I have seen “Supersize me” and his self-imposed rule was that if they asked “would you like to supersize that”, he would always say yes, and force himself to eat everything in the meal. Ordering a double quarter pound cheeseburger with extra large fries and a quart of pop, and eating till you puke, doesn’t seem to smart to me either. I don’t think most Mcd”s customers eat like that.

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  71. Melissa says:

    I was just telling my husband that I hated that they asked boy or girl – I would have preferred they would ask if we wanted the toy car or the princess doll.

    With regard to toy choice, which comes closest to your experience:

    3. McDonald’s asked whether the Happy Meal was for a boy or a girl.

    If asked a toy-related question, how did you respond?

    We said girl, but we should have asked what the toy options were.

    If not asked a toy question, was it because the employee saw or heard your child and just gave what he thought was the gender-appropriate toy?

    N/A

    What toy were you given? N/A

    Was your order placed at the counter or drive through?

    Drive through

    When and where (city and state) did the transaction take place?

    Denver, Colorado

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  72. K Conrad says:

    I have not been to Mc Donalds in about 10 years but my kids begged so we went and I was shocked when going through the drive through in Carson, CA they asked me if the happy meal was for a boy or girl. I saw an photo on the board in front of me of hotel for dog toys (small stuffed puppies) and assumed that was the toy and said it didn;t matter and the employee (who could not see us yet) asked again so I said boy and a girl.
    I am sorry to tell you but I am glad they asked as my daughter did not like what my son got (a motorcycle video game) and he most definately would not have liked the Hello Kitty watch which she adored.

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  73. RUBBA says:

    1.- 1. No toy choice.
    2.- NA
    3.- The toy wasn’t gender-specific.
    4.- A little stuffed dog. I gather to coincide with the movie Hotel for Dogs.
    5.- At the counter
    6.- L.I., N.Y.

    Poor sample time period I suppose.

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  74. political mpressions says:

    don’t eat macdonald’s – and especially don’t feed it to your kids! that food is full of chemicals.

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  75. P says:

    What about age discrimination? Chick Fil-A & Wendys have special toys for kids under 3 (as opposed to “normal” toys for kids 3 & over).

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  76. catherine the great says:

    At the McD in Wakefield, MA, I drive thru once a week with my boy and girl visible in the back. Sometimes I forget to specify, don’t get asked, and get one boy and one girl toy. Sometimes I ask for 2 girl toys when the boy toys are too scary to my little guy. Most often I get asked for each happy meal: boy toy or girl toy? to which i respond: one of each. I find the questions and toy categories completely inoffensive. I would be upset if they refused to provide a girl toy to my little boy, but then I would just go to Burger King, because America is at least still that free.

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  77. Charlotte says:

    McDonald’s asked whether the Happy Meal was for a boy or a girl.

    The meal was for me, so I responded with my sex.

    No,they didn’t see a child and must have assumed it wasn’t for me.

    My Little Pony

    Counter

    Dallas, TX

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  78. Don says:

    We don’t go that often, but when we go, I’ll usually ask for the under 3 toy. It’s generally less lame than the regular toys.

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  79. Grace says:

    We check the display case to decide whether it would be advantageous that week to be a girl or boy. We insist upon the toy of our choice and we get it, usually without any resistance. We most frequently visit the McD in Manhattan Beach, CA.

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  80. Peachish says:

    I took my children to McDonald’s drive-thru 2 or 3 days ago. They usually phrase it “boy toy” or “girl toy.” I have a boy and a girl so I often say “one of each.” My son got some little game and my daughter got a Hello Kitty toy. The problem comes in when I am alone order a Happy Meal for myself. I usually don’t really want a toy, and having two children I can’t very well take one toy home. I recently decided that I would save up the unopened toys and take them to child services in my home town so that they can use them as happies to give to children that have to use their services. I don’t really know if it’s a good idea or not, but I think it’ worth a shot.
    Forest, MS

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  81. hild says:

    When my daughter was small, back in the mid-80s, McDonald’s only had boy/girl Happy Meal toys one week a year. That was the Mattel tie-in Barbie and Hot Wheels week.

    I find it fascinating that a company which has such a reputation for smart streamlining of the process has drasitcally increased how often its counter workers have the added step of asking this question. Perhaps the gendered toys generate enough extra business to be worth the trouble?

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  82. GringoDoc says:

    Ian, you obviously do not have a seven year old daughter. If you did, you would be grateful for the question and not have to deal with her disappointment when she finds a hot wheels toy instead of a Hotel for Dogs canine micro-doll as her surprise!

    As we approach the counter or the drive-thru, I always hear: “Daddy, don’t forget to ask for the little-girl’s toy!!!”

    Even though my preternaturally bright child knows that these toys are utter garbage, it is amazing how she always knows the biweekly promotions at McD’s and BK and makes her choice of her weekly junk food sojourn solely based on the Chinese sweat-shop offerings.

    As a physician, I’d like to take the opportunity to take a moment to finally express what I always think every time my daughter orders those ghastly McNuggets…

    That, perhaps during my lifetime, a Nobel prize in Medicine will be awarded to a scientist for determining exactly what those, er, things are….

    Thanks, Ian. Quite, frankly, I think you’re wasting your time. No discrimination here. Just keeping kids happy ;-)

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  83. Bartkid says:

    I’m mildly surprised Americans can still afford to eat.

    I am less surprised that the most recently cited girls’ – and the premise of the post presumes of lesser value – toy is a watch.

    All the kids I know view watches as old-timers’ technology. None of them go to the bother of wearing a watch. If they want to know what time it is, they pull out their cellphone and glance at its time display.

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  84. Wendy says:

    ARGH. This is one of my push-button topics. I’m trying hard to teach my 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter there is no such thing as a “boy toy” or a “girl toy” – but – some children prefer certain toys more than others.

    I’m almost always asked if I want a “boy toy” or “girl toy”. I then say “There is no such thing as boy toy or girl toy, please tell me what the choices are.” The McD’s worker looks at me blankly when ever I say that.

    This has happened at both the counter and drive-through, all over New England and upstate New York.

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  85. Adrian says:

    For my cousins, I tend to ask what the toys are, then what the child would like out of the options.

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  86. pat barfordq says:

    Just this weekend a manager-esque looking person asked my daughter if she’d be interested in a toy to go with her Happy Meal. He then asked what her preference was – Pet Shop or Spiderman. When she chose Pet shop he said something to the effect of he might have guessed that’s what she’d choose. Interesting though, it was all non-gender specific and the choice was hers to make.

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  87. pat barford says:

    I forgot a couple of details. We were at the counter and Edmonton, AB Canada.

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  88. Diane says:

    I live in Southern California. Every time I order a happy meal at Mcdonalds (it’s the perfect size for me because I don’t eat a lot) I am deeply bothered by the fact that they ask whether the meal is for a girl or a boy. It should not matter! Everything is so gender streamlined and stereotyped – it is really horrific. I usually say “boy” just to throw things off since I am a girl (26 year old woman actually). However, it seems like they decide for me because when I get to the window they give me a “girl” toy!

    This past monday (3/16) was the worst. I took my nephew for his birthday and he wanted the “little petshop” toy for his happy meal which is “supposedly” the “girl” toy. When I ordered (with my 5 yr. old nephew standing next to me) and asked for the “little petshop” toy the man at the register said, “but it’s a girl toy.” I looked him in the eye and said, “it should not matter….right?” He seemed confused. I am afraid for my nephew’s well being and self esteem. The whole world is telling him that he can only like certain things because he is a boy. I just want him to be happy. I wish there was something I could do so that the folks at McDonalds would not ask that question!
    Thanks for allowing me to speak (write) my mind…
    -Diane

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  89. Laura says:

    People who get offended by questions such as “boy or girl?” really ought to find a more deserving target of their self righteous wrath. Political correctness aside, most boys and girls do have preferences when it comes to toys. (Thirty-plus years of crusading against Barbie and GI Joe has done little to change this). The “boy or girl?” question isn’t meant to put down boys or girls who don’t like typical toys for boys or girls. It is merely a shorthand way of saying, “do you want a toy that is preferred by most girls or ones that are preferred by most boys?”

    Going way back in this thread, I also disagree that boy toys are better because they are more “interactive” –i.e. they are noisier, have more flashing lights or moving parts. The dolls and stuffed animals that many girls prefer are actually more conductive to play that requires children to use their imaginations.

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  90. MyParenTime.com says:

    This is very interesting. We posted the following online back in 2001 — http://www.myparentime.com/mcd.shtml because we were experiencing an ongoing issue with McDonald’s toys & gender issues. We no longer update this section, but apparently this problem still exists. Back then we were told by McDonald’s that the employees are not trained to ask consumers whether they want a boy or girl toy. I guess there’s been a lot of miscommunication down the line. ;)

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  91. John Grabowski says:

    What a coincidence – I just wrote about this very topic recently:

    http://johngrabowski.tumblr.com/post/374916967/a-sad-thing-about-happy-meals

    I’ve always without exception had them ask whether the toy is for a boy or a girl.

    I have never been asked to choose between any particular brands of toys.

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  92. spackledorfed says:

    I used to go into McD’s and get Happy Meals. They would notice the boobs behind the Punisher tshirt and trucker hats and heavy piercings… and they would give me the Hello Kitty or My Little Pony toys if I didn’t specifically request the boys toy. Seriously? My style of dress didn’t tip you off that I want the matchbox cars or dragons?

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  93. Hilda Green says:

    I took my grandaughters and 21 month old great grandson to Macdonalds. We ordered McChicken Meals for us adults and Happy Meal for the baby. She wouldn’t accept the coupons I had because I had not told her about them soon enough.Then she charged me for the *toy* which I didn’t realize til we were getting up to leave She said we have to pay for the toy even though we ordered a *Happy Meal* . It is not the 91 cents but the principal of the thing . I thought the idea of the toys was to make the children happy. I mentioned this to my co-worker and she said *Listen to this , my daughter and I each ordered a *Big Mac* and they only had one meat patty on them, when she asked about it they told her she should have ordered a *Special* . I am wondering what is happening to what used to be the best!!!

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