A 9 year old is fed up and she’s not going to take it any more. Well those weren’t her exact words to McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson, but they’re pretty close.
On May 23, Hannah Roberston, a third grader, had a chance to speak at the McDonald’s shareholders meeting when she told CEO Don Thompson, “It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time.”
She came to talk business. Fast food business.
Hannah had a prewritten statement that criticized the fast food giant’s nutritional deficiencies and marketing tactics. She asked, “Mr. Thompson, don’t you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and happy life?”
Hannah attended the conference with her mother, Kia Roberston, a health-food blogger, who came to the conference with other members of Corporate Accountability International, a human rights advocacy group that’s hoping to stop what they say is the fast-food chain’s predatory marketing to kids.
CEO Don Thompson responded by denying the allegations, saying, “First off, we don’t sell junk food, Hannah,” he said. “My kids also eat McDonald’s. When they were about your size, to my son who is with us today…”
Thompson also made reference to the fruits and vegetables they are trying to serve.
I guess ketchup is a vegetable. Wait, or is it a fruit? Yeah, I know, there’s apple slices and those big ass fried or grilled chicken wraps surrounded by lettuce and cucumbers.
But don’t for a second think Hannah is a one trick pony. She’s a YouTube sensation also! She regularly makes Youtube videos with her mother for their site, Today I Ate a Rainbow, which promotes healthy eating and home cooking for children and their parents.
I doubt Hannah changed anything in Don Thompson’s mind, but she didn’t do bad for a third grader.