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to not understand why people consider McDonalds to be a "treat"

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TalkinPeace Thu 13-Mar-14 15:22:30

if I want a family "treat" meal I go somewhere with fresh, favoursome food made especially for us.

Why do people take their kids somewhere that sells the lowest common denominator of food and call it a "treat" ?

LaurieFairyCake Thu 13-Mar-14 15:23:20

Because it's very cheap and poor people don't have much money.

TalkinPeace Thu 13-Mar-14 15:24:38

is it actually that cheap for what you get?

HoleyGhost Thu 13-Mar-14 15:25:04

Children like it, no waiting about, relaxed and informal, no judging

phantomnamechanger Thu 13-Mar-14 15:25:16

the real issue is why do so many NOT think of it as a rare "treat", and consider it acceptable fare several times a week.

NigellasDealer Thu 13-Mar-14 15:25:24

it is not that cheap, we cannot afford to go there at £7 a throw

jenniferlawrence Thu 13-Mar-14 15:25:34

Because its not very healthy do people see it as an occasional 'treat'?

I'm with you though. McDonalds is not a treat. The Fat Duck would be a treat.

pjmama Thu 13-Mar-14 15:25:49

Good for you. We like McDs and it's an occasional treat because it is a load of rubbish and unhealthy, so we don't have it very often.

CrushingCandies Thu 13-Mar-14 15:26:04

Dd enjoys the chicken.nuggets and she gets a toy. Cheap fast fun.

jenniferlawrence Thu 13-Mar-14 15:26:09

*so not do

LaurieFairyCake Thu 13-Mar-14 15:26:36

Yes it's very cheap, like £5 for a meal.

Round here that wouldn't get you coffee and cake in a coffe shop (south east ) - in fact a coffee is £4 in my local coffee shop.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 13-Mar-14 15:28:06

I went out for a sandwich last week and it cost £9 in a coffee shop.

9 fucking quid, more than an hour at minimum wage.

<fumes once more at wages not going up for decades>

ChocolateSnowflakes Thu 13-Mar-14 15:28:21

It's cheap and children like it. Not everybody can afford to take their children to somewhere that offers "fresh, favoursome food made especially for them".

YABU. It might be hard to see that all the way from that horse you're on though...

Kendodd Thu 13-Mar-14 15:28:22

Is it just because they don't have it very often? Like a cream cake, or ... something else.

NigellasDealer Thu 13-Mar-14 15:29:24

i bet you live in Lewes Laurie grin

bellablot Thu 13-Mar-14 15:29:30

Surely, healthy and nutritious should be everyday and naughty stuff should be left for 'treat days'. Happy meals, toy, chicken nuggets and chips. Certainly these things don't get eaten on a normal day in our house.

What adults consider as treats is far different from what children do.

bellablot Thu 13-Mar-14 15:30:41

YABU by the way

GoshAnneGorilla Thu 13-Mar-14 15:30:51

"The Fat Duck would be a treat"

Ah yes, as a £200 meal is in the reach of most people.

This place is beyond parody sometimes.

OP I'm amazed you need this explained to you, but to those who go to McDonald's, the food there is tasty.

Furthermore, I despise this consent that you either like fast food or "fresh flavoursome food". Many people like both.

phantomnamechanger Thu 13-Mar-14 15:30:51

£9 for a sandwich?? shock what was it, caviar and gold leaf?

PansBigChainring Thu 13-Mar-14 15:30:54

DD loves an ocassional McDs and knows it shouldn't be a regular thing.

You're just being an enormous snob.

MrCabDriver Thu 13-Mar-14 15:31:12

Because kids like the bright appeal and toys... as you insinuate with it being unhealthy it's not somewhere that people go a lot ... so once in a while is a treat.

But you probably already know that.

NurseyWursey Thu 13-Mar-14 15:31:37

the real issue is why do so many NOT think of it as a rare "treat", and consider it acceptable fare several times a week

This.

Children like it. It is fatty and unhealthy, therefore should be considered a treat once every blue moon.

PuntCuffin Thu 13-Mar-14 15:31:46

My DC won't eat it. And you won't hear me complaining about that!
(Except when I want to feed them quickly and the only option is the £9 sandwich, at which point I do mutter about it!)

TalkinPeace Thu 13-Mar-14 15:32:21

I've just been to lunch in Ikea.
Less than £5 a meal.
Real food (smoked salmon, salad and extra bowl of salad)

the kids meals are even cheaper - and NOT stuffed full of fat, salt and sugar

LaurieFairyCake Thu 13-Mar-14 15:32:22

Nope, bog standard club sandwich - bacon/cheese/lettuce.

In Hertfordshire Nigella grin.

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