Brad Messer Commentary
Monday, July 7, 2003

Big Food

If civilization crumbles, leaving us to run around in loincloths, eating prickly pears, it'll be because of lawyers.

They are ruining everything.

The threat to civilization began with a lawsuit over ladders. Some idiot fell off one, got a lawyer, and every ladder maker on the planet suddenly realized he'd better start advising people not to eat a ladder, plug it into an electrical socket, or marry it expecting normal children.

Then Mama Hot Lap spilled the McDonald's coffee and sued for a few million. Fast food hot-drink cups got new safety warning labels: "Warning. Contents Hot."

A hair-dryer label warns "Do Not Use While Sleeping." A car sun shield: "Do not drive with sun shield in place."

Now here come the lawyers after Big Food. I think their claim is that their clients are too stupid to understand that overeating can make them fat. Therefore, fat people are the fault of fast food retailers, and the only solution is for Big Food to give lawyers a few billion dollars. Then, we assume, they can eat much more at much better restaurants.

Civilization is beginning to crumble. I feel the movement.

Shouldn't there be a warning label?

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.

Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2003
Attorneys zero in on fatty fast food as health threat 1997
Warning label overkill

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