Posts Tagged ‘Barbie’

Why is McDonalds Charging Sales Tax on Donations? Anyway, the New San Francisco Happy Meal is Exactly the Same as the Old

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Well here it is, the before and after of the San Francisco Happy Meal from McDonalds.

Today’s the day that the San Francisco’s Healthy Meal Incentives Ordinance kicks in. The upshot is that now you have to donate 10 cents to Ronald McDonald House in order to get the toy.

See?

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(Note the apple slices in the upper right. They’ve been around for a while.)

But uh oh, is Micky Dee’s charging sales tax on the donation? Yes it is. I cry foul.* (Uh, San Francisco McDonaldses, can you do that? Do you need to rejigger your registers?)

This sign was just put up. It’s all “10 cents adds a toy.”

Now I’ll tell you, I can recall buying a Hamburger Happy Meal in Palo Alto last year for exactly two-fitty ($2.50). It had more fries plus the free toy (but it didn’t have apple slices or a slice of cheese for the burger.) Anyway, prices be going up, it seems.

Oh well.

*So, the only reason to charge sales tax is if the 10-cent purported “donation” is actually for the “retail sale of tangible personal property,” right? So which is it, a donation or a sale? I mean if I donated money to Ronald McDonald House on Scott Street, they sure as Hell wouldn’t tack on sales tax, would they? Mmmm… I paid ten cents extra to get a toy, right? Thinking out loud here, could it be that, as far as San Francisco is concerned, the 10 cents shows that the toy isn’t included “for free” and therefore the sale need not comply with the HMIO, but as far as the state of California is concerned, McD’s is just selling the toy for 10 cents, so therefore, obviously, a penny needs to be collected and forwarded to Sacramento for each sale? (But of course, if you walk up and offer your 10-cent donation for just the toy, they’ll say, “No dice.” They used to charge $2 for toy only purchases). Have the legal advisers for area McDonalds restaurants thought this through? I don’t know. Anyway, the approach they’re taking appears to be a giant F.U. to the City and County of San Francisco. I’ll tell you, the path they’re on is full of rusty nails and garbage pails. Just saying. But hey, what about McDonalds Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois? Did they sign off on this? I wonder. (Did they indemnify the local owners? By contract, or, you know, some other way. I’m just curious about who came up with this ten cent idea.) Anyway, this is me thinking aloud, just raising issues. I can’t wrap my head around “ten cents adds a toy” and how that relates to state tax law. Like when I got my Android phone plus two-year contract for $50, I had to pay another $50 or so in sales tax because the phone is worth far more than $50. For example…

Word on the Street: “Burn Fat, Not Oil”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

As seen on Market Street:

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Now, where have I seen these dolls before?

OMG, It’s Financial District Barbie, IRL – Just Walking About the Financh – Chanel Purse, Pink Shoes

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Look, it’s Financial District Barbie, from Mattel!

Her shoe color matched her outfit, that’s how I could tell:

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Or salmon, some people might call that color salmon…

Yes We Cannabis! Naked Ken Doll and Naked Brad Doll Agree: Yes on Prop 19 – As Seen on Market Street

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

As stated, as seen on Market Street, inbound:

The small dots are noise (due to an unnecessarily high ISO equivalence on an older camera) and the large dots are raindrops (due to an unnecessarily high shutter speed), so don’t click to expand.

Stay dry, Sugar Daddy Ken!

Stay dry, Brad!

Typical Happy Meal Banned in San Francisco – Eric Mar’s Legislation Passes With Veto-Proof Supermajority

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The typical Happy Meal (or Kids’ Meal or what have you) with an included toy has just been banned in the City and County of San Francisco. Check it:

“This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.  To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.”

Today’s vote at the Board of Supervisors was 8-3, which means that any veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom would get overridden with a quickness, one would presume. Robble robble, indeed.

Legislation author and District One Supervisor Eric Mar is aiming to “challenge the restaurant industry.” Well, mission accomplished.

Get all the deets from this uploaded doc: Healthymlsdig3

So, either McDonalds will alter its menu accordingly or you won’t be able to get the likes of these Barbie dolls, these “Youth-Focused Incentive Items” in the 415 come December 1, 2011:

The upshot is that McDonald’s es infeliz. Muy infeliz. See?

Just after the vote, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said, ‘We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for.’”

So there you go.

All the deets:

“Supervisor Eric Mar’s Healthy Meal Legislation passes with a supermajority

The Healthy Meal Legislation sets nutritional standards for restaurant food that is accompanied by toys or other youth focused incentive items. Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation is co-sponsored by Supervisors Campos, Chiu and Avalos and was supported by a broad coalition of grassroots community organizations, parents and health professionals.  Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Daly, Dufty, Mar, Maxwell, and Mirkarimi voted in support of the legislation.

This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.  To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.

“This is a tremendous victory for our children’s health. Our children are sick. Rates of obesity in San Francisco are disturbingly high, especially among children of color,” said Supervisor Eric Mar. “This is a challenge to the restaurant industry to think about children’s health first and join the wide range of local restaurants that have already made this commitment.”

The effective date of the legislation is December 1, 2011.

OK then.

What the suits had to say about this plus Your Amended Legislative Digest, after the jump.

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Barbie’s VideoGirl Street Team Revealed: San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Ends This Afternoon

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

They’re here. Right now. Giving away Barbie dolls avec built-in video camerasand pink docking stations for your iPod ‘n stuff.

At last report, they were hanging out in Union Square. Show them something pink and you could win big. Get in on the action here.

Find these people and win, win, win:

The team travels to Los Angeles next, and then Chicago and New York.

You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play…

OMG, Barbie Doll Video Camera Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 20!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Barbie is coming to the 415 on Tuesday, 7-20-10. That means that, if you want, you can get on the Twitter and the Foursquare to get clues to find the Street Team to win a free VIDEO GIRL Barbie doll/digital camcorder and other swag.

It’s going to be the biggest thing ever. Follow the action here starting at 10:00 on Toosday. (NB: Barbs is currently checked in at her dream house in Malibu. Srsly.) The deets:

“It’s Lights, Barbie, Action time! To celebrate the launch of Video Girl Barbie – a doll that records all of the fun with a built-in video camera – Barbie is putting on a scavenger hunt in San Francisco! Thought you and your readers might be interested in spending some time with Barbie, getting in on the adventure and going on a real-life hunt for prizes, free swag and, of course, a totally dollicious time!

Using location-based social media tool Foursquare (www.foursquare.com) to keep everyone apprised of her whereabouts, Barbie will “check-in” to a mix of fun and fashionable venues in San Francisco.To participate in the hunt, fans can follow along via video and text clues that Barbie leaves on Twitter (@BarbieStyle) and Foursquare (@BarbieStyle).

And, for those that “follow” the fun, there will be limited edition Video Girl swag including a chance to win your very own Video Girl!”

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iJustine explains how VG barbie works:

Like a backwards Tele-Tubby, non?

Enjoy!

Complete rules: http://alldolldup.typepad.com/all_dolld_up/2010/07/video-girl-scavenger-hunt-lights-barbie-action.html
RSVP to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/barbie?v=app_2344061033#!/event.php?eid=138435432851331&index=1.
More on the doll:
http://www.barbie.com/videogirl/
iJustine goes behind-the-scene with Video Girl:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSCfbSKSxMc

San Francisco’s Virgin America Airlines Gets Its Own Reality Show March 24th: Fly Girls

Friday, February 26th, 2010

San Francisco-based Virgin America Airlines has its own “docu-series” starting up on March 24th at 9:30 PM on the CW – it’s called Fly Girls (and it’s not to be confused with the In Living Color/Jennifer Lopez kind of Fly Girls from the 90′s).

Take a look. Meet Mandalay, a local “girl” who’s a Virgin America flight attendant based out of SFO in real life. Listen to her go on about the “romance of aviation” and the benefits of choosing Virgin America, the only California-based airline left by the way.

Barbie, Skipper, and the ”ethnic girlfriends of Barbie“ (or, more politely, a ”mini- United Nations of races and ethnicities“) are coming soon to KBCW-TV channel 44 / 45 and all the CW stations across America. Oh yes, their “real” names (or “reel” names) are Tasha, Louise, Mandy (or Mandi), Nikole and Farrah:

Doesn’t this promo shot from the CW Network of former beauty queen Nikole look just like a Virgin America ad?

This show is going to be something like eight half-hour Virgin America infomercials complete with 30-second commercials for shampoo and cosmetics. Nevertheless, it’s going to be better than NBC’s high-budget San Francisco-based Trauma serial, that’s a given from the get-go. (Wonder if cheeky Virgin Airlines founder Sir Richard Branson will make an appearance or two…)

Just discovered that my aging Trinitron (that could be older than you) actually receives channel 44 so I’ll be sure to tune in to check out the debut.

Excelsior, Ever Upward.

Now, meet the Fly Girls and get more deets after the jump.

Farrah Williams

Hometown Airport: LAX
Must Have Travel Accessories: Lip balm and a camera
Travel Tips: “Be nice to fellow travelers and flight attendants. It makes for a more pleasant experience all the way around.”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Don’t make eye contact. Strip down quick so you’re not holding up the line.”
Years with Virgin America: 2 ½

Louise Nguyen

Hometown Airport: LAX (currently SFO)
Must Have Travel Accessories: Moisturizer and lip balm
Travel Tips: “While on the plane, always wear your shoes in the restroom!”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Get in line behind someone who has already taken their shoes off, and who is not juggling a ton of things in their hands, and then do the same.”
Years with Virgin America: 2

Mandy Roberts

Hometown Airport: PHX (currently SFO)
Must Have Travel Accessory: A big, soft pashmina that can be used as a pillow or blanket.
Travel Tips: “Drink an endless amount of water.”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Wear slip-on shoes with socks, if possible. It’s yucky to wait in line with bare feet on the dirty floor.”
Years with Virgin America: 2

Nikole Rubyn

Hometown Airport: SMF (Sacramento)
Must Have Travel Accessory: Visine
Travel Tips: “Always wear or bring socks with you to walk through security!”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Don’t wear all of your jewelry to the airport, keep it in small bags and put it on after you get through security.”
Years with Virgin America: 2

Tasha Dunnigan

Hometown Airport: SMF (Sacramento)
Must Have Travel Accessory: Cell phone
Travel Tips: “Don’t forget your common sense at home.”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Have all of your things in order and pay attention.”
Years with Virgin America: 2

“Fly Girls” is from Collins Avenue Productions, with executive producers Jeff Collins (“Bridezilla 3, 4 & 5,” “The Exterminators”) and Colin Nash (“The Hills,” “The City”) and co-executive producers Larry Bond and Porter Gale.

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Halloween Shocker: Kmart Comes to San Francisco to Freak Us Out – “Totally Ghoul”?

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Gaia knows that there’s no Kmart in San Francisco. (Can you imagine!) And yet, The Mart is sending “Street Teams” to The City on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 to “prowl” our sidewalks showing off the “quality and variety” of their Halloween costumes.  

 Ask them about Wicked, if you see them. Elphiba and Glinda should be big sellers this year. ..
 
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Celebrate a ‘Totally Ghoul’ Halloween at Kmart

Kmart offers thousands of costumes plus a huge assortment of treats and a new online Halloween shop

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 12 - Families are getting into the spirit of Halloween this year with “Totally Ghoul” at Kmart. The retailer is offering an eye-popping assortment of thousands of costumes for men, women, teens and kids, as well as all the trimmings for the spookiest Halloween party house. Kmart has also enhanced the “Totally Ghoul” online experience with the debut of the “Costume Machine” and “Ghoul Me” tools.

“Halloween has become an increasingly universal celebration for all ages, and with that, Kmart expanded our costume assortment alone by more than 50 percent,” said Dev Mukherjee, SVP and president, Seasonal & Toys, Sears Holdings. “This year, Halloween falls on a weekend, so there will be more parties for kids and adults than usual. To help with the holiday festivities, Kmart has party décor, costumes and candy empowering customers to manage their lives as well as make the holiday affordable and over-the-top fun.”

Revelers can browse “Totally Ghoul” for thousands of costumes and the most coveted licensed merchandise from Transformers, Wizards of Waverly Place, GI Joe, Harry Potter, Bakugan, Star Trek, Super Why, Barbie(TM), Thumbelina, Bratz, Sesame Street and much more. Couples will find his-and-her costumes to transform themselves into Popeye and Olive Oyl, a Cave Couple and even a Wicked fairy tale.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, costumed “street teams” will prowl the sidewalks in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, to show passerby’s the amazing quality and variety of holiday attire available at Kmart.

More ghoulishdeets, after the jump

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