Saturday, August 26, 2006

Divorced Parents Use McDonald's to Handoff Children

A friend of mine stumbled upon some great cultural insight last Friday. While eating dinner at McDonald's, he realized there were an unusually large number of divorced parents handing off children for weekend visitations.

He's a recent Kentucky transplant and what struck him was the large number of divorces because he'd never seen that many divorced parents in Kentucky. What struck me were memories of being the child handed off for the weekend at McDonald's.

While this isn't really a positive thing for the McDonald's brand to be associated with, it's definitely a cultural truth. In today's divorce riddled world, McDonald's serves as a safe and public place for divorced parents to momentarily put aside their differences for their children.

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