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Custody Battle Involves McDonald's

A Father's Refusal to Go to McDonald's May Cost Him His Son

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Remember when the old lady spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald's?

When it happened, I remember thinking the court system was flawed for allowing the suit, then years later I saw a documentary about how bad the woman's injuries were — and I was floored.

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What does this have to do with dads and hamburgers? Nothing — except sometimes you need wait and read beyond the headlines.


If you haven't heard the news, a father in NYC was accused by his ex-wife and psychologist Marilyn Schiller of being an unfit father for not giving his son McDonald's.

Here are some additional facts:

  • The former couple's 4-year-old son wanted to eat McDonald's on David Schorr’s (the father) scheduled Tuesday visitation day.
  • From reading a few articles on the topic, father and son had a regular destination they frequented every week, but the boy wanted to change it up with fast food (David did tell the boy he would take him anywhere else).
  • David felt that his son was eating too much junk food and refused. Tantrum ensued.
  • The boy was returned to his mother (Bari Yunis Schorr) that evening without dinner. Yunis-Schorr did end up taking their son to the golden-arched restaurant that evening and then solicited the opinion of psychologist Marilyn Schiller about the event.
  • Schiller’s assessment of the situation was as follows (Time Newsfeed):

    “…Schiller, a court-appointed psychologist, told the court hearing the divorce case that because he wouldn’t take the boy to McDonald’s, he was “wholly incapable” of taking care of the child and asked the court to intervene, restricting the time Schorr got to spend with the boy.”

Keep reading for more info about the case.

This can be viewed in a few ways . . .

A boy wants junk food, dad says no. The boy throws tantrum, and dad sticks to his guns and essentially sends the boy “to his room with no supper” (one assumes to teach a lesson).

From another perspective . . . a guy has his 4-year-old son for an evening (midweek), all he has to do is take him to dinner. The dude can’t handle a temper tantrum and ends up dumping the kid back on his ex-wife and running for the hills.

This situation isn’t about hamburgers and attention-grabbing headlines, it is about a messy divorce and the little boy stuck in the middle. I hope these people can work things out without the need for more court-appointed shrinks and reporters.

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