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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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Join The Conversation
SylviaHogan SylviaHogan 3 years
The mother is a total fruit cake and the corts should take the child of her for its own good. Strang woman
LynetteSweem LynetteSweem 3 years
The child's getting the short end of the stick. I agree with ErinOliva. It seems like the parents weren't on the same page about what the child should be allowed to eat but since he was under the supervision on his father, I think it's well within his right to say, 'no, you can eat at other restraunts but not fast food tonight.' The mother taking him to the restraunt afterwards, while within her right, made the situation worse. Then contacting a court-appointed psychologist regarding what happened...I mean what even gave her the idea to do that? & for the psychologist to react that way?! I mean does the psychologist not have children? Sometimes when you tell them 'no' they can throw a tantrum. Especially when they're used to getting their way (with the fast food). Mom & Dad just need to learn to play nice & decide how they want to raise the child. :(
ErinOliva ErinOliva 3 years
Seriously you are going to turn this story in favor of a nit-picking mother that invented a horror story where there doesn't need to be???? You have GOT to be kidding, I think the blame should rest on this supposed psychologist....there is nothing wrong (even if you want to throw in both scenarios) with a father disciplining and then returning a child that is acting out. This is what is called natural consequences for bad behavior, and at four I'm sorry it is NOT too young to start.. I would like to see the report this psychologist made and on what grounds he/she believes the child has been damaged or that there is a gross negligence on the part of the father.....
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