Happy Meal toy could be mistaken for weapon

Friday, July 25th 2008, 11:27 pm
By: News 9

By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9

Police asked parents to pay extra attention when they purchase their child a Happy Meal from McDonald's. Officers are concerned about the fast food chain's new Spy Gear toy.

McDonald's new Spy Gear toy is enough to keep children entertained, but the laser light coming from them could be a hazard police.

"It could be misinterpreted by an officer or another person as a weapons sighting system and whoever perceives the treat could react in an unfortunate manor," Norman Police Capt. Leonard Judy said.

Norman police are hoping the meal toy doesn't create an unhappy encounter with an officer who thinks the light may be coming from a real weapon.

Russell Burgess, a father of two, agreed.

"I would see where they might have confusion, but if you're a responsible parent keeping control of your kid, I don't see where there would be a problem," Burgess said.

Police are taking no chances. They asked that parents keep a close eye on children who are playing with the "Secret Wrist Beam" and other similar toys.

"If a child does have access to a laser device of any kind, parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their use of that," Judy said.

McDonald's plans to give the toy with Happy Meals for one week. After the week's end, it will then distribute the "Spy Guard Motion Alarm," a toy that has a siren.

News 9 attempted to contact the corporate offices for McDonald's for comment, but no answer was received.