Fair Lawn McDonald's Customer Clarifies Reasons for Going Public

Craig Lechner, the McDonald's customer who objected to Fox News being shown while he ate, has issued a statement.

Craig Lechner, the McDonald's customer who confronted the owner of the Broadway McDonald's because he felt its television programming was inappropriate for children, has issued a response to clarify his decision to go public with the incident and his contention that it was not politically motivated.

How I vote in elections, did not affect my decision to confront the manager, and my reason would have been identical if they were playing CNN, MSNBC, or any content clearly not meant for children. What you see on the video is an angry Dad, confronting a McDonald's owner for breaking his promise. I asked nicely several times. Moments before the video the owner assured me he would turn it off the TV if violent material came on. When explicit content came on, and the owner refused to turn it off and then mocked my by saying he "enjoyed it," I got angry and you can see the result. 

I did not go into McDonalds to get into a fight. I wasn't looking for a gotcha moment. My kids like the place and so do I, on occasion. I did lose my temper and I acknowledge I am not a perfect parent. But I am not also an idealogue or an activist nor have I asked for a boycott of Fox News or McDonald's. I seek no fame. What you see is a Dad protecting his kids. Those who wish to make this a partisan issue fail to see the point. This is a common sense issue that has to do with playing age appropriate material at kid's restaurant.

--Craig Lechner


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nc resident October 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM
That dude is a total self center left wing idiot. If all he cared about was the well being of his children why in the world would he be feeding them at McDonalds. It's news! Welcome to reality.
* October 12, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Winds were calm, the temps were in the mid 50's and it was partly sunny. Angry or not, you could have taken the little ones outside to eat and enjoy the day.
Tommy P October 12, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Craig advocates violence in his political views. Then gets upset that a private business has a broadcast that reports on violence. He didn't go to McDonalds to pick a fight, but recorded a confrontation and then published it on the internet. Logical falsies with a serious of specious statements intended to mislead, yup, he is a progressive. Craig, if you don't think it appropriate don't take your kids there.
Peter Loffman October 12, 2012 at 02:25 AM
This guy needs to get a grip on reality. The reality is that news is and always will be a part of our life. It was not like there was a porn playing or some other age inappropriate material. I grew up watching the news nightly with my father as early as I can remember and it did not affect me in any way. I believe I grew up a responsible person with knowledge of the world and what goes on. I am absolutely sure if MSNBC was on, he would not be complaining at all.
shawn cochrane October 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Everyone needs to stop harping on this guy,bringing your child to mcdonalds is a childhood criteria, he had an issue with what was showing on tv after he had made his purchase. He requested that the channell be changed because of the content.it should have been changed. I think to many people are forgetting ronald and to self centered on mccafe.
BellairBerdan October 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Unless you're watching Lockup Raw on the weekends MSNBC programming is political talk Mon -Fri. It does not have the history of inappropriate content getting through their filters like FOX does. Bottom line, the owner should have been a good businessman and just turned the channel for 5 minutes. Segments are recycled on FOX throughout the day. Obviously the guy isn't moving out of that chair. He wouldn't have missed anything. That would have been the wisest thing to diffuse the situation.
Tony Dadika October 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Craig ,McDonalds is not just a kids restaurant. It is for everyone. If you dont like what is being played, get up and leave. You had choices you chose the wrong one. What kind of example does this set for your kids? Next time go to Burger King. One other thing, learn to control your temper in public, I can only imagine what you must be like in private.
BellairBerdan October 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Or the owner could have changed the channel for a few minutes and not have lost a customer
Peter Loffman October 12, 2012 at 04:39 PM
First of all what 3 year old is paying attention to the news on TV and second why shelter a child from the realities of the world. As for MSNBC not showing anything but political talk is hogwash.. They all show what is going on in the world repeatedly. They all just have different spins to their stories. Time for a reality check...
BellairBerdan October 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Peter, you better just go wash your hog and check the programming lineup. And, the owner could have changed the channel for a few minutes and not have lost a customer
Go Figure October 13, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I think the father throwing a fit in front of his kids is far worse than anything they did or didn't see on TV. His approach was all wrong and certainly set a very bad example for the kids. Good thing this didn't turn into a physical altercation or the kids could have been hurt. Think next time before you act in front of your children!
BellairBerdan October 13, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Or the owner could have changed the channel for a few minutes and not have lost a customer
GSP135 October 13, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Exactly! The biggest threat to the children is their father's behavior (not a news program). When I go eat with my son we NEVER listen to television-we have what is called CONVERSATION. If you don't like what is on TV go sit where you can't see or hear it. What a drama queen!
Art Penrose October 16, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Another liberal who just can't understand why the world doesn't revolve around him... Good riddance.
Turd Ferguson October 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
What a m0ron.
Turd Ferguson October 26, 2012 at 06:46 PM


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