Mrs. A., an English teacher, shared that she was shocked and horrified to find this in her child’s McDonald’s Happy Meal.
As you can see, it says “Who is Shrek and Donkey trying to rescue?” when it should say “Who are Shrek and Donkey trying to rescue?”
Naturally, Mrs. A. took her concern to the source. As she wrote to McDonald’s (TootsNYC and anyone else who was wondering, this is the part of the story that made the words nerds chortle at the holiday party):
One of your Shrek Happy Meal trivia cards reads: Who is Shrek and Donkey trying to rescue from the castle in Shrek? Who are doing your proofreading?
Mrs. A. reports that she heard back from McDonald’s:
I’m sorry you were disappointed with the Shrek The Third Dvd 2007 toy. The quality and safety of our Happy Meal toys is very important to us. All of our Happy Meal toys are thoroughly tested and meet regulations outlined by the federal government. In many cases, our toys exceed these guidelines. Each toy undergoes extensive review by our safety team and testing by the toy supplier and independent testing labs before, during and after production.
To which Mrs. A. commented, “Here’s the reply I received from Mickey D’s. They obviously read my message and put a real person right on the case. . . . Well, it should come as no surprise to me that the grammar on their Happy Meals toys meets and even exceeds ‘regulations outlined by the federal government.'”
MRP is just wondering what the extensive review by the grammar safety team must be like.