SuzyUK - 5:47 pm on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
they asked if they could stop at a MacDonald's for dinner before going home.
that in itself may tell a story, affluent places often have a high "treat yourself" rate and also it means the locals have more disposable income.. in a weird way it's saving to some/most of them. Rather than pay for that expensive meal before partaking in "Scotlands other favourite pastime".. they choose to "line their stomachs" with a good dose of fat - actually eating cheese is a recommended pre imbibing measure ;)
The other thing is unfortunately is that in affluent areas there are a lot of "broken" homes where children are living there courtesy of some alimony, part-time dad/mum (or in your case the grandparents) may be asked for a treat by the children to go there. Fortunately, in most cases IT IS a treat for them.. i.e. they are not going there every day - this is not so true in less affluent areas sadly
my wee man for instance does not ask or expect to go there when we are in town, but sometimes in the city after a rare day out he might ask, I or my husband usually take him if he asks and we can because he and we know it's not an everyday occurence!
and yes I eat the chicken and salad when I'm there too, not worried about the nutritional value just the taking part on the rare occasions I have to ... and then on the related note - the only time I drink coke is when it's mixed with something a little stronger ;),