Big Apple Bans Big Gulp

No more Big Gulps for you!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to enact a new law to ban large soda drinks from restaurants, theaters and from food carts.
The New York Times reported:

New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.

The new regulations would ban all sugary drinks over 16 ounces including Big Gulps, Slurpees and Venti coffees at Starbucks.

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  • gemma

    so if I buy two of the smaller size drinks and the two together equal more than the law allows will they have to be sure that both drinks are not for me?

  • Dwayne the canoe guy

    Any idea how to enforce this in a 7-11? You get your own cup, fill your own drink and pay for it. Stores will either have to have seperate fountains, with sugar drinks behind the counter, or stop selling anything over 16 oz.

    Also, a lot of bottles, like gatorade, are 20 oz.

    I think this law will fail as angry folks overwhelm the system and the law won’t be enforced (or just enforced on Conservative businesses)

  • MikeSilver

    First they came for the property owners,
    and I didn’t speak out because I was a renter in a rent-controlled apartment.

    Then they came for the taxpayers
    and I didn’t speak out because I was a government paid parasite

    Then they came for the gun-owners and people who believe in the human right of self defense,
    and I didn’t speak out because I was a violent predator who liked assaulting and robbing the weak, aged, and defenseless

    Then they came for my slurpee
    and there was no one left to speak out for my Orange Crush.

  • Militant Conservative

    More worried about Bloombergs stance on firearms.

  • denocraps suck

    who cares about NY…we have to make sure the commie mooslum isn’t re-elected…that is the big issue

  • donh

    Yes #2 It is a very easy restriction to get around. Stores offer ” buy one get one 1/2 price” on the small size…then you waste on packaging. Excess plastic consumption on 2 cups or 2 bottles. More litter , a bigger pile of garbage to get rid of….more environmental damage, and higher prices. This is really a SCAM to collect more revenue on the 5c bottle deposit.

  • JPL17

    They can have my slurpee when they pry it from my cold, dead…oh, nevermind…

  • Highlander

    I’ll say the same thing about this that I said about the cigarette ban … how can you BAN something that’s LEGAL? What is this country coming to people?

  • Earthmover

    Having solved all other problems.

  • Highlander

    And another thing …Who the hell does Bloomberg think he is “enacting” laws like this? Obama?

  • mg4us

    Keep it up Bloomberg and more folks will keep leaving the Empire State for greener pastures and Big Slurpees, , ,

    Ever notice how Litards love managing other people’s lives yet can’t seem to run their own family well? Most lefties have dysfunctional families and social relationships. . . seems they aren’t happy unless they can disrupt and destroy those who are. . .

    There is a reason our forefathers sought a Constitution to limit the role of government. . .
    they knew power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • Patty

    “The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.”

    Milkshakes and Alcoholic are worse than anything you can drink.

    Fat settles to the stomach in both these beverages. Milk has carbs and Alcohol? IT ALCOHOL.

    Bloomberg is a D A.

  • Highlander

    I love this line …..

    “With the new proposal, City Hall is now trying to see how much it can accomplish without requiring outside approval. Mayoral aides say they are confident that they have the legal authority to restrict soda sales …”

    “Outside approval” = the will of the people.

    We are on a fast track to a dictatorship in this country, and if anyone doesn’t see that, they aren’t looking too hard …

  • Mekan

    Many conservatives applauded the push against tobacco. Now I am not a smoker and don’t want people smoking, but when you have a legal product and simply regulate it to death you are taking away freedom.

    Well now it is not the big bad old tobacco, but sweet drinks, and everyone is apoplectic. Don’t you see that we gave them this power.

    Fuel standards for cars, Coal plant closings, tobacco free zones, and now your fizzy drinks.

    The war is over folks, my side lost.

  • Patty

    Yes, Michelle Obama is fair game

    The first lady of the United States is on a whirlwind publicity tour for her hefty new food and gardening book ($30), which the White House hopes will bolster Team Obama’s favorability ratings. I’d say it’s a classic recipe for rank campaign hypocrisy and media double standards.

    While journalists savor chummy chitchats with Mrs. Obama about beets and Beyonce, FLOTUS is once again escaping hard questions about her cronyism, junk science and generous junkets at taxpayer expense.

    Mrs. Obama’s 2012 campaign media blitz has already brought her to daytime airwaves (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), prime-time reality TV (“The Biggest Loser”) and children’s programming (“iCarly”). This week, she’s hitting up “Good Morning America,” “The View,” Rachael Ray’s cooking show, “LIVE! with Kelly (Ripa)” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

    Out: Let’s Move! In: Let’s Move … in front of the TV cameras!

    My prediction? As soon as the fawning media frenzy dies down and Mrs. Obama’s book rises to the top of The New York Times best-seller list, POTUS will go back to claiming that FLOTUS is a “private citizen” who should be left alone. The Obamas’ Chicago strategists have long enjoyed invoking selective immunity for the first lady without challenge. Lapdog reporters have assisted in creating an impenetrable bubble of political protection around the profligate, policy-meddling first lady.[..]

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  • dwd

    In the food industry, fountain sodas have a huge markup… pennies worth of syrup mixed with water, sold for a dollar or two. That’s a lot of money lost to many many businesses, because government thinks you’re not responsible enough to moderate your drinking over time.

    Places like 7Eleven and Starbucks need to create combos with two 16oz drinks plus a third 32oz cup to combine them into after purchase, or three 16oz drinks plus a 48oz cup, etc, and sell larger quantities that way. Get around the legislation that way… and see if legislators want to push the envelope even further by assigning a daily ration of fluid-ounces-per-person. That would probably require some kind of ID to keep track of it, and they’d gladly require ID for that, but certainly not for voting, no way!

  • Capitalist Infidel

    I thought democrats were “pro-choice?”

  • redneck

    New York should ban Nanny Bloomberg from ever opening his mouth…..another rich elite who thinks he knows better than its citizens whats good for them….