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?”

  • 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….

  • Finncrisp

    This is beautiful. Is this called the urinary emmissions reduction act?

  • Tim in Cali

    I got a question

    What is the mayors stance on legalized pot ?

    The fact that I asked the question tells you what I think it is

  • Tim in Cali

    Another question:

    Less than a gram of Coke in a baggy…not a biggy

    Over 16 oz. of Coke in a to jail ?

    Whose running the mental institution ?

  • owl

    There are idiots and then we have those Bloomberg idiots. Yes, Bloomberg idiots are relatives of the Obamas. Grandmothers or some such………

  • GoldGeneral

    At the end it says “it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.” which I would think means it would not extend to the Big Gulp since it is sold in convenience stores.

  • Patty

    Citizens have rights and this is just another step among many to take our freedom away.

    New Yorkers can always vote for someone different.

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  • Adam

    Why anyone would want to live in NYC is beyond me.

  • Dan

    Doesn’t say anything about venti Starbucks drinks in the NYT article! You scared me there for a sec.

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  • AuntieMadder

    Although I’m not a fan of vat-sized cups of soda (can’t drink it all before the ice melts to water down the pop and condensation turns the cup all soggy and flimsy – a big ol’ mess), this is just bullsh*t. People should be able to buy tubs of Mountain Dew to bathe in, if that’s how they want to spend their money…providing the folks at Pepsi are down with packaging and distributing Tubs O’ Dew. It’s not up to the govt, local, state or Federal, to restrict citizens’ soda consumption and/or monitor how sodapop may widen their butts. Has me wishing I could afford a trip to New York. I’d bring along with me a sleeve of Big Gulp cups and straws and have one in hand to slurp from the entire time there.

  • bear

    Just like with tobacco use and tobacco taxes, this a “creeper.” By that, I mean a test of the tolerance for more desensitizing and more restrictive intrusions. Didn’t bloomberg try this with salt?

  • AuntieMadder

    @ Mekan #15- I saw this coming. When the libtards argued that smokers cost everyone money due to their health issues and diseases driving up insurance costs, I knew they’d go after fat people and junk food junkies next and with the same excuse: that they’re a financial drain to trim people and healthy eaters in the long run. And that’s with privatized health insurance. The Commies in govt and the libtarded Commies who support them will get even more controlling under Obamacare, when everyone pays for identical coverage. They’ll at least attempt to mandate workouts/exercise, limits on work hours, afternoon rest breaks/naps, limited hours of tv and video game playing…I’m not saying their attempts will be successful, only that they will attempt such power grabs.

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  • Candy

    Yeah AuntieMadder, yet most of the loot from the $12 a pack cigarettes go to so called tobacco/insurance initiatives… right, it goes to fund health plans. Ironic.

    Don’t ask the percentage of tax on gas in NY.

    What kills me is Bloomberg used to hang out in 21, dumping salt on his duck fat cooked burgers and a couple months ago went with Blankfein (Goldman Sachs), to Shake Shack.

    He still chomps dirty water dogs (NY cart hot dogs), goes to Sylvia’s in Harlem, etc..

    How about parents who take their kids to the movies (expensive for 4)? What’s next, the big popcorn and candy boxes?

    But for thee, not for me. The progressive, Cass Sunstein nudge.

    This from a man that has a garbage site problem; He wants to make more garbage. Where are the greenies? Every action has a reaction. The left can’t look beyond today re: the consequences of their actions in the long term. They’re mental.

    Since he’s the 1%, why hasn’t he experienced the full OWS treatment?

    Speaking of which fyi, they’re protesting some pipeline at St. Pauls today.

    Meanwhile, after all the quit smoking ad rollouts, he has hookahs in bodegas and dress shops (and lounges), all over the city; We all know who run the bodegas… clue, Bloomie’s a dhimmi. I’m waiting until this bath salt craze breaks out more here, then what will he do.

    BTW OT, I went to five bodegas yesterday and three sell that crap.

  • stuart

    A quick note to New York and New Yorkers:
    You get exactly what you voted for. You are proud to be “liberals”? Live with it. Don’t cry to me when they finally decide to ban Chocolate Ice cream, or pass more laws to control your dietary choices in minute detail.
    Suck it up. I’m out here in flyover country, I can’t hear you. Besides I’m too busy driving my pickup truck with one hand on the wheel and one hand on my 32 oz. Slurpee.

  • Bob the elder

    But soft drinks riddled with these carcenogenic sweeteners is fine. Uh Huh.

    OK are ya ready now? Is it time to tell these stupid self-obsessed buggers who think they have the right to run our lives to just FO?

    Is it time?

  • CommieJuice

    They deserve it! They elect these like minded Fascist into high office and endow them with all this power to rule over them. You reap what you sow. Bloomturd and Moochelle 0bama are two peas in a pod, one is doing it locally, the other trying to do it nationally. Btw, anyone in New York feel more complete now, feel more free, feeling more liberty, feeling more healthy and feeling better about themselves now that your choices and options are being cut down because their precious elected leader is now their daddy and can say who gets what… no salt, no large sugar drinks, no guns, no SUVs, no coal, no nothing unless daddy Bloomturd says so!

    Is this freedom? Does that sound compassionate and caring? Does that sound like something the government should be putting time and resources into? Does that feel like America???

    0bama and Bloomberg’s America 2012!!!

  • and bloomberg doesn’t see the tyranny in this. he hasn’t even an inkling of the tyrant that he is.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Hasn’t NYC had enough of Nanny Bloomberg yet?

  • MVH

    Nanny Bloomberg
    The only way this little man can feel BIG!

    He can’t push people around on his own, he’ll do it by fiat through the weight of his political office.

  • PL

    How sweet.The left continues to build our insane asylum,one roll of rubber wallpaper at a time.Wouldn’t it be nice if the chronic “do-gooders” would shut up for 5 or 10 minutes?Maybe buff their halos?

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  • Vote him out…I never liked looking at the guy.