Yesterday, I woke up cranky, and I had to show up early at a job site. So I did what I usually do in such circumstances: I left the house on an empty stomach, stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts near the job site, and purchased my favorite breakfast for such occasions: a large iced coffee with milk and sugar, and two coffee rolls (Dunkin’s name for cinnamon rolls). It’s just the right combination of caffeine, sugar, and cold water for me to face a morning of icky technical problems and pompous troublemakers.
Our Fearless City Leader, Mayor Bloomberg, is proposing to outlaw sales of sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces. So my large iced coffee would become illegal. Delis and fast-food places would not even be able to sell bottled non-diet beverages larger than 16 ounces. And while one could buy a 20-ounce bottle of diet soda, you couldn’t get it as a fountain drink, because drink cups larger than 16 ounces would be outlawed.
The rules apply to locations where food is prepared for consumption on the spot: restaurants, delis, fast-food places, movie theaters, stadiums, even pushcarts. Supermarkets, drugstores, and other places where beverages are sold for consumption elsewhere are not subject to the law.
Since the rules would represent a change to existing regulations, no actual legislation is required: the Mayor can simply direct the Health Department to make it so.
C’mon, guys: I get THIRSTY! And while I usually drink diet soda, sometimes, when I’ve had a long night, I need the energy.
OK, I know, I know: I’ll have to get two drinks. Or maybe three.