Many people in New York City think Mayor Bloomberg has gone too far with his soda ban. On March 12, the city will start to feel the pinch of the new law, and that includes many pizza parlors. People can say adios to 2 liters soda, that are commonly ordered alongside a pizza, because Bloomberg has deemed himself the Soda Police. Bloomberg’s law prohibits eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.
“It’s ludicrous,” said Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance. “It’s a sealed bottle of soda you can buy in the supermarket. Why can’t they deliver what you can get in the supermarket?”
Not only will the ban affect pizza deliveries, but it will also affect social gathering places. No large sodas will be allowed at bowling alleys, or even kiddie places like Chuck E. Cheeses. Also, if you think you’re going to get bottle service in NYC and expect a huge carafe of mixers, it’s not happening. Carafes usually hold 32 ounces, and are usually sodas, cranberry juice and tonic water, but they will be limited also. Only water and 100 percent juice will be unlimited.
With March 12 fast approaching, many places will have to figure out a workaround to bypass or comply with the law. If you’re found violating Bloomberg’s soda ban, violations can cost $200 each.
What do you think about the soda ban?