New York: Where Fun Comes to Die

Seriously?

Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop.

Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families.

Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub.

They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even baby formula.

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And consumers, especially families, will soon see how the rules will affect their wallets — forcing them to pay higher unit prices for smaller bottles.

Typically, a pizzeria charges $3 for a 2-liter bottle of Coke. But under the ban, customers would have to buy six 12-ounce cans at a total cost of $7.50 to get an equivalent amount of soda.

Because of course, people are utterly incapable of making these decisions on their own, right?

A new mayor cannot arrive on the scene in the Big Apple fast enough.

  1. Chris Campion

    Next, every New Yorker will have to document and prove, daily, that they consumed an adequate number of glasses filled with deliciously pure water, so Bloomberg can check that off his clipboard before he goes sleepy-byes every night.

    Being in charge is hard work.

  2. Fricosis Guy

    I’m surprised that OSHA hadn’t already banned the 2-liter delivery option as an unsafe working condition for the drivers.

  3. Percival

    There are grocery stores out here in the Midwest which sell hot food (fried chicken, pizzas, etc.)  Would a store doing the same in NYC be proscribed from selling 2 liter bottles under the Bloomberg diktat?

  4. Kervinlee

    I think it’s too bad that New Yorkers can’t keep electing soda-jerk Bloomberg mayor in perpetuity — just to keep this cancer from metastasizing onto the national scene and inflicting his do-goodism on the rest of the country, as we all know he will.

  5. Skyler

    This reminds me of my time at Notre Dame.  The administration was the in loco parentis and allowed us to drink alcohol, but in my sophomore year they decreed that kegs were no longer allowed as they encouraged parties and excessive drinking.

    The sales of quart beers went up.  We still had the parties, we just drank from big bottles instead of from small cups.  Except in Morreau Seminary, where there was a keg on tap 24/7.

    I guess later they forbid alcohol of any kind, but I’m sure the priests still had their kegs at the seminary.  And they keep wondering why so many priests are alcoholics.

  6. Mario the Gator

    I think every voter in NYC that supports “big government” deserves every bit of suffering that Mayor Bloomberg can inflict upon them.  I hope he makes their lives miserable, with a 16-oz Coke and a smile.

  7. SpinozaCarWash

    Does the ordinance only apply to “eateries,” but not large grocery or drug stores?  Seems like there is a public choice story here.

  8. WI Con
    Mario the Gator: I think every voter in NYC that supports “big government” deserves every bit of suffering that Mayor Bloomberg can inflict upon them.  I hope he makes their lives miserable, with a 16-oz Coke and a smile. · 29 minutes ago

    Yep. Elections have consequences – like Obama, they deserve everything they’ve got coming.

  9. Margaret Sarah

    Don’t worry, this only affects little people. The right kind of people buy from expensive Italian restaurants with white-sauce pizzas with arugula and carmelized artichoke hearts, and open a nice bottle of wine.

    Increasingly there’s an urban class that regards the city as a place to play. Museums, nice restaurants, high fashion, bike lanes and jogging paths, dog parks–these are important. The downscale things that go with earning a living and raising a family, like convenience stores, carry-out pizza, effective neighborhood police and neighborhood schools, don’t count for much.  

  10. Nick Stuart

    How many people do you suppose will be shocked on March 12 when they go to order a pizza and a 2 liter bottle of soda and are told they can’t?

    What do you think is the liklihood that any subsequent mayor will be able to rescind the ban, even if he or she is interested in doing so?

    And as has been asked before “Doesn’t NYC have any other problems to deal with?”

    In Chicago it would be dealt with by putting a $1/bottle tax on the large containers.

  11. Cutlass

    “A new mayor cannot arrive on the scene in the Big Apple fast enough.”

    Yeah, but this is NYC. As horrible as Bloomberg is he’ll likely look like Margaret Thatcher compared to whatever slimy leftist that city dredges up  from the sewers as his replacement.

  12. Cutlass
    Nick Stuart: How many people do you suppose will be shocked on March 12 when they go to order a pizza and a 2 liter bottle of soda and are told they can’t?

    The best part is I wonder how many of those people still think of Bloomberg is a Republican.

  13. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    They’ll get around to it.

    Fricosis Guy: I’m surprised that OSHA hadn’t already banned the 2-liter delivery option as an unsafe working condition for the drivers. · February 25, 2013 at 4:20am

  14. oldbaritone

    and New York’s SAFE act makes possession of an 8-round firearm magazine a Class D violent felony – more serious than a repeat-offense child molester.

    Hooray NY – free the perverts to molest again and imprison peaceful citizens.