Amid New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on big sodas — taking effect on March 12th — are some details that may have been overlooked.
The New York Post reports it has some previously uncontemplated effects. For instance, ordering a 2-liter bottle of Coke, Pepsi, Sprite or whatever the family desires with a pizza delivery won’t be allowed. Even pitchers of soda at children’s birthday parties are going to be a no-no under Bloomberg’s far-reaching ban, according to the paper.
The mayor’s new rules prohibit restaurants from serving or selling soda in containers larger than 16 ounces (smaller t
Bloomberg, who instituted a widely emulated smoking ban early in his tenure at City Hall, has followed that up by taking aim at trans fats, salt and baby formula. But the soda ban, announced last year, moves him farther into nanny state territory than any previous measure, say critics. The rules are tricky, and violations can bring $200 fines. Diet sodas and alcoholic beverages are not covered by the ban, fruit smoothies are okay as long as they don’t have added sugar and coffee drinks and milkshakes pass muster if they contain at least 50 percent milk. Drinks with added sugar must not contain more than 3.125 calories per ounce.
The rules will force consumers to pay more for smaller containers. Under the ban, they would have to buy six 12-ounce cans at an average cost of $7.50 to get an equivalent amount of a $3 2-liter bottle.
Domino’s locations across the city are doing away with big bottles of soda, one delivery man told the Post. Customers will have to order smaller bottles, which cost more and increase plastic waste. It doesn’t seem to matter that the big bottles are typically meant to be shared – as are the pitchers of soda served up at kids’ pizza parties..
“We’re getting in 16-ounce bottles — and that’s all we’re going to sell,” a Domino’s worker said.