No more soda delivery for you in New York City, you poor people. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban goes into effect March 12, and gone are the days when you could get a 2-liter bottle of your favorite pop delivered with your pizza and wings.
The soda ban “prohibit[s] eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces,” and restaurants, bars, and consumers are starting to feel the effects, the New York Post reported.
“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,” the Post said.
Ouch. And consider this: No more pitchers of sodas, no more large glass sizes, and no more 32-ounce mixers with your favorite bottle in nightclubs. Cranberry juice? Nope. Hope you like vodka and water.
Industry professionals have a word for the ban.
“It’s ludicrous,” Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance, told the Post. “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?”
“We’re figuring out a way to have freshly squeezed juice for the birthday parties,” Ayman Kamel, who manages a bowling alley, told the Post. “We might have to raise the price about a dollar or so.”
Daisy Reyes, a manager at Dallas BBQ, said her establishment “will retire its 60-ounce pitchers and 20-ounce glasses” and buy all new ones.
And I concur with the sentiments of nightclub owner Lamia Sunti, who said, “Oh, my God. Seriously? It’s not like one person is going to be drinking the whole carafe. It’s silly.”
The Post explained “Nanny” Bloomberg’s ban:
Alcoholic drinks and diet sodas are not subject to the ban, nor are fruit smoothies if they don’t have added sweetener, or coffee drinks and milkshakes if made with 50 percent milk.
But what about drinks with small amounts of added sugar? Vendors must determine if the beverages have more than 3.125 calories per ounce.
But they should double-check their math: Violations cost $200 each.