Leftist Democrats in California are proposing a bill which will make it illegal for wait staff to give a patron an “unrequested straw.”
The offense could result in a hefty fine and imprisonment. Imprisonment!
Ian Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California’s lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon’s law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
“We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans,” Calderon said.
This isn’t just Calderon’s crusade. The California cities of San Luis Obispo and Davis both passed straws-on-request laws last year, and Manhattan Beach maintains a prohibition on all disposable plastics. And up in Seattle, food service businesses won’t be allowed to offer plastic straws or utensils as of July.
It truly is a shame what has happened to that state. Every time I beg my wife to move us out of this despicable shithole of a city, I remember I could be living in California.