Bloomberg’s Nuttiness Bans Two-Liter Bottles and Pitchers of Soda: “It’s Ludicrous”

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

What used to be known as Fun City has turned something so simple as ordering a drink into a Kafkaesque nightmare.  Imagine bringing the kids out for pizza and you’d like a pitcher of soda for the table. But no, not in Michael Bloomberg’s New York. You know who’ll probably be the next mayor of New York City? The first person who steps up and vows to scuttle this nonsense.

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.

The city Health Department last week began sending brochures to businesses that would be affected by the latest ban, including restaurants, bars and any “food service” establishment subject to letter grades.

And merchants were shocked to see the broad sweep of the new rules.

“It’s not fair. If you’re gonna tell me what to do, it’s no good,” said Steve DiMaggio of Caruso’s in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. “It’s gonna cost a lot more.”

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.

“I really feel bad for the customers,” said Lupe Balbuena of World Pie in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

None of this will affect the billionaire nanny-stater, of course, just the folks scraping to get by. Next they’ll probably start criminalizing roguish behavior such as smuggling in a 20-ounce soda from Connecticut or New Jersey. Heck, why not set up checkpoints at the bridges and tunnels so such contraband doesn’t make it into the city?

“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?”

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11 Responses to “Bloomberg’s Nuttiness Bans Two-Liter Bottles and Pitchers of Soda: “It’s Ludicrous””

  1. HeatherRadish™ on 24/24/13 at 10:37 am

    I’m envisioning the return of the speakeasy…for children’s pizza parties. Insane.

  2. Utopian Socialist Pipedream on 24/24/13 at 2:11 pm

    Sounds like a glorious socialist utopia. Just read the other day about the most miserable cities, all in blue states. Have another hit of hopium comrades in blues states and enjoy your golden paradises.

  3. Earl Williams on 24/24/13 at 5:03 pm

    PERFECT! THIS IS JUST PERFECT! Bloomberg is doing this to the very people who voted for him. Elections have consequences…..

  4. chunkdog on 24/24/13 at 7:16 pm

    I don’t understand how this is even legal.

    A private company delivers a legal substance to a private home.

    Why is Bloomberg even allowed to have any input into this situation at all?

    New Yorkers have to be the biggest idiots in the world for putting up with this crap.

  5. John Cunningham on 24/24/13 at 10:36 pm

    Bloomberg is a typical Demo/Stalinist dictator. gun bans for the peons while he has a 20-man detail of cops protecting him. soda bans while he guzzles expensive wines…of course, the NY dopes who elect him and a Commie council deserve it, no??

  6. Blue Hen on 25/25/13 at 9:10 am

    Hey NY; you keep voting for an idiot who can’t be bothered to deal with rats, bedbugs and snow. But he will be ruthless with salt (which he doesn’t put on the roads) doughnuts, soda and baby formula. That, and blaming the tea party with no proof (Times square bombing). People get the government that they deserve. You deserve this guy.

  7. MT Geoff on 25/25/13 at 10:00 am

    @#6: The problem, crackermike, is that blue-state-nannyism is contagious. Ask Arizona. Ask Western Montana.

  8. crackermike on 26/26/13 at 9:25 pm

    I have no sympathy what so ever for New Yorkers. I hope Bloomstalin outlaws pepperoni on Pizza. I hope he outlaws Pizza. Many, many New Yorkers are from some 3rd World Hellhole and are used to, and indeed want and expect Dictators to direct every aspect of their lives. This is a good lesson to normal people what happens in a Socialist utopia. Reminds me exactly of the movie “Demolition Man”. Give it to ’em Bloomstalin, they darn well deserve it.

  9. I-RIGHT-I on 2/02/13 at 12:59 pm

    NYC, your guy must be either certifiable or simply doing what he can for the Progressive cause. In either case the restaurants can counter this by offing free refills and organizing protests against these imperious assholes. There is NOTHING they will not interfere with.

  10. CueBall on 3/03/13 at 10:25 am

    Are there any real men or women left in New York? I didn’t think so. Why anyone one would choose to live in this socialist hell is beyond me. Have fun comrades