New York City to Arm Health Inspectors with 17 Ounce Cups to Enforce Soda Ban
I was really hoping this was from “The Onion” or some other satire site, but it sounds sounds like the laughable nanny-state soda ban foisted upon New York City by Mayor Michael Bloomberg has just become even funnier. Reports are out that New York City has ordered 17-ounce cups for their health inspectors so they can be used as a measuring device to enforce the ban. From the Daily Mail:
Come Tuesday city inspectors will be armed with 17-ounce cups to police New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial new law banning large sodas and other sugary drinks.
The Health Department will begin implementing routine inspections to make sure eateries, including sit down restaurants and fast food chains, are not selling sugary beverages in servings larger than 16 ounces.
Those inspectors will have specially ordered measuring cups to help them enforce the new rule, Deputy Health Commissioner Daniel Kass said in an affidavit recently filed as part of the legal challenge to Bloomberg’s anti-big-soda policy.
‘The measuring cups that we will be issuing … will be able to contain 17 fluid ounces,’ Kass said.
Inspectors will issue violations when a cup is found to ‘clearly exceed’ 16 ounces ‘when measured in the inspector’s measuring cup,’ he added.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that Bloomberg decided that people in New York City were too dumb to make their own choices regarding the sizes and types of beverages they drink, he’s now going to spend even more of their money on cups to enforce it. The silliness never ends.