It isn’t mandatory for waiters to offer a straw with your drink in California, yet strangely it isn’t forbidden. But soon it will be:
[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.
Like so many other harmless aspects of our lives, straws have been denounced by progressives as offensive to the planet.
Wacky and tyrannical as Calderon may be, he isn’t alone:
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.
Straws are also a threat to public health:
The Los Angeles Times has gotten behind the movement, endorsing straws-on-request policies in an editorial that also warned that “repetitive sucking may cause or exacerbate wrinkles on the lips or around the mouth.”
Not touching that last line, not at all