**UPDATE: Judge Halts New York City Soda Ban**

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More: NY judge halts Bloomberg ban on large sugary drinks


The ridiculous is upon us (again). And good for Starbucks.


Monday is the last day New Yorkers will be able to buysuper-sized sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts in New York City.

The cola crackdown goes into effect on Tuesday. The new regulation puts a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks and applies to both bottled and fountain drinks.

The ban but does not include grocery or convenience stores that don’t serve prepared food. It also does not apply to diet soda, other calorie-free drinks or anything that has at least 50 percent milk or milk substitute.

Restaurants, street carts, coffee joints and other venues spent the weekend getting ready for the upcoming clampdown.

“I definitely believe it’s going to hurt my business,” said Mary Cira of Pronto Pizza, who said she had to toss nearly a $1,000 worth of 20 ounce and 2 liter bottles of soda. She’ll also have to reprint her menus.

“I have a combo special with a 2 liter soda,” she said.

“Personally, I think it’s ridiculous,” a coffee cart operator named said Peter told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck ”It’s going to slow things down because I’m going to have to put the sugar on the side.”

At Movie World in Queens, Russell Evanson said the small size cup he sells is now too big and said he’ll have to find cups that are 16-ounces.

“We are just going to have to comply and live with it, but it will mean less revenue,” he said.

Other establishments like Dunkin’ Donuts have posted colorful fliers explaining the complex rules surrounding coffee.

For example, Lattes are exempt because they’re more than half milk and it’s OK for customers to fill their own cups of large coffee with all the sugar they want.

Starbucks announced it plans to continue offering 20 ounce venti-sized drinks because of the milk content. Like Dunkin’ Donuts, customers will also be able to add their own sugar to their coffee.

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  1. Shifra says:

    From the NY Daily News:

    “New procedures give restaurant inspectors cups that can hold 17 fluid ounces and they’ll be instructed to issue a violation only when a cup is found to ‘clearly exceed’ 16 ounces.”


  2. Alain41 says:

    From what I can find on a quick web search:

    “…in many countries in Europe, the official size of a soda can is 330 milliliters or 11.2 U.S. fluid ounces. Additionally, other European countries consider a second standard in terms of can size, the measurement of which is 500 milliliters or 16.9 U.S. fluid ounces….”

    So even Europe has a standard soda can size in excess of 16 fl. oz.

  3. Alain41 says:

    If you clicked on the update link, there is an article on dead pigs in China.

    “Chinese authorities said they found more than 3,300 dead pigs in a river that supplies water to Shanghai… China’s around half a billion pigs often live in conditions ripe for spreading disease. One industry expert said the mass deaths indicated a disease outbreak, possibly on a single farm. Chinese social media lit up Monday with photos of masked workers using pitchforks and bamboo poles to remove bruised pig carcasses…”

  4. I love the drudge headline about Starbucks opposing Bloomberg. Its funny to see 2 so called “No Labels” CEO types go head to head, when one’s crazy ideas begins threaten the others revenue stream!

    on a more insignificant note. I saw Gingrich on Fox the other day, and he is back to his old excusing the establishment GOP and governors for back flopping on the state Obama care exchanges. Oh well. Back to 2010. I just wanted to let him speak for me until he decided not to. Skurooo Youuuu Newt!! (the icon seems to take a while to update:)

  5. Shifra says:

    Tammy, just caught the Starbucks logo LOL

  6. Alain41 says:

    What’s up with NRO readers/voters? Over 2,500 votes in today’s poll on, Do you treasure your Big Gulp?, and only 40% said yes. What???

    Maybe people voted that they personally don’t buy/drink Big Gulps, but hard to believe that they’re that blinkered to not see that the question is about availability of Big Gulps by Government decree. Or maybe the voters are only liberals and normal NRO readers haven’t bothered to vote, but I hesitate to believe that that’s the case.

  7. otlset says:

    Uh-oh, the judge took away the government’s new law designed to protect me from myself. Now what’s to keep me from drinking too much? I just don’t have any self-control with all this freedom! I need the government’s guidance on this! Whaaaaa…..

  8. FrankRemley says:

    Given a choice between Urkel and Bloomberg, I believe I would have to go with Urkel. There’s nothing worse than a tyrant whose net worth is over a billion dollars. Let’s pray that the Nanny doesn’t decide to seek higher office.

  9. Alain41 says:

    NY Post column, 3/31/13. Nanny Bloomberg is upset that NY Republican Senators won’t approve some speed cameras. Most interesting part of column is that the Nanny gave the Repub. Senators $1 million dollars just last year. My supposition is that most if not all of that money was given indirectly via PACs. So the old laws either preventing or limiting to $2,500 the amount that a politician (Mayor) may give to politicians that can give money to them, no longer work. Democrats complain about Citizens United, but this is a real issue. Rich politicians can buy political favors thru PAC giving.

    “…“This is a Republican conference that voted to raise taxes, to legalize marriage equality and to ban assault weapons, but they draw the line on speed cameras?” [Deputy Mayor] Wolfson asked. “It’s a joke.”…Bloomberg is the No. 1 campaign contributor to the Senate Republicans. Last September he sent them $1million, his largest single donation….”


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