Straw-Smuggling California Waiters Face Jail, $1000 Fine

Watch out Santa Barbara waiters; a new city ordinance prohibiting restaurant employees from giving customers plastic straws has a penalty of $1,000 or up to six months in jail, reports National Review. Taking it one step further, the ever-disgusting, drink ruining "compostable straws" are banned too. 

The bill was passed unanimously last Tuesday, and covers bars, restaurants, and other food-service businesses. Establishments will still be allowed to hand out plastic stirrers, but only if customers request them. -National Review

The city's new ordinance may be "the most severe straw ban in the country," according to Reason, but it's hardly the first. Two weeks ago, Seattle banned plastic straws - leading Starbucks to introduce "adult sippy cups" which actually use more plastic. 

Santa Barbara, however, has gone much further than Seattle — even aside from the harsher punishments its law imposes. Santa Barbara has banned not only plastic straws, but also compostable straws. Oh, and each individual straw counts as a separate infraction, meaning that if someone got busted handing out straws to a table of four people, he or she could end up facing years behind bars. -National Review

As Christian Britschgi of wrote in January: 

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.

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." Celebrity astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson (always up for a little chiding) and Entourage star Adrian Grenier have appeared in videos where an octopus slaps them in the face for using a plastic straw.

The actual number of straws being used is unclear. Calderon, along with news outlets writing about this issue—from CNN to the San Francisco Chronicle—unfailingly state that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day, many of them ending up in waterways and oceans. The 500 million figure is often attributed to the National Park Service; it in turn got it from the recycling company Eco-Cycle.

Eco-Cycle is unable to provide any data to back up this number, telling Reason that it was relying on the research of one Milo Cress. Cress—whose Be Straw Free Campaign is hosted on Eco-Cycle's website—tells Reason that he arrived at the 500 million straws a day figure from phone surveys he conducted of straw manufacturers in 2011, when he was just 9 years old.

Cress, who is now 16, says that the National Restaurant Association has endorsed his estimates in private correspondence. This may well be true, but the only references to the 500 million figure on the association's website again points back to the work done by Cress.

More important than how many straws Americans use each day is how many wind up in waterways. We don't know that figure either. The closest we have is the number of straws collected by the California Costal Commission during its annual Coastal Cleanup Day: a total of 835,425 straws and stirrers since 1988, or about 4.1 percent of debris collected.

And for any Santa Barbara servers even thinking of #Resisting straw-oppression, don't drop the soap. 


Old Skool Placerville Fri, 07/27/2018 - 03:42 Permalink

"repetitive sucking may cause or exacerbate wrinkles on the lips or around the mouth." there is no way not to be crude about this, but shouldn't the paper be issuing that same warning to all females & homos about blowjobs too?

MSM, social warriors and politicians are just too stupid and brainwashed to think before speaking.

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Trogdor pods Thu, 07/26/2018 - 16:00 Permalink

Problem is: once it all collapses, these freaks will be headed East.  I don't know if we can build a wall with gun positions fast enough ... although snipers might be able to hold them back until they starve.

I recently heard that FakeBook was moving (some) operations into this neck of the woods (Utah) - and how they were openly planning on bringing in around 6000 Leftist freaks and deviants with them so they could "shift the culture Left" here.  They're setting up right in the NSA's neck of the woods ... shocking, I know.

I predict a lot of houses burning down in the middle of the night....

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Drop-Hammer Occams_Chainsaw Thu, 07/26/2018 - 20:01 Permalink

Idaho's cunt politicians already rolled out the red carpet for that Turkish cunt who owns Chobani yogurt and built his huge plant in Idaho.  Then, our cock-bag pols imported thousands of Middle Easterners and Africans to resettle in Idaho, many in the town where yogurt boy has his plant.  Many of them work in his plant.  Children of these muslim cunt savages sexually assaulted a 5 year-old white American girl last year, and the local police/prosecutors tried to hide the crime from the jew press who aided/abetted them in hiding the crime. 

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Lumberjack pods Thu, 07/26/2018 - 16:54 Permalink

So we have the greenest states of them all... California and Massachusetts with NY in a tie for second.

Yesiree, them recycling, clean, green fraud money makin machines.

Problem is, they have raped us all on unreliable, intermittent, renewable frauds. 

The giant momey states impose their will on their smaller neighbors to do just the opposite while wall street and cronies legislators make billions.

China just put them in their place. Keep your garbage. We’re going green too.

Okie dokie...the most recent effort of one of these states fucking over the little one next door is Ma vs. Me.

Yup these hypocrite environmental terrorists have big law firms and senators in their pockets and now want to plant windmills on the majestic peaks of Maine that the locals who are not tree huggers oppose. It’s easy to pick on poor folks and use excuses like we will do something for you but end up rich and the companies go BK leaving you on the hook with tripling electric bills and paying to clean up the mess when they fail. 

Obama did a great job with that! Congratulations /s.

Ok, now for the meat of the matter. Ma. has plenty of space to bury their garbage. They send it to Me to Ma. Run/owned garbage concerns. They also send up radiological and other hazardous waste, (illegally from Ma and RI.. Gee thanks Casella /s.

Of course the other export is heroin and fentanyl, illegal aliens and now fukin windmills.

wanna play hardball?

Ohio and Maine need to stop all waste imported from the greater NE region. 

Time to go conservative green!

That includes states that accept Ca trash too. Hey, it a global warming thing and they have plenty of space in the Berkshires and Sonoma Valley. 

Same goes for Upstate NY., CT and NH.

Don’t Tread On Us!

Make America green again! Keep you garbage to yourselves!

Like the e REC fraud, make them wallow in it. Save the waste space for for future growth. The Re markets will adjust, taxes there will be exponentially higher and... The business and money will move your way. 

Problem, reaction, solution.







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Free This silverer Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:31 Permalink

Stick a giant straw up your asses Californication! Too much kool-aid and rose colored glasses, ugh!

Stuckbucks is now offering sippy lids with twice the plastic, so they replace straws with lids?

Give me a fucking break environmentalists, whatever you touch turns to SHIT!!!

The Plastic Touch! Most of the plastics found in the oceans are from China, S. America and Africa anyway. What you gonna do about that?

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PT pods Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:57 Permalink

It really pisses me off that certain people get to keep their jobs and yet I often don't have one.

... and they still have their jobs.  You think they have run out of ideas?  Plastic bags, cow farts, straws ... a normal person would assume they had run out of ideas.  We're not talking normal here ...

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candyman pods Thu, 07/26/2018 - 16:57 Permalink

Costco sells a box of 3000 straws I bought when the kids still lived a home. The damn thing still is half full. Will I be arrested if found now. A half box of popsicle sticks is next to it. Both were used for some school project years and years ago. I better hide them. WTF 

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Lore JimmyJones Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:40 Permalink

It's the same in Western Canada: creepy.  Where is this weird, childish, progressivist neurosis coming from?  Real, serious problems go unmentioned and untended.  If the goal is responsible stewardship, banning straws and shopping bags isn't the way.

I really would like to understand, to know where this is coming from.  The local officials who champion it seem very earnest, driven and determined.  They sincerely believe in what they're doing, talking on local TV and radio with a straight face -- great enthusiasm, even.  What the hell is wrong with them?  It's as if they suffer from some kind of mental illness that blocks them from having any sense of broader context, any perspective -- and yet, they consider themselves cutting-edge.  And to listen to the callers, they share it.  It's as though somebody dropped stupid pills into the water supply.  Are we witnessing a kind of escapism, to avoid coming to grips with harsher reality?  How will these children respond to the Reset?

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pods Lore Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:53 Permalink

Many areas of Cali have been living in the land of make believe so long that they can no longer determine what is real and what is fantasy.

Also there is this weird need to be accepted there, leading to an easily swayed herd.

Maybe because Cali welcomes in all the narcissist wannabe movie stars?  They always need public adoration.  And they have simply bred out some traits of reality?

idk, but I am just perplexed that people can be this fucking retarded. I mean, I have met a lot of people who were retarded, and they were great people. I think we are going to have to stop even using the term, as these people really are dangerous in the extreme.


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PT Lore Thu, 07/26/2018 - 16:06 Permalink

They need an idea or else they will be fired.  But the idea must not hurt the big people.  It can only hurt the "little" people.  Come up with an idea or lose your job.

And no-one is pushing back so it's not like they're afraid of the little people.
Beyond that, I do not know.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Lore Thu, 07/26/2018 - 16:09 Permalink

I am glad someone else has noticed! It is a type of mass mental illness. That has been my conclusion, as well.

But beware the maddening mob! I bet I could go on NextDoor and write a post saying that I am against recycling, and list five bullet points and within six hours my account would be banned and someone would be trying to locate my house. To make sure they teach me that if I don't wash out cans and milk cartons, like they do, I will burn in ecofreak hell. Or they will simply give me a head start and burn down my house. I wish I was joking. I am not.

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