Nanny Bloomberg’s Big Sugary Drinks To Cause Problems With Coffee Shops

Who would have thought that Bloomberg’s rule would turn baristas into government enforcement workers?

(NY Times) Come Tuesday, when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of large sugary drinks goes into effect after months of public debate over the measure, its impact on beverages like soda will be clear: no more jumbo colas. But coffee drinkers, and those who pour them, are likely to face a thicket of complications as varied as the lattes, macchiatos and Americanos on a Starbucks menu.

Customers at Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s can expect to add their own sugar packets and flavor swirls to large and larger coffees.

At other cafes, some will be given one lump, or perhaps two, in their coffees; those seeking more will need to visit the condiment stand.

Starbucks regulars will at first see no change at all, then may find a raft of them waiting one morning. Some large drinks will be affected, others not at all.

Oh, it can’t be that bad, can it?

The city’s new regulations regarding coffee hinge on delicate calculations about milk, calorie and sugar ratios. As with other sugary drinks, coffee cups 16 ounces or smaller are unaffected. But unlike sodas, which will max out at 16 ounces, cups of coffee larger than 16 ounces can still be served as long as the barista adds no more than three to five packets of sugar. (The limit depends on the size of the drink.) (snip)

None of those rules apply to drinks that are more than 50 percent milk, like lattes, because the city considers milk a valuable source of nutrition. And there is no limit to the number of Splenda, Equal and Sweet ’n Low packets a barista can pour in. (snip)

Given some coffee sellers’ uncertainty over how much sugar and milk is in their drinks, however, compliance can be a tricky game. And different companies appear to be interpreting the added-sugar rules differently, perhaps to circumvent a predictable kink in the morning-coffee routine: As baristas ponder how many packets of sugar are allowed in different cup sizes, the line of frustrated customers will no doubt grow.

Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s will no longer add sugar at all. Dunkin’ is handing out fliers explaining what’s going on and have trained their workers to explain it all to customers. Some independent coffee shops have simply eliminated drinks above 16 ounces. There’s lots of confusion and angst. Starbucks is waiting for the result of the lawsuit filed against the city.

Meanwhile, as Erika Johnson points out, Bloomberg’s next target is loud music from using ear buds. This will (for now) only be a public education program costing $250,000. Good thing NYC has solved all their other problems and has money to piss away.

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Comment by gumball_brains Subscribed to comments via email
2013-03-07 10:26:09

It is amazing how part of America are now more Socialistic than USSR or China or Cuba. Granted we don’t have the overbearing threat of detention and death camps, but we certainly have the overreaching hand of soft tyranny.

But, these people are electing this form of government. God bless their little hearts.

Comment by robert108
2013-03-08 18:35:26

Don’t be so sure it’s the “people” electing the collectivist totalitarians. The strong smell of unionism, as in shoveling money to the left wing politician who will vote them more and more taxpayer money to fund their greedy pension demands; this kind of crap(nanny statism) is one of the side effects of the circle of corruption between the Democrat Party and the unionists.

 
Comment by robert108
2013-03-08 18:36:05

Don’t be so sure it’s the “people” electing the collectivist totalitarians. The strong smell of unionism, as in shoveling money to the left wing politician who will vote them more and more taxpayer money to fund their greedy pension demands; this kind of crap(nanny statism) is one of the side effects of the circle of corruption between the Democrat Party and the unionists. Be aware.

 
 
Comment by William Teach
2013-03-07 11:00:13

I can’t wait for the resultant whining from Liberals about this, that way I can laugh at them.

 
Comment by gumball_brains Subscribed to comments via email
2013-03-07 12:23:57

Well, you sure seem to be attracting the wackies of late.

 
Comment by William Teach
2013-03-07 14:42:58

Yeah, bnut they make life fun!

 
Comment by Brian
2013-03-07 15:31:46

Gums: Dense, shallow, ditzy and clueless, but very opinionated. Consistently a crackpot on every issue that he discusses. Not the opinions of a rational person.

 
Comment by john
2013-03-08 12:12:10

Diabetes is a huge health problem in New York City. And its costs which are largely bourn by taxpayers are in the billions. They have surpassed the healthcare costs for tobacco. The US must currently spend about 200 billion a year on diabetics. I would like to see that amount reduced.

 
Comment by gumball_brains Subscribed to comments via email
2013-03-08 12:26:44

I’d like to see murders stop. Did laws fix that?
I’d like to see only non-bald people. Can mandating fix that?
I’d like to catch a 10-lb Largemouth bass with every cast. Can laws of nature be dictated?
I’d like to see no deadly storms. Would removing humanity make that happen?
I’d like to see a fair tax system like the Socialists have been demanding but blocking. Would reality hold for that?
I’d like to see people pay their own way and be responsible for their own actions. Can Socialism survive like that?
I’d like to see everyone always follow the rules.
I’d like to see a whole lot of things. But then I’m also an adult who gave up fantasy thinking.

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2013-03-08 19:12:10

robert108:
that may be, but unions are people too. the problem, like you mentioned, is the money used primarily for leftist activism.

 
Comment by Brian
2013-03-08 20:52:40

Comment by resident dimwit, Gumball_Brains,
2013-03-08 19:12:10

robert108: that may be, but unions are people extortionists and hoodlums, too. the problem, like you mentioned, is the money used primarily for leftist activism quid pro quo.

FIFY

Gums wasn’t being disingenuous, naw.

 

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