Monday, a small group gathered outside of City Hall in New York to protest against a proposed ban on the sales of high calorie drinks in sizes larger than 16 ounces. To be honest there was more media at this protest than protesters, probably at least at a ratio of two to one.
Basically, although some at the demo thought that it wasn’t right to sell drinks that are larger than the capacity of the human stomach, they didn’t want the government, or more specifically, Mayor Michael Bloomberg telling them what to do.
Called the Million Big Gulp Rally, the idea of the city (or the government) regulating what you eat or drink sticks in the craw of many folks. After all, sales of soft drinks are actually down nationwide, and the obesity epidemic that is sweeping the country is probably caused by the lack of exercise as much as super-sized portions. The ban would only effect establishments which the city has its control over, which means graded restaurants and mobile food carts. The alleged prime offender, 7-Eleven, would not even be effected and you could still buy your Big Gulps.
The city has succeeded in banning other sinful activities in the past. The smoking ban has been successful and lighting up in offices, parks, restaurants and bars is now verboten. About the only place you can grab a cigarette now is either in your home (and there are non-smoking apartment buildings too) or in the middle of the street.
Whether the the soft drink ban actually happens or fizzes out remains to be seen. But it does bring back fond memories of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 1997 attempted ban on jaywalking. We realize you can actually get a ticket for it in most cities, but in New York, perhaps because people are in hurry to get to where they are going, or maybe they just don’t like to be told what to do by the mayor, the jaywalking ban failed miserably.
Richard Levine and Frances Roberts, of Levine Roberts Photography, are a husband and wife team of photographers covering politics, environmental issues, the economy, business, and social and cultural issues in the Big Apple. See more photos from their collection on Newscom.
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