California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws

California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws, by Christian Britschgi.

Ian Calderon wants restaurateurs to think long and hard before giving you a straw.

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.

“We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans,” Calderon explained in a press release.

Reader Stephen Harper notes:

It’s a source of never-ending wonder to me what passes for reality in the Altered State (California). If the Monty Python crew had dished up this stuff back in their heyday people would have laughed at them!

For a bit of fun why don’t we compare this straw-in-a-teacup fantasy to the very sad case of murdered Katie Steinle and her killer Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. Good ‘ol Jose, a violent perpetual illegal immigrant, pointed his gun at poor Katie on a San Francisco pier in July 2015 and shot her dead. Apparently, the gun went off ‘accidentally’.

Those anti-gun folk in California were very understanding of unlucky Jose’s predicament and acquitted him of murder. After all, he was just trying to make his way in the wonderful Sanctuary City of San Francisco when a gun he ‘found’ ended up in his hand and just went off.

Jose got 16 months (plus) for his travails. But serve a straw without asking and you get six whole months in the slammer.

That makes Katie’s life worth about 2.67 straws. Oh wait! We’re in the California, the Land of Make Believe. My bad.