California AB 1884 would punish waiters with 6 months jail for giving customers an unrequested plastic straw

The State of California has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. — nearly one out of five residents is poor. The state also has a pension debt that’s the largest in America — of $610.3 billion in 2013, or $4,425 for every man, woman and child in the state.

But the Majority Leader of California’s State Assembly, pretty-boy Ian Calderon, 32, who calls himself a Democratic-Socialist, thinks what is really important is to concoct a new law that criminalizes restaurant waiters giving customers an unasked-for plastic drinking straw.

Calderon has introduced Assembly Bill 1884 to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon’s law, it will be a crime for a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

AB 1884 states:

This bill would prohibit a food facility, as specified, where food may be consumed on the premises from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer. By creating a new crime and imposing additional enforcement duties on local health agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program….

A food facility where food may be consumed on the premises shall not provide single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer…. [A] person who violates any provision of the code to be guilty of a misdemeanor with each offense punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 6 months, or by both.

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

Christian Britschgi of Reason points out that the California cities of San Luis Obispo and Davis had already passed straws-on-request laws last year, and Manhattan Beach prohibits all disposable plastics.

The Los Angeles Times has endorsed the straws-on-request policy in an editorial, warning that “repetitive sucking may cause or exacerbate wrinkles on the lips or around the mouth.” Celebrity astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Hollyweirdo actor Adrian Grenier have appeared in videos where an octopus slaps them in the face for using a plastic straw.

The California madness has also crept up north to Seattle, where food service businesses will be forbidden from offering plastic straws or utensils beginning this July.

The actual number of straws being used is unclear. Calderon and news outlets 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.

However, Eco-Cycle is unable to provide any data to back up this number, telling Reason that it relies  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.

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 Coastal Commission during its annual Coastal Cleanup Day: a total of 835,425 straws and stirrers since 1988, or about 4.1% of debris collected.

Eco-Cycle’s “Be Straw Free” campaign—sponsored in part by reusable straw makers—urges the adoption of glass or steel straws. Because we all know how good steel smelting is for the environment.

Voleck Taing, a senior assistant to Assemblyman Calderon, said they intend to amend the bill to remove the fines.

H/t FOTM‘s CP

~Eowyn

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68 responses to “California AB 1884 would punish waiters with 6 months jail for giving customers an unrequested plastic straw

  1. this is what happens when taxpayers have to pay for a full-time legislature…

    they’ve even banned thin plastic grocery bags, but you can buy a thick plastic grocery bag to “reuse” or a reusable bag (where most have plastic as the primary component) or just keep buying thick (not thin…because thin is bad) plastic grocery bags which wind up in the ocean or landfills…the plastic industry is making huge profits from this.
    waiting for the first person to use a glass straw in a restaurant and it breaks in their mouth…lawsuit
    There is no way I would use a stainless steel straw in a restaurant…who knows how well it has been cleaned/sterilized.
    they ban plastic grocery store bags and plastic straws because they’re afraid of the impact they believe it has on the environment, but encourage illegal aliens to come and reside even though illegals use resources (water…we are in a “drought”, land, healthcare, education), defecate on sidewalks (exposing people to hepatitis and other diseases/infections) and have increased the homeless population…yeah, it all makes sense.

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    • Overall, this is just more attempts to control EVERY ASPECT OF EVERYONE’S LIFE. Why are people allowing it? They need to butt out and they need to remind them of who they are and who they’re supposed to work for.

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      • lophatt . . . . . Amen to that! These intrusive laws are the bane of all citizens.

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        • In the 60’s I was taking classes at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. One of our assignments was a tour of the Capitol law library. The docent was telling us that they passed on average 1,500 laws/yr. I’m sure its even more than that now.

          Just think about that. EVERYTHING is illegal or highly regulated. Who wants to live like that. I’m sure California has more laws than the USSR did at its height.

          At that time Nevada had no laws that weren’t absolutely necessary. They did much better that way. This is due to a mindset that says “anything that annoys me must be illegal”. There is a willing parasite to champion any repressive law any idiot can dream up.

          What an irony that those who escaped the East to come West for freedom found California.

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          • lophatt .. .. .. .. You are absolutely correct, Liberals really do have “a mindset that says ‘anything that annoys me must be illegal’,” Unfortunately, for the rest of us folks, they are altogether good at getting all these laws passed, regardless of how other citizens feel.

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        • Hadenoughalready

          This is their slimy way of getting EVERYONE into the “system”. Once there, they’ll know everything the NSA does, or will, and therein lies their ultimate control. It’s a lead-up to the Mark.

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        • Glad that’s only a STATE law.
          I can just imagine the scene in jail;”I’m here for stealing plastic bags from a little grocery store. What’re YOU in for?” “Straw violation,second offense.”

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    • MomOfIV . . . . Bravo, you covered that completely! Having the various State Legislatures sit in session year round, just causes the implementation of more and more asinine legislation.

      I would certainly think that putting the breaks on illegal migration might just be the ticket . . . at least that is the thinking of those of us who are sane.

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    • Excellent comments. I guess we could find a manufacturer that makes paper straws again. By all means let’s bank this whole mess on one nine year old boy. he isn’t taking into consideration some people never see a straw in this country. We use maybe one a week.
      They want to know where all this plastic comes from they should start with China. They are one of the largest abusers and polluters out there. They have traced trash across the oceans back to them and even Japan. And cruise ships. I used to walk the beach everyday and pick up trash and a large portion came from them and even containers lost at sea.
      We are all in this world, but some don’t love it.
      But to fine a person for offering a straw, they may be in for a large battle ahead.

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  2. What will they do if an illegal alien hands out a straw? Are they a sanctuary straw state?

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  3. One thing is for sure: California politicians really suck!

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  4. It’s a race to see who can destroy their respective ‘zone’ for the ZOG first. So far Brown’s “winning”.

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  5. So now they have to hire lawyers to be in the restaurants so if someone wants a straw they have to be photographed finger printed and a back ground check then a request will be sent in by the waiter for a straw. How many lawsuits will be instituted by this stupid law wasting tax payers money and making a mockery of our courts. Dear Lord save us from the PC devil that is running amuck among us.

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  6. When the Lord destroys California, there will shouting and dancing in the streets of America.

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  7. Hadenoughalready

    Imagine that – now they have “Straw Police”. I wonder what’s next for them…?

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    • Hadenoughalready . . . . can you imagine if the citizens are allowed to report these “egregious lawbreakers ?” This is so stupid, I just do not see how they can implement and police this particular law, without enlisting the public to be an army of “Straw Police.” Isn’t that rather like the Nazi’s wanting to enlist their citizens in “reporting infractions by fellow citizens?”

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      • Hadenoughalready

        It is exactly like that of the Nazis, Auntie.
        Remember Luke 12:53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

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      • Auntie,it can’t be any harder than enforcing Nevada’s new law,where I can’t let my friend borrow my gun at the range unless we both go to a Gun dealer,file paperwork and get Background checks done and approved,and I hand him the gun. The next day,we have to do the same drill so he can give my gun back to me. THAT is Nevada LAW now. The same procedure applies if he wants to BUY my gun. Failure to comply would mean a Criminal Record,loss of all my guns and I’d be ineligible to ever own a gun again. Fortunately Nevada’s Sheriff Departments don’t have the personnel to enforce this stupid law (THEIR words,and mine as well) so there’s little risk unless they catch me on this while I’m committing ANOTHER crime.

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    • Well, they’ll just transfer over from the “Vegetable Police” now that weed is “legal”.

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  8. Well, they have a law against cow farts too.

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  9. They are…..The Antichrist!

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  10. Again, what we are witnessing in the case of California is the INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS. The Twilight Zone has come off the boob tube and infected its Governor! As well as its politics and halls of power! Its unions and its businesses! Its schools and its hospitals! Amen, Amen, I say unto Thee, it has trickled down to THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES!

    Six months in jail for a plastic straw! Yet not one cent of fine for public defecation on a sidewalk! I could go on and on, but I think we all get the idea. This is the result of eugenic programming with—I’ll say it again—its EXTINCTION PROTOCOLS—and it is the result of something else, too. That something else is New Age Thinking with worship due to GAIA.
    Jerry Brown, Wherefore Art Thou? Ye have come to possess California!

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  11. And these asshats are paid well for all of the time they waste.

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  12. When I first read this story yesterday, I thought I had accidentally swerved into the Onion.

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  13. “The Los Angeles Times has endorsed the straws-on-request policy in an editorial, warning that “repetitive sucking may cause or exacerbate wrinkles on the lips or around the mouth.”

    Are they trying to harm the California cosmetic industry?

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    • Every law they pass is a trade-off,maybe a transfer of wealth (To the STATE)

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    • Well, they should know. Few “suck” as badly as they do.

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    • In health articles I’ve read over the years, drinking through (glass or steel) straws is recommended as a way to keep your teeth white (if drinking coffee or other teeth-staining liquids). Surely the vain citizenry of (at the least) Hollywood, California, wouldn’t want stained teeth — nor wrinkles, so which will they choose? Horrors for them, such a big FORK in the road, lol. I guess the answer would be, which is cheaper? A teeth-whitening session or botox injections in their upper lips? Ha!

      (I considered buying glass or steel straws some years ago, plus the tiny little “straw brush” they sell with them for cleaning. Ehhh, what a hassle so I didn’t bother. Since you can’t see through steel, you’d never know if it was really clean unless you bleached it or soaked it in hot water for a long time.)

      Glenn mentioned a return to paper straws, which is what I was thinking, since they are “bio-degradable” but then again, more trees would have to be felled for that cause, & the greenies would revolt about that.

      Someone should invent straws made out of some kind of food. Drink through it & then eat it, lol. That way we won’t have to worry about being slapped by an octopus, crazy!

      Will the plastics barons sue California for loss of revenue due to their Straw Law? That would also be a hoot.

      Re: not being offered normal things at a restaurant unless you ask, back in the 1970s we visited Catalina Island off the S. Calif. coast. Evidently they have a constant water problem there, so no glass of water was ever provided UNLESS you specifically asked for it. No biggie to me. Not sure if it was a law or just SOP.

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      • Well, I had to go ask google if there were “edible straws” invented yet. Evidently yes! (but the article quoted that 500 MILLION plastic straws used per day fake-figure!)

        It said in the Old South they used ryegrass straws for mint julips (how about that!) but they would get soggy. Then later paper straws, & it wasn’t until the 1960s that plastic straws arrived on the scene (& now they are ALL in the ocean, of course, lol).

        So what food are they using for the edible straws? Something I thought about but thought it would also get soggy > SEAWEED!

        “The straws are made from a new seaweed-based material that’s more like plastic … but can be made with a flavor or with added nutrients … It ‘really feels like plastic,’ says cofounder…”
        https://www.fastcompany.com/40502404/after-you-finish-your-drink-you-can-eat-this-new-edible-straw

        Notice they called it a “material” & not a food. Not sure I want to eat “material” after drinking through it. It’s also compostable if you don’t want to eat it. I’d like to see ALL the ingredients. I wonder if it has carrageenan in it (which I read about earlier today). Supplement softgels are made with that , plus it is in many foods, but it is known to cause intestinal inflammation & worse gut problems.

        ~~~

        The UK also has an edible straw made by, guess who, a disposable-PLASTICS company (small world!):

        “…edible straws from Herald Plastic … the straws are made with sugar, water, corn starch, bovine jelly, carboxymethyl cellulose stabiliser, glycerin humectant, and aromas. They’re free from allergens but do contain 7g of sugar per straw…” They will last in a drink about 40 minutes before getting soft/soggy:
        https://www.foodbev.com/news/disposable-packaging-company-invents-range-of-edible-straws/

        I’ll pass on those ingredients!

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      • I rather think that the kerfuffle about drinking straws is just that. The main idea is to get us used to being totally controlled. Everything from dental floss to mustache wax must be “approved” by the Central Committee. Sound familiar?

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        • Yes, & they ruined dental floss, too. Now it’s all very thin stringy crap. There used to be a thicker/wider type unwaxed floss in mint flavor I loved, but then it seemed to disappear, I never could find it after that. Shopping these days basically sucks. Nothing stays the same. Whatever great product any company initially made a killing on, then they go & change it & ruin it. It’s so retarded!

          Maybe that’s what the scripture means where it says the love of money causes people to stab themselves all over with many pains (since they are never satisfied with their good product & its profits, they think they can make MORE money by changing it, but the changed product turns out to be a FLOP so they LOSE money. Haha, stab away!)

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  14. Just when my weary mind thinks it’s heard the last of the new Eternal Insanities, BOOM!, a new one comes along. It may be that we’ll soon be required to take measured breaths, to ensure that no one breathes ‘too deeply’ and takes more than one’s share of recycled air.

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    • Joseph . . . . the way things are evolving around here . . . that is not so out of the question. I can hardly wait to see the equipment they will strap on us to record our “measured breaths.”

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      • You may be eerily right, Auntie Lulu: In England (I think it’s England) they’re already testing a device that will measure and filter COW FARTS. Seriously!

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        • A genocide of cows is probably being planned as we speak, due to their methane-gas-filled flatulence eroding the ozone layer & heats up the environment “23 times more than carbon dioxide” (per the libs results at google search). “Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles.”

          Poor babies! I’ve read it’s the crap grains they feed cows that is causing their gas problems whereas they are grass ruminants by nature.

          Another fork-in-the-road dilemma for the libs+ greenies: Shall we kill the cows to save our climate from “heating up” & protect the “ozone layer”? Or shall we keep the cows & “destroy our planet”? (Idea: Kill yourselves so you don’t have to worry about it & we don’t have to listen to you any more, lol!)

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    • Hadenoughalready

      Be careful, Joseph. With these morons, insanity is a virtue to be exploited. For them, there is NO low.

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  15. why don’t he introduce a bill to outlaw plastic straws

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  16. What about the hospitals? The nurses usually bring one with the drink, it makes it so much easier to drink in those horrible hospital beds! I suppose they will fine them too!

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  17. There are biodegradable paper straws.

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  18. Check out this guys channel (grindal61) on YouTube. He keeps up with all of the Agenda 21 madness going on in Southern California and attends and videotapes city council meetings. Here’s a revealing video on “Pretty Boy” Calderon, who thinks California belongs to illegals.

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    • Thanks. Here you have government officials saying that illegals are as “American” as anyone else, meaning, that they are “citizens”. They are not. If these clowns went to Mexico they would not be treated so kindly.

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  19. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:

    And exactly who is going to monitor this “no unwanted straws” statute? I have an idea on that. Majority Leader of California’s State Assembly, Ian Calderon. Simply create a new enforcement division … say …. The Dept of Straw Enforcement, in a California government that is so broke already, and give him the task of monitoring all the straw activity along with doing a mandatory straw count at each and every location and balance that with a personal inspection of all the landfills for another fact gathering mission to document all the straws that end up there. Just a possible solution. The other would be to look him straight in the eye and ask… “WTF are you thinking!?”

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  20. I would assume, with such a ridiculous and stupid law, this idiot is trying hard to make a name for himself. According to reports his family bribes and steals and this guy is going after innocent people who hand out straws while doing their job??? After doing a minute of research I found out that he is a member of the “powerful and rich” Calderon family. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-assemblyman-ian-calderon-faces-fines-for-not-disclosing-income-20141107-story.html. These guys are all crooks! http://graphics.latimes.com/calderon/

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  21. I entered a contest and first prize was a week in California. Second Prize was two weeks in California.

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  22. Idiot Calderon, sorry Ian Calderon, now retracts and claims AB1884 is not a ban. Rather it just raises awareness! He says it’s not a crime, yet there is potential for jail time or fine….THOSE ELEMENTS MAKE IT A CRIME…has this dummy even looked up the penal code definition of a crime? And he is an elected assemblyman? What’s next, society will have to deal with illegal sales of straws near restaurants? Mexican cartels will smuggle truck loads of illegal straws? Of all the critical issues we have in this failed state and society, this communist has his attention on straws! This is why good folks are fleeing this state and moving to AZ, NV and TX…and I’ll be in trail very soon. These libtards have ruined what used to be a beautiful state.

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