California AB 1884 to punish restaurants with fine and prison sentence 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.
According to Christian Britschgi, assistant editor of Reason, on January 25, 2018:

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.

Britschgi quotes AB 1844:

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 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.

Update (August 4, 2018):

At the time when Reason‘s Christian Britschgi reported on AB 1844, he stated that “Voleck Taing, a senior assistant to Assemblyman Calderon, said they intend to amend the bill to remove the fines.”
Since January 2018, AB 1844 has been amended four times — on February 5, April 16, April 30, and June 27. The current, 4-times amended version of AB 1844 no longer punishes violators with a prison sentence; it also reduces the maximum annual fine to $300. However, AB 1844 still criminalizes violators, contrary to Calderon’s and Snopes‘ denial.
As of the most recent amended version, AB 1844 now reads:

This bill would prohibit a food facility, as specified, where food may be consumed on the premises, from providing single-use plastic straws, as defined, to consumers unless requested by the consumer. The bill would specify that the first and 2nd violations of these provisions would result in a warning and any subsequent violation would be an infraction punishable by a fine of $25 for each day the food facility is in violation, but not to exceed an annual total of $300. The provisions would be enforced by the same officers authorized to enforce the California Retail Food Code. By creating a new crime and imposing additional enforcement duties on local health agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

~Eowyn

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MomOfIV
MomOfIV
2 years ago

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… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  MomOfIV

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.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

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

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

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… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

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.

Hadenoughalready
Hadenoughalready
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

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.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

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.”

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

“Who’s that guy that just left? Oh, he killed a gringo after raping her in front of the elementary school. He’s illegal!”.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  MomOfIV

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.

CP
CP
2 years ago
Reply to  MomOfIV

❤️

Glenn47
Glenn47
2 years ago
Reply to  MomOfIV

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… Read more »

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

So THAT makes it only a HALF stupid law….

Glenn47
Glenn47
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Sad, so an illegal committing a violent crime gets a lesser sentence. I am curious as to what some of judges think of this asinine law they want to pass.

DCG
Admin
DCG
2 years ago

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

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  DCG

They give them a scholarship and a year’s worth of Starbucks.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Put ’em in the raffle to be the next Mayor of Bakersfield?

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

All expense paid trip to Delano.

Maryaha
2 years ago

One thing is for sure: California politicians really suck!

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago

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

Brian Heinz
Brian Heinz
2 years ago

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.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  Brian Heinz

Brian . . . . Amen to that!

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Brian Heinz

Seriously. I can see them coming up with a form for patrons to complete lest they be accused of supplying unrequested plastic straws. The thing is, they don’t even find this appalling.

Tim Shey
2 years ago

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

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim Shey

Tim Shey . . . . I must confess, I do believe that you are correct in that assessment !

Hadenoughalready
Hadenoughalready
2 years ago

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

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago

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?”

Hadenoughalready
Hadenoughalready
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

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.”

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

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… Read more »

Sunrise Sally
Sunrise Sally
1 year ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

Wow. And in Arizona we see ads mocking the border wall. It ends with “don’t fence me in.” Very ironic that NV is purporting to be free with draconian laws like that. I blame Harry Reid whether it’s his fault or not. I’m sure he did something wrong that directly affects NV.
I agree with – “where is the outrage???” Whose country is this anyway?

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago

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

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago

Well, they have a law against cow farts too.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

lophatt . . . . I want to go on the record right now . . . I do not want to be enlisted to be on the enforcement team to monitor “cow farts!!! I have other more important things in my life to do. . . like watch the wall paper dry.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

It probably pays $100K/yr. They can set you up with a poppy-suit and a gauge. They probably just add it to the farmer’s milage charge every month.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

…or watching GOLF.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago

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They are…..The Antichrist!

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

lophatt . . . . that is amazing! Thank you for the chuckle.

stevenbroiles
2 years ago

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… Read more »

Brian Heinz
Brian Heinz
2 years ago
Reply to  stevenbroiles

»SPOT ON«

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  stevenbroiles

Use a plastic straw, go to jail. Murder a citizen in cold blood in broad daylight, become a celebrity (if you’re illegal).

Chuck Fasst
2 years ago

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

Dave
Editor
Dave
2 years ago

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

DCG
Admin
DCG
2 years ago

“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?

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  DCG

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

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  DCG

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

TPR
TPR
2 years ago
Reply to  DCG

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”… Read more »

TPR
TPR
2 years ago
Reply to  TPR

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 >… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  TPR

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?

TPR
TPR
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

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… Read more »

josephbc69
2 years ago

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.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  josephbc69

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.”

stevenbroiles
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

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!

TPR
TPR
2 years ago
Reply to  stevenbroiles

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”… Read more »

Hadenoughalready
Hadenoughalready
2 years ago
Reply to  josephbc69

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

True George
2 years ago

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

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  True George

We can turn that over to The Ministry of Silly Walks”.

MD realtor
MD realtor
2 years ago

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!

greenworxx
greenworxx
2 years ago

There are biodegradable paper straws.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  greenworxx

Yeah,but THEN they’d have to duke it out with the Tree-huggers,unless they used recycled paper,which-just ICK!!!

Miche
Miche
2 years ago

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.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qKVSj9qqMz8#

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Miche

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.

bzerob
2 years ago

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… Read more »

Diane Wilson
2 years ago

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. https://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! https://graphics.latimes.com/calderon/

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
2 years ago

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

True American
True American
2 years ago

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!… Read more »

T.D.
T.D.
2 years ago

This guy should not only be yanked out of office, but charged with fraud ,waste and abuse of taxpayer funds. Using fictional unverified data as usual democrat practice , charge him with whatever’s the longest jail
Term . Also Audit his bank accounts for however long he has been in office as he is taking bribes from someone.

Stan Portigal
Stan Portigal
2 years ago

The 6 months prison time is a hoax. It is derived from the wording of a Santa Barbara ordinance proposal which described a misdemeanor, except that was the default misdemeanor penalty. It is doubtful if the final mark-up of the Santa Barbara ordinance will have a prison term. But back to AB-1884. (AB-1884 is the anti-“Forced Straw” bill). I doubt if AB-1884 would penalize giving out straws by accident. The bill itself is more instructive. AB-1884 says 1st and 2nd violations are Community Service … No wait, 1st and 2nd violations are written into the bill as “given a warning”.… Read more »