Sunday, January 28, 2018

California Bill Would Jail Waiters Who Offer Plastic Straws

A California state Democrat is introducing state legislation that would punish waiters who gave customers an unsolicited plastic straw. The restaurant employee would face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Here is California Majority Leader's press release.

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Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) introduced Assembly Bill 1884 this week, a measure that calls upon dine-in restaurants to have a straws-upon-request policy.

"We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans," stated Majority Leader Calderon. "AB 1884 is not ban on plastic straws. It is a small step towards curbing our reliance on these convenience products, which will hopefully contribute to a change in consumer attitudes and usage." Plastic is a material that lasts forever, yet 33 percent of all plastics are used just once and thrown away. Only 9% of all plastics are recycled, but due to their small size and lack of a resin code, no straws are ever recycled. After their one-time use, non-biodegradable plastic straws often end up in our oceans and waterways where they break down into smaller, micro-size pieces that are discarded into our environment. They are oftentimes mistaken as food by marine life.

An estimated 500 million straws are used in the United States every day. This number is enough to fill over 127 school buses each day and is calculated to be about 1.6 straws per person in the U.S. In a summary of all trash collected as part of California's Coastal Cleanup Day between 1989 and 2014, straws and stirrers rank as the 6th most common item collected. AB 1884 is a step toward lowering these alarming figures and is a simple way for consumers to change their plastic use behavior.

Comments

This is what happens in a one-party state. There's no effective counterweight to crazy ideas by an opposition party.

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-28 10:41 AM

Sure punish the poor server. Why not a tax on straws that way the actual consumer pays.

#2 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-01-28 10:54 AM

After finding thousands of them in many beach and mangrove cleanups, I'm quite anti-plastic straw and so I'm for servers not dropping a handful on the table to complement a table's drinks. Finding them though...idk

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-01-28 10:59 AM

S/b, I'm not sure whether fines* against the individual waiter is the best course of accomplishing the objective in this situation.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-01-28 11:01 AM

The 500 million straws used per day number is fake news. The number was made up by a nine year old and never verified. Plastic bags on the other hand, are the work of the devil.

#5 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-28 11:38 AM

This is the last straw.

#6 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-28 11:50 AM

The 500 million straws used per day number is fake news.

True. That's probably how many are manufactured... who knows how many are used?

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-28 12:03 PM

A car antenna will work.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-28 12:10 PM

The challenges of managing 30 million people in a small concentrated area.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-28 12:33 PM

Straws suck.

#10 | Posted by cbob at 2018-01-28 12:46 PM

I am 50. Didnt there used to be paper straws?

#11 | Posted by visiter at 2018-01-28 12:49 PM

Straws suck.

Posted by cbob at 2018-01-28 12:46 PM | Reply

Straws don't suck. You suck it just sits there.

#12 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-28 01:07 PM

This is what happens in a one-party state. There's no effective counterweight to crazy ideas by an opposition party.

#1 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Nulli,
This has nothing to do with 1 party controlled States. Bills may be introduced by either party even where 2 party states are concerned.

I'm sure that your sentiment includes Red States and the Federal gubmnt also. The bill has simply been introduced, not passed; it will be discussed in open hearings and likely amended prior to passage.

Lots of good laws have originated as a bill with flaws. The process assumes that crafting and fine tuning will be done.

#13 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-28 01:08 PM

Straws don't suck. You suck it just sits there.

You are correct. I have a safe full of straws and not one of them has run out by itself and sucked anything.

#14 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-28 01:33 PM

Poor deranged Nullifried.

Cannabis, when used correctly, is supposed to make you more introspective not hateful.

We have 6 political parties in California.

The bill is being introduced for debate. It's not even close to being voted on. And may never get a vote in its current form.

Like OWS said.

So.

Please.

Try not to panic and don't forget your towel!

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-28 01:55 PM

The real problem is high capacity straw dispensers, no one needs fifty straws at once.

#16 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-28 02:23 PM

Wing ding arm flapping intensifies.

#17 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-28 02:52 PM

So it is only going to punish the men servers, nice! Now it is the "last straw"

#18 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-01-28 10:53 PM

One-party state?

Someone's willful ignorance is showing.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-28 10:57 PM

The nanny state st its finest.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-29 06:36 AM

Maybe Rcade can fine DR members when one makes a straw man argument. He'd be a millionaire in no time.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-29 06:37 AM

I rarely use and never ask for straws. When I get one in my drink, I remove it. When / if I get another round I make it a point to say no straw, please. It would feel weird if the server asks "would you like a straw with that?" But maybe that's where we're headed. Agreed that fining the waiter would suck. I imagine it would be the establishment that gets fined. 1000 bucks a pop is difficult to swallow.

#22 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-01-29 07:40 AM

That's it, get the minimum wage waitress/waiter, they're easy targets. What's worse straws in landfills or BP's DELIBERATE unsafe management decisions. Nobody went to prison for the disaster that soiled coastlines from Texas to Florida, killed nearly a dozen people, and was an environmental disaster that brings with it never-before-seen longterm consequences to previously pristine beaches and marine life.

It isn't just Trump that needs to have their head examined.

#23 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-29 09:17 AM

This is what happens in a one-party state. There's no effective counterweight to crazy ideas by an opposition party.

#1 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Wow. Did I miss something? Did they pass it?

No? It was a bill introduced by one dude likely to appease a constituent that will never go anywhere?

Oh so its just Nulli being Nulli. Got it.

#24 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-29 10:03 AM

--It was a bill introduced by one dude

The majority leader.

#25 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-29 10:07 AM

John Wayne never would've used a damn straw.

#26 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2018-01-29 01:28 PM

California should jail waiters that tell others they need tips. This ain't Alabama.

#27 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-29 01:48 PM

I say DEATH to these waiters!! Slow agonizing inhumane DEATH!! Death by Magumba!!

#28 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-29 02:27 PM

They should have to register with their local government so we all know who they are too. Let's get tough on crime and criminals!

#29 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2018-01-29 03:47 PM

Why not address the slobs that litter.

Why do folks litter ? No pride in their surroundings? Are they poor? Are they from shitholes?

Use free excess plastic grocery bags to collect your litter.

Maine state parks have no refuse cans....bring out what you brought in.

Duty now for the future

#30 | Posted by mutant at 2018-01-29 06:03 PM

Did I miss something?

Probably

Did they pass it?

Does it matter? You don't even say its a stupid idea, so you agree with it.

In what kind of tyrannical view would a party have to even propose such oppressive gestapo laws?

Trump proposed limiting illegal immigration, was it passed? NO but there you snowflakes are melting in the streets..

It was a bill introduced by one dude likely to appease a constituent that will never go anywhere?

Prove it......

As Nullli points out its the Majority leader.

It says an incredible amount about the way Democrats operate. Instead of actually banning Straws or Taxing them, they come out with a law to throw in jail some poor waiter making $15 an hour for suggesting the person might like a straw, an act of kindness if you will. Much like Democrats have outlawed in San Jose passing out dinners to the homeless.

Watch what Liberals in California do, not what they say....

Seriously, the party of the working man is the Democratic party? How can you say that with a straight face.

#31 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-01-29 07:11 PM

"Watch what Liberals in California do, not what they say...."

Well, we watched what Republicans did out there and it was an economic disaster. The state does seem to be operating much more soundly under Democratic rule.

#32 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-30 09:33 AM

--It was a bill introduced by one dude
The majority leader.

#25 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

And that's one dude right? Or are you so drunk you are seeing double?

#33 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-30 11:53 AM

Can we all agree it's a stupid bill undeserving of consideration?

#34 | Posted by cbob at 2018-01-30 11:55 AM

As Nullli points out its the Majority leader.
It says an incredible amount about the way Democrats operate. Instead of actually banning Straws or Taxing them, they come out with a law to throw in jail some poor waiter making $15 an hour for suggesting the person might like a straw, an act of kindness if you will. Much like Democrats have outlawed in San Jose passing out dinners to the homeless.
Watch what Liberals in California do, not what they say....
Seriously, the party of the working man is the Democratic party? How can you say that with a straight face.

#31 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Do you know how state government works? This kind of thing is done constantly.

Citizen writes Representative about issue. Rep puts in bill for citizen. Rep writes Citizen that they introduced a bill on their behalf. Bill goes nowhere and dies in committee.

This is literally a basic tenant of state government. It's literally so commonplace that I'm appalled you aren't aware of it.

Because you and Nulli are way too lazy to research what the actual intent is, you can read it here: www.usatoday.com

#35 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-30 11:56 AM

If Trump gets his way, being a waiter or waitress could become a whole lot less appealing:

The Trump administration is trying to pass a rule that would allow employers to take billions from their employees' earned tips

The Department of Labor has proposed a new regulation that would allow businesses to collect tips earned by their employees and either redistribute them to non-tipped workers or keep them as part of their own profits.

The proposal -- a win for the powerful National Restaurant Association -- has outraged critics, and a new report from the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute found it would transfer $5.8 billion per year from workers to employers, with nearly 80% of these tips taken from female workers.

www.businessinsider.com

#36 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-30 12:07 PM

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