MaxGravy wrote:This has got to be fake news, right?
California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic StrawsIan 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.
According to the National Park Service (why them I don't know) we use 500 million straws per day. There is an attempt to get away from plastic straws, which are not recyclable, and use this finite resource for things that last longer than it takes to drink a soda or whatever.
For some reason, many of these straws end up in the oceans. A video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in the nose helped spur some action.
The "Strawless in Seattle" campaign saved 2.3 million plastic straws in about 3 months by helping businesses and restaurants switch to a paper straw that biodegrades. The CA law is likely meant to avoid plastic straws, though it doesn't seem to say that.
http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/14/world/pla ... index.html