Thursday, July 26, 2018

Criminalizing Soda Straws

There is a proposed bill in the California House that would make it a crime to give a restaurant patron a straw unless the patron specifically requests one. Each instance would be punishable by 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Leaving aside the costs associated with incarceration and the availability of jail space for the offending wait staff, The larger issue is the ongoing criminalization of activities performed by non-criminals regular people everyone.
“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for me to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed or enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt.” --Ayn Rand
UPDATE 26 July 2018 22:31 [Borepatch]: Release the memes!




And there's more where that comes from ...


7 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

The number of soda straws they use in their determination to pass this bill was made up by a 9 year old for a science project. And the vast majority of the straws in the ocean come from Asia, anyway.

LindaG said...

Never mind the physically disabled person who needs a bendable straw that won't disintigrate on them.

drjim said...

It's just soooooo nice to be OUT of that liberal paradise.....

Rick C said...

That half a billion a day number doesn't even pass the smell test. Every single person in the US uses about one and a half straws a day?

The Lab Manager said...

I'm ok with some encouragement to not use as many plastic straws since most people are too stupid to dispose of trash properly. I don't care to use them if I'm at a restaurant and can do without. But making it a crime is way over the top.

Murphy(AZ) said...

This reminds me so much of the song "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie.

When they asked what I was in for, I told them "Passing out plastic straws,"

And they all moved away from me on the Group W bench.

"Have you rehabilitated yourself?"

LSP said...

Heh. The Straw Jihad.