March 8th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

Prepping for NYC’s ban on large sugary drinks

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – The term 'nanny state' can be heard echoing throughout New York City as the ban on large size sugary soft drink goes into effect next week.

Some businesses are figuring out ways to work around the ban.

[1:08] “What I don’t understand is this, they don’t want me to put a carafe of let’s say tonic or ginger ale, unless it’s diet, out which a carafe is a liter. But I can have ten 16 ounce bottles of it out on the same table,” said Paul Seres who runs the DL Restaurant and Lounge in New York City.

Eric Levine and his family own ten Dallas BBQ restaurants throughout the city. Twenty ounce drinks are popular items on the menu.

[3:17] “It could cost us tens of thousands of dollars for replacing glassware in ten restaurants. We’re not a chain; we’re a family run business. We’re not a large corporation. So it will take effect and we’ll absorb the cost and try not to trickle it down to our customers,” said Levine.

Dunkin Donuts is handing out flyers informing customers that they will still be able to buy some large and extra-large drinks. But, people will have to add their own sugar afterwards.

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  1. Dip 264

    NYC is making the right move. They need to push further and start banning certain foods as well. I am tired of people not caring about their health and then expecting society to bail them out when they are sick or dealing with a chromic problem. Save the healthcare resources for the people who deserve them, not the undiscplined/lazy/ignorant.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • crazyvermont

      and I'm sure you're at top of list deserving. Perhaps, they should save for your lobotomy

      March 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • wgaw345q234

      kill yourself

      March 9, 2013 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      you left out the "Shit" between Dip and 264

      March 9, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. anb740

    The way I see it, the people of NYC elected this idiot. So they need to just sit back, shut up and "take their medicine." (but do so with a large glass of water per Nanny Bloomberg)

    March 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BKoh

    What is the guy talking about glassware smoking? You don't need to buy new glasses in order to put less in a glass.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • svscnn

      I was thinking the same thing. Four ounces of ice and they're good to go. They're probably putting more ice than that in already.

      March 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cat

    should ban allowing those on SNAP (food stamps) purchasing sugar cereals etc. I saw a woman's cart and there wasn't a healthy piece of fruit in it –it was just junk food and she then toldme that all 4 of her chldren were obese and diabetic just like she was - heck they'll be dead before they're 30 - I urged her to ask her MD to send her to a nutritionist to explain to her good nutrition for those kids at least.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret s

      Hah i think this is hilarious. But i'm seriously allergic to aspartame so hopefully water will be available in large quantities. As allergies are on the rise. i'm sure i won't be the only one who CAN NOT have anything Diet from Snapple to diet soda.

      March 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • svscnn

        Sucralose... Stevia...

        March 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David

    lol you people gave him te power. If everyone simply said, escuse me F$%# you, thank you. Enough people do you really think this would stick? If you accept this mark then other freedoms are only a bit away from being taken. It starts with small things like what to drink or eat, and ends with big things like, what you can study in school what religion you have to be. I say f$%# Bloomberg and the horse he rode in on.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelloge

      I have never hear a better comment outlining the plain and simple fact the most Americans have forgotten and that is that these idiots work for us, not the other way around. It's sad that the people have been conditioned to think about self and ignore the world around them.

      March 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aalo Smirth

    Why dare they take away big sodas? They must be jealous of people getting fat. We the Fat Americans should make them pay for it by removing them from office, after all we the fat Americans are majority in this country. Christie 2016!

    March 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. us_1776

    Just a Fascist plot to sell twice as many sodas !!


    March 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DC

    If you fill a 32 ounce container full of ice and then top it off with the sugary substance, how much sugary substance are you really consuming? The logic is flawed.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard Debateur

    Thank God we have liberals who care enough about us to tell us what to drink, what to eat, what insurance to buy, how much to pay in taxes. Why, without this careful guidance we would all just run all amuck with freedom of choice.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noyb

      He's a republican.

      March 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • lilyq

        He switched before running for mayor so he could win. He is a dyed in the wool democrat.

        March 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
        • Noyb

          If he has to switch to republican from democrat to win in one of the most liberal cities in the united states, I'd say he truly is a republican.

          March 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • cinecism

      Liberals tell you what to do with your sugary soda. Conservatives tell you what to do with your uterus.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • crazyvermont

        difference is supreme court says the worse of the two is allowed.

        March 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DontAsk

    Lol.....ain't that some $h!t? 🙂

    March 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Raindance

    All places should become BYOB......just let everyone bring in the biggest bottle they can purchase....CHEERS!

    March 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Crystal

    How dumb. Why can't people just take responsibility for what they put in their bodies? They're just ruining it for people who like to eat junk food occasionally. Instead of banning them, they should be taxing them.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alan

    All these restauranteurs who are whining about the extra cost of following the law should pause and think about what an unregualted market would really look like. You want to do business in the real world? Comply with flipping regulations and stop whining.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      Go flip yourself, you moron. You clearly either rely on the government for your financial support – or your mommy.

      March 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • J G

      Ah yes. This is the type of people America is producing now. People like Alan. People who say – forget freedom, that's passe. Better to let the government regulate! The government knows better than we do! (hint: they don't).

      March 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • cat

      does any one realize that beverages cost the business about a dime each so its pure profit for them? I put fresh sliced fruit in my PUR water - delish I've not consumed more thatn 1-2 sodas in the past ten years - they're nasty for the body/bones - they suck the potassium right out of the bones – but then I don't eat junk food or fast food either. I'll eat Wendy's chili and their baked potatoes (

      March 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • crazyvermont

      wow....I've rarely heard such an uneducated and moronic comment

      March 8, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cat sighting

    LOL. NY is getting just what they deserve. They are so self absorbed that they wont even stick up for themselves and tell Bloomberg to stick his drink rule up his aaaassss. Now they are allowing a terrorist to be tried as an American with American Rights. Wake up New York or you may find yourselfs smelling the smoke of another attack and you wont be able to have water over 8 ozs to wash the grit from your face.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    Prohibition, part 2. Let the smuggling begin. And oh the profit...

    March 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lt

      Ah yes, the entreprenural spirit, I love it. Stuff kool-aid packets in you pants before leaving Jersey

      March 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Pig Bodine

    As long as society expects the government to pay for all the medical complications that occur to all the members of society when they default on their responsibilities due to a diet and an attitude perverted by the grotesque over consumption of sugar drinks, the government will have the right to limit individual quantities sold for immediate consumption. So when all you lazy fatties either get healthy or pay all your medical expenses and have no other ill effects on productivity, the economy and any government assistance, then we wont need these kinds of actions from the government.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Philip

    Unfortunately most of the people who are complaining about this soda issue are the ones who proudly want marijuana illegal, cigarettes illegal, etc. It's never your concern until it's something that affects you. I am all for personal freedom. That's why I don't like it when the government tells me what I can and cannot put into my body. If you don't want them taking your soda, you shouldn't let them take away peoples marijuana.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. TARA

    If he wants this to work – he will have to also ban a thing called "REFILLS".

    And it's silly, b/c it's a general ban on 16oz containers, my work cafeteria now does not have 16oz containers which I typically fill with ice and water.

    He's playing parent and people can make their own decisions.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moose

      saw an article that stated 80% of ny highschool grads cant read well enough to get into college, might be just a little more important than sugar intake

      March 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pig Bodine

        Or be because of their sugar intake

        March 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. scmaize

    From what I have read, there is no regulation against providing free refills for drinks. So, a customer starts out with a 16 oz. drink, and then refills it if they want to drink a quart of Coke.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. realsickofit

    Does anyone really think this going to help anything??

    March 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Buster

      Only self-important, deluded individuals who think that they are somehow smarter than the rest of us.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  21. wiseup

    Government whether Federal, state,or local, has no businesstelling people what they cannot eat or drink or how much. Government are asking for smaller government, but alway big enough to tell people what they can or cannot do. But when people tell their representative or governor or local government what to do it falls on deaf ears. they are only interested in teir own agendas and to hell with you.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  22. What

    WHAT WE EAT AND DRINK NOW??? SERIOUSLY?!?! Who allowed this to happen? Surely not our soldiers who died for our freedom...

    March 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff_JT

      The government is definitely allowed to tell you what you eat and drink. We elected them to do so as their is a majority in this country that don't make the right decisions for themselves. There are no constitutional rights to drink soda or eat junk food. The government already regulates healthcare, driving, corporate behavior, finance, smoking and numerous other items. So get over it, this is going to happen in NY and then other areas. Next area we need to focus in limiting or eliminating foods that are unhealthy.

      March 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • J G

        No, they aren't.

        March 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
        • Jeff_JT

          Uh, yes they are. They do it already through the fda. So, come back when you have some truthful info.

          March 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • paul

        tyrant, terrorist, SOB... Go lick the boots of your masters you worship so much... Plenty of non New Yorkers here that disagree with your tyranny.. Don't Tread on us Nazi.

        March 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • squirk

        To give people the freedom to succeed means you must give them the chance to fail....laws regulating how much and what they consume in an attempt to shelter them from bad choices could provide a slippery slope leading to a society where people in terms of responsibility...are impotent.

        March 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • crazyvermont

        they may tell you but it shouldn't be legal and government is certainly overstepping what constitution intended

        March 8, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • wgaw345q234

        kill yourself

        March 9, 2013 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  23. barbarianofgor

    This is one of the bitter fruits of the "War on (some) Drugs" – they kept facing the argument- "You know, Pot by itself has killed about NO-One... Look at all the deaths of smoking, alcohol, even eating too much..."

    Frankly, this is right out of R.U.R. a classic science fiction play about Robots. Essentially created to help man, they went from doing our chores to confining us and limiting our enjoyment of life... Wife is crying "That Robot won't let me eat a single piece of candy!" Robot "Correct. The Candy is unnecessary for nutrition and being the slightest bit overweight proportionally takes from lifespan."

    Really, we are supposed to be FREE in America. And freedom includes the freedom to make bad choices.

    There still should be hope to get rid of this and send a message it won't be enforceable; Set up a 'test' case where there's public donations for lawyers, the ACLU at standby and a restaraunt setting themselves up. "Eat at blimpy buddy where we have the OCEAN 456 ounces of JOLT cola that comes with sealed ice packs so it doesn't get watery and you can use our CO2 to re-carbonate it!!!" Then the city comes in, gives a fine, then it's challenged. The grassroots super-educates people (outside the courthouse!) on "Jury Nullification" so they pretend they don't know about it, then use it.

    Justice or rather IN-Justice is "Justice by Points" these days. They care nothing for justice, only points from convicting. That's why business and organized crime run free while the jails are choked with nutcases and petty offenders. They try to turn a flirtatious teeny girl who plays with her cell phone into both a victim and a perpetrator. But if they saw Freddy Kruger covered with blood coming out of a daycare center they'd not try to charge him if they weren't fairly sure they'd get a conviction.

    A few nullifications, the repeal of the law will be almost overnight and it'll send a strong message not to go farther.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Bill

    It should be noted that, while the law is going to be non-effectual in resolving the problem of obesity, which costs all of us money, the argument that one can simply buy two sodas instead of one seems to miss the point. The idea, I assume, is that when presented the option, people will buy one soda instead of two, and won't opt for a second on the basis of a few ounces, reducing the calorie intake. But again, it's a stupid law, just not for the reasons many of you are suggesting, IMHO.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Dave

    When I was on food stamps I was able to buy Halloween candy and soda. I was shocked that was allowed.

    I assume that would work in NYC too. If you really want to prevent rising healthcare costs stop subsidizing junk with food stamps.

    Somewhere I saw it said that $4 BILLION of food stamp money was spent each year on sugary drinks. That is ~$80 per food stamp household, or about $7 a week, or FIVE 2-liter bottles each week!

    Start with the ridiculous entitlement programs before you control people spending their own hard earned cash!

    March 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      The reason why all the Sodas are being bough off of food stamps are because you can get $ back for recycling. If you buy canned food this does not work. $200 worth of soda at a cheap store would get you 1200 cans of soda, which recycled at 5 cents a can is $60. So if you knew how to make the most outta your money you would buy 20oz soda cans, which recycle for 10 cents. So you could spend $200 on product and get $120 back. This is my opinion on why soda is being banned in large cans.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Bill D.

    I'm so happy that we have leaders that can look out for our good because I'm totally not capable of making smart decisions on my own.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      If people are so competent to make responsible decisions that don't end up costing all of us money in tax revenue, then why are people so bad at actually employing this common sense you take to be so basic?

      March 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bill

    So many conspiracy theorists. First they take our soda; what's next?! It's a stupid law because it doesn't address serious concerns about the causes of an solutions to resolving the obesity epidemic. That said, you rednecks are embarrassing yourselves.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • davey

      \Apply your stupid comments to infant formula and you sill see that there is no end to Bloomberg's crusade. By the way Bloomberg, stay out of the political issues of individual states you a&&.

      March 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • stagger72

      Resorting to name calling eh poopy-pants? You hurt my feeling, I'm calling Mr. Bloomberg. Something has to be done!

      March 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Xman

    The US is on track to be the fatest country on the planet, and you folks are surprised or PO'd about this? Really?

    March 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • alan s

      Xman: Of course I'm surprised and PO'd about it. I'm 62 years old, physically fit, not fat, and never have been fat. So now the government will tell me how much soft drink I can buy, because other people eat too many bon-bons? Fat is bad, but I don't want the government trying to control my caloric intake. Communism is bad, too (in my eyes), but I don't want the government telling people they can't talk about it. Alcohol ruins many peoples lives, and skydiving is dangerous, but I don't want the government telling me I can't drink and can't jump. And don't even get me started on helmets for motorcyclists, and marijuana.

      March 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • iheartyou

        Amen. Right on. And hallelujah!

        March 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Agent Utah

        NOw, you are OF COURSE pro-legalizing cannabis, yes? Otherwise I am unimpressed.

        March 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED

      This is America were supposed to be free... and if their so concerned why are cigarettes still being sold in nyc ? Why not ban children being born out of wedlock ? That costs us a fortune in healthcare costs also!

      March 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ex-New Yorker

    If NYC is still collecting taxes on cigarettes, this is just a hypocritical move.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Darkseider

    Bloomberg the fascist puke. I would like to say I feel sorry for New Yorkers but seeing that they voted this clown in for a third term they got what they deserve. Tell you what to drink and how much, what to eat, etc... He should have been dragged out kicking and screaming and thrown on the street and replaced with a real mayor.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYC_Disaster

      I think the law is ridiculous but the issue on hand is that too many people shop too many people don't correlate their unhealthy living habits does play a role in rising healthcare cost in general. Also, I surprised that Bloomy didn't go for the ban of HFCS before this current ban.

      March 8, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  31. gisthatright

    You do not have the right to be fat but you can be ugly. For now.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Janet

    Love that sign on the table saying Everything is better with Bacon!! Kind of ironic isn't it? What's worse a sugary drink or a double bacon cheesburger with a side of fries?

    March 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. RJW

    To the owen of Dallas BBQ restaurants.

    You don't have to be "corporate" to own a chain of restaurants. Isn't having 10 restaurants considered a chain? And if you are complaining about glassware, then why have you managed to open up to 10 restaurants, are they not sucessful?

    And yes, I've been to Dallas BBQ's a few times, and yes, they're busy. They got my money.

    March 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Elliott Ness

    and the lambs in NYC bow down to the mighty Bloomberg without a whimper. I never would a thunk it...

    March 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. JosephS

    March 8, 2013 NY Legislative Board – Notes on recommended future "health initiatives" for citizens:

    1. City wide curfew and mandatory business closure at 8pm to allow ALL citizens a full nights rest.
    2. Mandatory nap time for all citizens between 1-2pm in order to reduce stress.
    3. Smoking only allowed 500 feet or greater outside the city limits (no brainer here)
    4. Prohibition reinstituted.
    5. All gambling limited to "penny" bets; low income families will be subsidized.
    6. Speed limits will be set to 10 mph everywhere, even on the highways.
    7. All school children will be required to wear helmets, DoT approved only
    8. All guns, knives, forks, and spoons will be banned; plastic sporks only authorized utensils.

    Next meeting at 2pm (following nap time) on March 11, 2013; topics to discuss – Increased executive powers for governor

    March 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xman

      You probably aren't far from the truth.

      But when society at large fails to do its part to reign in ridiculously high costs of healthcare and lost productivity, the government steps in to take care of it for you. And the complaining ensues.

      March 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nick Bortz

        New york used to be a city I wanted to visit.....Not any more. The laws in that state and the leadership of that state is horrible...Much like in the rest of the country. They serve us. We do not serve them. What has our nation become? And someone please bring back the dinosaurs. Natural Selection is needed again so that these stupid morons cannot procreate then run for office.

        March 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • sftommy

        The government steps in to "reduce the ridiculously high cost of health-care" by banning large cups for sweet drinks. GOP promises the same by completely eliminating healthcare for the poor and middle class. Thank you, No. But I'd be happy to tell you what's wrong with the way you're running your life!

        March 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  36. BG

    Anybody ever seen the goofy movie – Demolition Man? HAHA real funny, the dipsticks in NYC are starting to live it

    March 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darkseider

      Demolition Man or Idiocracy? Maybe a combination of both?

      March 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  37. BG

    And the jerk offs from NYC will say that the people of Georgia are dumb over "must own a gun" law.

    What a car wreck NYC is.

    March 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarcNJ

      I'm not from NYC, the people from Georgia ARE dumb over "must own a gun" law.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BothDumb

      My name says it all.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  38. stagger72

    In the very near future...
    (Drone operator): "We have a fatty hostile carrying a 48oz Mega-Gulp on W. 48th. Permission to strike."

    March 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • moleman

      transmisison uplink enabled: copy that, Circle K; 7-11; or Generic Retailer... static....... slurpee collateral damage approved. remember Attny General says NO people damage... transmission uplink disabled....

      March 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Yakman2

    Can you say our F'in GOV. micromanaging us....

    March 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Creepy guy from alley

    Pssst... c'mere... (opens coat) ...need a 20 ounce cup?

    March 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajk68

      That's good.

      March 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cya

      Guess i can't bring my pimp cup into the clubs no more

      March 11, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  41. skastenbaumcnn

    Thanks for checking out my story everyone. Some interesting points came up as I interviewed various business owners for this piece. First, there is nothing to stop anyone from buying 2 or more 16 ounce sugary soft drinks so there are serious questions as to how effective the ban will be on limiting a person's intake of sugar, specifically high fructose corn syrup. But should someone be drinking the equivalent of a full liter of soda while watching a movie? Probably not. The question is, is it the role of government to limit your selections at the concession stand. Second, there's a widespread belief among restaurant owners that the ordinance needs to be re-written because they can't serve a pitcher of soda with multiple cups at a table even if the pitcher of soda is clearly meant to be consumed by several people, not one. Third, if the problem is high-fructose corn syrup why not ban products containing it in the same way that they did away with trans fats in deep fryers at chain restaurants? One restaurant owner told me it would be much easier for him to comply with a ban on the ingredient than to deal with different sizes and figuring out what's going to be permissable.

    March 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vidkid

      See, they win by making you buy 2 drinks rather than 1 large. By getting 2 drinks, you pay more money and that's what this is really about. CapitalisticCommunism....

      March 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Fatted calf

    If the government cares so much, why don't they go after the food industry & regulate how healthy a product should be? Or better yet cut taxes on farmers?

    March 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  43. JosephS

    This is when those of us living south of the mason-dixon line get to say... "Told you so; you deserve the legislation you voted for".

    March 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Mayor Bloomburgs children

    Who cares, I'll just buy 2 -10oz drinks. After all my daddy's loaded. This only affects you poor folks.

    March 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monique

      Well if you say you are his children tell him this What is more dangerous soda drinks or CIGARETTES.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sean

        Drinking one soda a day could cause you to gain 15 pounds a year. Other related health risks include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, bowel cancer and nerve damage.

        So basically both are awful.

        March 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
        • davey

          you piss ants damage my nervous system.

          March 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • stagger72

      You probably have a soda fountain in the theatre wing if you'd just look...

      March 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Vidkid

    Communist Bloomberg is the start of a socialist system in the US, government knows what's best for you and tells you what to eat, drink, and do. If you exercise your right to choose, you are a criminal and will be considered a terrorist subject to drone strikes.

    March 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjacobson

      New Yorkers like having rich people telling them what they can and cannot do.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • stagger72

      I'm just amazed at how quickly people are to give up their rights and have the government dictate their lives to them. Sure, this is silly and ultimately no big deal. But, it's just the beginning...

      March 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  46. anon

    I haven't had a soda in over three years, I could care less

    March 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JosephS

      You should care; this is just the beginning. Stop them here or fight them later when they want to ban/limit something that directly affects you!

      March 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • stagger72

        Amen! This has NOTHING to do with soda or the stupid argument they sell to the sheep about health care costs and tax dollars. It's about the government controlling day to day lives of the populace.

        March 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff_JT

        You guys are starting to sound like all those crazy gun owners now. What's wrong with a little "sensible" legislation?

        March 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • beernpizzalover

      Same here. But if they start with soda, then who knows what's next? Ice cream, pizza?
      Most of us know that NYC could give a rat's ass about our health – it's about control!

      March 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Monique

        Same here. once they start with one thing what is next
        What is more dangerous soda drinks or CIGARETTES.

        March 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Apathy. Delightful.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      Chances are you don't vote in every election either. Does that mean you would be ok having your ability to vote taken away as well?

      March 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Proud American

        Nobody's votes mean anything today already. The Electoral College votes and is not obligated to follow the populous vote.

        March 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bankrupt1

      probably closer to thirty years for me. but i see people do it everyday. the mt dew high people.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Shane

    How illogical a ban this is! Now gov't will BE ALLOWED to tell us how much of whatever sweet drink we can have.,, Consider this when figuring LOGIC into this:

    So, they ban large sugary drinks, BUT, Dunkin Donuts, whose large drinks are now gonna be governed, can still sell all the BIG FAT SUGARY DONUTS they want?

    This is BEYOND asinine...

    March 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • iheartyou

      Could not agree more!!! This is just plain ole' stupid. So you can't buy liter of soda, but a restaurant is allowed to sell you as many 16 oz bottles as you want. This was ridiculous legislation the second I heard about it. You CANNOT regulate what people eat or drink. It's not possible. And it's stupid. All this is doing is putting an extra unnecessary burden on businesses. It will have absolutely no affect on the health of New Yorkers. People who normally drink liters of soda will still do so.... just in 16 ounce containers.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Kim

    This is so stupid. I should be able to buy whatever I want to drink. I am a healthy adult. I am thin and I eat pretty healthy most of the time. For someone to tell my I can not have a large soda is unbelievable. Thank goddness I do not live in NYC

    March 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monique

      Same thing Kim I live in Canada but if NY starts this who is to say it won';t happen in another place.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Fatted calf

    Is he going to raise the wages for waiters & waitresses, who will be doing 10 times the work refilling drinks?

    March 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • iheartyou

      Excellent point!!

      March 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ann

    Bloomberg is trying to get NY healthy and safe. What's wrong with that? We have a lot of immature people living around us, so someone has to be the parent figure. He's doing a great job. I don't want my tax dollars going to take care of people who don't want to make the choices of living healthy lives and when adults live unhealthy lives, what kind of example is that for the younger generations? if adults can't make healthy and wise choices, then I'm happy Bloomberg is there to force it on us.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      I think the part where he is a fascist jackass is what's wrong with it.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • stagger72

      Good lord...

      March 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjacobson

      Does your mother still tell you what you can and cannot do? Perhaps some of us don't need someone dictating our day to day life. In fact I detest this even though I never drink soft drinks.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      That is about the most ignorant statement I have ever heard. If the ADULTS can not take care of themselves, then the all mighty Bloomberg will rescue them...are you seriously still alive with that kind of ignorant mentality? I mean seriously. If you allow your government to determine anything and everything that you are allowed to own, consume, etc...then you need to please move out of AMERICA and go to a country where your rights are nil.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • GeorgeY

        While I agree that this is going a bit far, I sort of understand the reasoning. Imaging a person who has lived a life without concern for his/her health and develops some serious medical issues, and now cannot afford medical bills. It is not fair that the government and the tax payers will have to pick up the tab because of the person's poor decisions. I know not everyone runs to the govt for assistance, but this might be one of the reasons for the law.

        March 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
        • iheartyou

          Then this has to be applied across the board. Smoking has to be banned. 3,000 calorie burgers must be banned. Deep fried foods – banned. Excessive drinking of alcohol – banned. And I could go on and on. You can't just go around banning things that aren't good for people. That's not how a free society works. Besides, Bloomberg is stopping people from drinking a ton of soda. People who drink that much soda will continue to drink that much soda. They will just buy 2 16 ozs instead of one 32oz. Nothing will change here. This law is over-reaching, ridiculous, and will be ineffectual.

          March 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JosephS

      Ann, you must be a child because no competent adult would make such an obviously ignorant post. Do you not think an adult who wants 20 oz of soda can't figure out a way to get it? In fact, it will cause people to drink MORE soda. Instead of buying a 20 oz and being satisfied, they will have to buy 2x 16 oz, effectively getting 32 oz instead. Good plan NY.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      Ann, can you say BAA

      March 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED


      March 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sftommy

      That's the attitude that'd make adjusting to prison life easier. Welcome to your Gulag.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • alan s

      Ann: You wrote that somebody has to be the parent figure. No, Ann, you're mistaken. Adults don't need parent figures. Adults should be free to manage their own lives, and make their own bad decisions, as long as those decisions don't have an adverse impact on other people's lives. If adults want to kill themselves with tobacco and alcohol and ten cans of Coke a day, they should be allowed to do so. Adults should be allowed to smoke pot, and ride motorcycles without helmets. I think it's extremely foolish to smoke, or ride without a helmet, but that's not the point. Adults should have the right to do things that are unwise.

      It's really a sad comment on America that adult citizens support the government telling people how much sugary drink they can consume on a given occasion. Land of the free and home of the brave. How about land of the wimps and home of the nannies.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • SB

      Ann, your comment is the most asinine comment i've read.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED


      March 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cogito

      "We have a lot of immature people living around us, so someone has to be the parent figure..... if adults can't make healthy and wise choices, then I'm happy Bloomberg is there to force it on us."


      I'd LMAO at the absurdity of your comment, but your willingness to give up your rights is truly frightening, and frankly disgusts me. So you want the state to assume the role of parent once people turn 18?!?! Your mindset is antithetical to everything we stand for in this country, and I seriously hope you're one of the apathetic 40% that don't vote.

      March 11, 2013 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  51. mdc

    Atlas (and Ayn Rand) is shrugging.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  52. The Mayor of Medinah

    I hope Comrade Bloomberg ban stupidity and Gangs soon too

    March 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Josie

    Well that does it, never moving to New York again. Why? I am actually allergic to diet soda's. I've gone into seizures because of them, and I can tell (even if they don't taste it) that they are after one sip. My body just doesn't like them period. Diet Soda should be banned they are more dangerous then regular any day because your body doesn't acknowledge the fake surgar in them, so they don't do much good except for diabetics. Plus working in the fast food industry, the people that tend to get those tend to get meals with the highest sodium and calorie content. Trust me that large diet soda is not going to stop the 2000 calorie burger you just inhaled from adding weight.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monique

      Very good answer Josee. 🙂

      March 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      If you read current reports, Diet Soda contributes to diabetes more than regular soda does. It's sad, but diet sodas are worse for you than regular.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  54. 1gadawg

    I always wondered if His Highness goes home at night, enters his secret throne room, puts on some platform shoes, a robe, a crown; grabs his scepter and sits in his high chair looking out on NYC? ...things that make you go hmmmm....

    March 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Jeremy

    Wouldn't it be awesome if some random schmo just walked up out of the clear blue and punched Bloomberg right in the mouth?

    March 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  56. us_1776

    So what's to prevent someone from ordering 2 – 16 oz sodas?


    March 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurab68

      Nobody on the planet needs 8 full size cups of soda! Hell for that matter, nobody needs soda period! All it is, is a large glass of sugar with some flavoring added to it. It rots your teeth, takes much needed calcium from your body, raises your blood sugar to all time highes and just helps to increase waist lines. With obesity being at an all time high, this stuff is garbage.
      With rediculous health care costs, where does personal responsibility begin? The fact is, yes you are free to order what you want to drink, but knowing what it does to you and if you decide to drink it then don't be suprised if you land up with type II diabetes, obesity, rotten teeth and then you'll complain about the cost of your health care plan....Save your $$ and take a water instead.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • stagger72

        Thank you for deciding what everyone else needs your highness...

        March 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        In some places, the water has more bacteria than filtered soda does. In fact, if you opt for a water that's been filtered, you're paying upwards to $3 for each bottle of water. Instead of telling us what to do, try listening to yourself speak.

        March 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Last of the Jedi

        Who died and made Bloomberg lord and master of the universe?
        Being a billionaire and using his money to get his wishes?This guy needs thrown out and sent back to Soviet Russia.
        If people want to eat,smoke or drink its their rights.Not His will to push his demand on New Yorkers or any one else!

        March 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • skastenbaumcnn

        Thanks for checking out my story everyone. Some interesting points came up as I interviewed various business owners for this piece. First, there is nothing to stop anyone from buying 2 or more 16 ounce sugary soft drinks so there are serious questions as to how effective the ban will be on limiting a person's intake of sugar, specifically high fructose corn syrup. But should someone be drinking the equivalent of a full liter of soda while watching a movie? Probably not. The question is, is it the role of government to limit your selections at the concession stand. Second, there's a widespread belief among restaurant owners that the ordinance needs to be re-written because they can't serve a pitcher of soda with multiple cups at a table even if the pitcher of soda is clearly meant to be consumed by several people, not one. Third, if the problem is high-fructose corn syrup why not ban products containing it in the same way that they did away with trans fats in deep fryers at chain restaurants? One restaurant owner told me it would be much easier for him to comply with a ban on the ingredient than to deal with different sizes and figuring out what's going to be permissable.

        March 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
        • ajk68

          "Is it the role of government to limit your selections at the concession stand?"

          That this question is even being asked shows how accustomed the citizens of the US have become to giving up their freedoms.

          March 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
        • iheartyou

          Good points. And, no, the role of gov't is not to try to control what it is you eat and drink. The main problem I have with this (besides it being over-reaching, nanny-state-like, and completely ineffectual) is that it's only being applied to soda. If Bloomberg was really concerned with the health of the citizens then he needs to start tackling these restaurants and fast food chains that sell burgers that can have upwards of 2k calories, not to mention a ridiculous fat content. There's no limit on how many of those people can order. And smoking... need we even talk about smoking??? And excessive drinking.... is Bloomberg going to limit the number of alcoholic beverages you can order in a bar now? Why doesn't he go down an avenue that can actually make a difference, like the companies that make high fructose corn syrup (as you suggested).

          March 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
        • Sam

          The problem with this ban is that government is trying to "save us from ourselves". When governments do this they are no longer dealing with things that affect the REST of society (gun bans and styrofoam for example), they are now controlling what you do that affects you PERSONALLY. The implications, while perhaps further down the road, are increasing intrusion and control into the private lives of the people. He HAS to know that people understand this yet he ignores those concerns. That indicates that he does not care about what people think. When "leaders" do this, they are fast tracking to becoming dictators.

          March 9, 2013 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Monique

        Laurab68 if their is something you liked and they banned that how would you feel? Say if it is something that has an artificial sweetener or something you eat or drink has it how would you feel if they said "Sorry you can't have this anymore" Meaning THIS "replace it with something you like"

        March 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Exactly... But 2. Bloomberg just gave big corporations double the $$$ on their already 900% marked up products.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommycelt


      My quesiton is, WHAT'S THE POINT???

      March 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Scott

    Th acid in most dark sodas/pops destroy enamel on teth worse thn anything else.Cuttingn outt these liquid sugars is not only benifitalto helth and associated strains on social assited medications but keep drinkig 2 leters a day and wat your teeth fall out by the time your 40.. "buyer beware" {cant remember the latin expression}

    March 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grammar Police

      Half the words you used are miss spelled, HOLY COW. You might want to stay in school or go back, your choice bro.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        ma phingers are phat and i kant c the screen properly.....

        March 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • HP

      caveat emptor!

      March 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurab68

      caviat emptor

      March 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris From Folsom

      Shouldn't it be my choice to drink what I want when I want? Can't I eat what i want when i want? Lots of things we have access to can be harmful if you choose to engage in that bad behavior. Too much water will kill you, should we outlaw that as well? Since when has the Government been able to tell people what they can and cannot do? Wasn't it the Libs not too long ago telling us they wanted the government out of the bedroom, but now they have decided they want the government EVERYWHERE?

      March 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • John W.

        My mother called what you have "diarrhea of the mouth."

        March 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Me

        Forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't Bloomberg a Rep.(conservative)?

        March 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monique

      Yes Also the people who smoke will get cancer and the people who eat to much pie will get obese so might as well ban pies as well. (Do you like pies?)

      March 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  58. JACK


    March 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      ....Mayor Bloomberg is a Republican.... He USED to be a democrat, but he's been a Republican for quite some time...

      March 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • kacklelackle

        Regardless of his "party of affiliation", Bloomberg was, is na dalways will be a "STUPID COMMUNIST LIBERAL


        March 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jon

        Your response wasn't in all caps so I'm siding with the original poster.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        He may call himself a Republican but he's not a Republican. He's an idiot and I don't understand how the people of the great city of New York put up with kind of leadership from their mayor and council.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jane

        Actually, Mike, Bloomberg left the Republican party in 2007 and is registered as an Independent.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
        • Last of the Jedi

          He's more like a jackass!

          March 9, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Warner

      Your Republican mayor is at fault on this one. While I certainly disagree with him on many things, at least he is trying to come up with solutions to problems.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  59. jason ron

    This is absolutely insane. I mean it really boggles my mind that someone thinks they have the right to tell people how much soda they are allowed to drink.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthbetold

      I agree totally. However, it also boggles my mind that I have to pay for the health care of someone who chose to make these poor choices their whole life and now requires my tax dollars through medicare or medicaid.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • meg

        Really? so then why can you buy junk food and soda on food stamps. Boggles my mind that we are taking pleasures away from people who can afford their healthcare and buy soda with foodstamps who can't buy their own health care..hello..

        March 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • showmedamoney

        What i would like to know is how you know for a fact that your tax dollars fund medicaid ? Did have some sort of trace done on your money and can you provide us with some sort of proof ? Pleas elaborate on this some more!

        March 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Boo

    Bloomberg is an ELITIST FASCIST....as a NYer I will be dancing in the streets when he goes away FOR GOOD.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Samuel Dechter

    What a STUPID move by a local government. 1984–here we come in NYC.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  62. curlyQlink1

    Mother Bloomberg, he even looks like a nanny.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Truthbetold

    We are at an unfortunate crossroads right now. I don't like the idea of the government coming up with crazy regulations on food any more than the next person. But right now we have a situation where I and others like me are expected to pay for other people's poor health choices. So either the government (our tax dollars) regulates the health of people or you have to let them suffer the total consequence and offer no assistance when they develop diabetes, heart disease, etc. Freedoms only truly work if you have the responsibility that goes along with it. Poor choices based on freedoms with a safety net produces disastrous effects, as evidenced by our current health care cost crisis.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYC1975

      Rest Assure. governemt is still small when comes to donuts. We can still get 24 donuts loaded with sugar with that small 8oz cup of soda.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Truthbetold

        Agreed. I'm not in favor of more regulation. But it will get worse as long as people are not willing to make these changes on their own accord. Health care prices will continue to skyrocket and regulation will follow.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fatted calf

      Yet pork is in whole or part of just about every meal you buy. Smart move mayor.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • showmedamoney

      Prove your money funds medicaid !!!!!!!

      March 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  64. GeorgeBos95

    With all the recent research indicating diet drinks increase the risk of obesity, all Bloomberg has managed to do is demonstrate how myopic he can be.

    While I don't understand people's need – or ability – to drink so much liquid at once, with all the other problems in NYC you'd think ... nah. Politicians just keep showing us how they don't actually think.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • yll

      uhh, no. there is no evidence that, given otherwise comparable dietary intake and exercise regimes, diet drinks cause more obesity. i think you're confusing fat people who buy diet drinks *because* they're fat, with them being fat because of the diet drinks. cause and effect aren't interchangeable, sorry

      March 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maris

      It's not necessarily the diet soda itself that is bad for you, it's the saccharine. Your body cannot process it as well as sugar. Therefore, diet soda's are no better for you than regular sugar sodas. They do not, however, have any affect on obesity from what researchers are saying. There is inconclusive evidence of such side affects from soda vs. diet soda.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jon

        Are you drinking Tab? Diet drinks contain either asparatame or splenda.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Nick

    No sugar for New York because aspartame (a man made chemical) is so much better for your body.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  66. krehator

    Someone needs to stop that Communist running the city before he tries to make himself king.

    March 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      Actually, my clueless friend, he's a FORMER REPUBLICAN...now an independent...

      March 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Irene Demova

        Your key word being "former"

        March 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Ben

    Next they will be coming for our assault drinks. Damn you liberals!

    March 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • reallydude?

      You realize he was a republican and now an independent? Try looking things up before you spew some moronic crap next time.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Galt

        You sure are daft if you didn't realize that was a joke.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • nwg6011

      I guess Red Bull is next...

      March 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Displacedmic

    I love the irony of the Statue of Liberty looking over the Big Apple as this nonsense goes into effect.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Bill

    Frightening what is considered consitutional.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  70. rtrain

    "The term 'nanny state' can be heard echoing throughout New York City" That's funny because I live here and haven't heard that. Most of us couldn't care less. Oh and I'm sorry, but Dallas BBQ sucks something awful and deserves to lose a little money.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liam

      Agreed. Central Texas BBQ is much better. Love going there to get a feel of home when I visit relatives in the city.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • hipsters2cooltoeventhink

      Guess what? keep standing there not caring and when you do finally care about something being made illegal, you will have no power to stop it.
      I am astounded by your complacent ignorance, and I have neither the time or desire to make an attempt at getting your brain jumpstarted. I suppose you saw nothing wrong with Hilary swooping in to "lead" you people, while knowing nothing of the grassroots problems, neighborhood staples, or community practices in place at the time either?

      March 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  71. In-Deutero

    Well, cigarettes are already $15 or more a pack (cheaper to smoke illegal substances), and large sodas are the target. Next, alcohol, guns, and pretty much every one of your freedoms.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Alan

    Now everyone will overdose on chemicals from aritificial sweeteners.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  73. paginger

    I'm having so much trouble trying to decide which state is a bigger joke. New York or California. Right now i think New York is winning . Mostly for the Irony of having the statue of liberty while taking away peoples righs.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bfpiercelk

      It gets better. You're only allowed to buy 7 round magazines for a gun in NY, but if you already have 10 round magazines you can keep them as long as you only put 7 bullets in it...

      March 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaneNYCer

      Even though the ban on larger drinks is silly, they aren't taking our rights away, come'on folks. This is a similar debate to high capacity magazines for assault rifles. Having a smaller mag, or smaller drink, does NOT take away your freedom to fire the rifle or drink the damn drink. Can we address the issue of diabetes and a failing health care system please!

      March 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • hipsters2cooltoeventhink

        Yes, it is taking away rights. How can you be so stupid? You will find something you like being taken soon, but by then they will have already downsized what each vote has the power to do as well.
        You amaze me. Any people who think as you (think is a term that I will here use very loosely) deserve all they get, or all that shall be taken in this case.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        I'm with you – the sky is not falling

        March 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  74. The Angry NYer

    NEW YORK HAS GONE FROM "the Rotten Apple" To an APPLE infested with maggots and bacterial infections like "MICHAELBLOOMBERGANITIS & CUOMONIA" its sickeing ... o well FLORIDA HERE I COME

    March 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barkatyou

      Come on down, brother. It isn't perfect here, but we can eat what we want, buy what we want, and protect ourselves if we have to.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Thor

    Glad to see that you New Yorkers are too stupid to make your own decisions about what is good for you or not. I am so glad to see that New Yorkers are so stupid that they need daddy to tell them what to do. New Yorkers are so stupid that they have to elect daddy types to public office to make all of their decisions for them. Pretty soon, daddy is gonna be telling stupid New Yorkers that they can't drink "sugary drinks"!

    March 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  76. RachaelA

    Tons of people are leaving NY and moving elsewhere for a better quality of living. NC hardly has a southern accent anymore we have so many new yorkers here now but we welcome them. And they all say they would never go back to NY. Can't image why when you have people like Bloomberg and Cuomo running the show up there.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaneNYCer

      What the low crimes rates and high paying jobs don't interest you? Move to Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando........

      March 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        I live in NY (state that is), make a good salary, actually have great health care and a pension – not getting that down south –
        Most of my family and friends who went to NC or Florida did so for the weather – not the low paying jobs they ended up getting....Trust me the cost of living is all relevant – SaneNYCer u and me think alike

        March 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Mayor Bloomberg

    You're Welcome.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barkatyou

      red meat.....pending
      TV violence...pending
      video games....pending


      March 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Were you born stupid? Or did your father used to beat you?

      March 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • hipsters2cooltoeventhink

        Why? Did the abuse you suffered make your congenital ignorance worse?

        March 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Emms

    This is so ridiculous. It won't do anything to help anyone lose weight. And poisonous, cancer-causing cigarettes are still available anywhere. Talk about screwed-up priorities.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • retwqaas

      Id explain how you cant smoke them in public places or inside bars but i guess that does not matter.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • knewagirl

      This is the same mentality from when I worked at the post office. Drivers were not allowed to have a cold drink in their hand while driving but could hold a lit cigarette. The reason given was if you dropped the cold drink you would have an accident – but no answer to what happens if the hot ash falls in your lap. Most mail carriers in our office wore shorts all year round in socal. and needed the cold drinks to stay hydrated. Now the cold drink industry will have to raise prices to afford all the high paid lobbyists that the cigarette industry has had for years.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  79. RDN0819

    I can understand people's reaction about being told they can't buy a super big drink. Never mind this is in their best interests even though people do have the choice whether to be unhealthy or healthy. However, since the government pays a high percentage of the nation's health care bill, shouldn't it get to say how people behave with respect to being healthy? Between Medicare, Medicaid and the fact that most people's health insurance premiums are tax deductible (therefore the government is paying part of your bill for you) they have every right to try to lessen what it's paying out.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emms

      OK, if being healthy is going to be government-mandated, let's ban all sports. Those guys get hurt constantly. Especially the "extreme" sports.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMR

      I'm a healthy person, who works out regularly, and does not drink surgery drinks very often. I don't live this way because a government tells me to, I live this way because it's the best way to live a life free of health problems. Moderation is the name of the game.

      I would very much like to be able to buy a large Mountain Dew, if I so choose. I would also like to be able to smoke my occasional cigar (1-2 a month, max), in a public park, on a warm day, without the fear of getting a ticket. I've earned it. Just because some people can't make the right choices about their health, does not mean I should give up my freedom to buy clearly reasonable products.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • SaneNYCer

        Dear healthy person, you are FREE to buy two of those mountain dews and exercise your mind with other subjects less trivial. I don't know if you live in NY or not, but we have MANY checks on our supposed "freedom". If we want to live in large metropolises we compromise our freedoms to do so. Ever heard of castle laws that many states have? NYers can't just shoot someone for trespassing on their property! Woops there goes my freedom to shoot someone on sight!

        Get a grip. Or move to Long Island.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fatted calf

      in reply to RDN0819 "therefore the government is paying part of your bill for you"....HUH? Taxpayers pay for everything. What planet are you from?

      March 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |

    This is pure Bull$hit , Bloomberg is a control freak its either his way or the high way his dumb ass must have had a rather swell childhood. Overall Mike is full of it, if hes so concerned about the health of new yorkers they maybe he should consider banning SMOKING! HELLO!!!!! LUNG CANCER also a leading cause in deaths. pure balaky cant wait til hes dethroned from his shit chair

    March 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Don't give him any ideas or it might happen.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Kevin

    This is why I would never vote democrat.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Well, thats what you get for re-electing a power hungry control freak mayor who wants to tell everybody what to do. He doesn't give a crap about how much it'll cost and the burden its putting on small business who have to purchase smaller glasses. He just wants to make him and his crazy lefty loony buddies feel good and give each other hi-5 because they 'did something' to combat obesity.

      You can still buy a 6pack of coke to go with that x-large pizza. At least for now. I'm sure the next thing on his radar is limiting how much food you can buy at a time.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • pep

      Mayor Bloomberg is a Republican.

      March 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • nwg6011

        Actually he changed to independent.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaneNYCer

      Good Riddance!

      March 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryant

      Bloomberg has ran as a republican, democrat, and independent. Being in power is all the matters to him, not the party affiliation

      March 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  82. carlos

    I refuse to drink sugary drinks, AND I refuse to be told what and how much of something I should be allowed to have. Sounds like new yorkers are a bunch of dependant losers that need their noses wiped for them. I'm starting to understand the terms like bed-wetting liberal...

    March 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crystal Swisher

      Yes, but isn't it the dictate of this dumb-ass mayor who is passing these idiotic laws?

      March 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      I'm a liberal and I try to cut down sugary drinks but I refuse to support this, period. You should be taking care of yourself, not the government.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • SaneNYCer

        It's a pitty that the statistics show that we can't. What's the saying? A person is smart and makes good decisions. People are dumb and ignorant.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  83. not on my dime

    i wish i lived closer.. that way i could stop in NJ.. load up a big gulp, large fries, and a bigmac and go park myself on a street corner in Manhattan

    let em say something......

    March 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crystal Swisher

      I would do the same thing. This Bloomberg is a raging lunatic, a control freak and I think he needs to be destroyed....

      March 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • clif

      Yeah you show them! This country needs patriots like you to engage in that sort of civil disobedience!

      March 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  84. truthbetold

    total B.S.!!! all of these restaurants are complaining. yet those 'glass cups' they have now can easily be replaced. the cost to them are minimal! they charge customers 10-20x the amount they purchase the syrup for. most drinks must be diluted from those concentrated syrups they purchased. the cost of tap water? not much...especially in nyc! if all restaurants can prove they use purified spring water and not tap, then we should reconsider the costs. dallas bbq should not even be complaining! the owners are filthy rich! multimillionaires! next in line – consumer labels for food! lol just like pharmaceutical companies are required to label their drugs, restaurants shall be required to hand out health sheets on all processed, unnatural ingredients they use.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • SJL

      You do realize that profit margins for restaurants are minimal correct? The area where they do make decent money is on beverages (especially liquor). So take away the drinks and make them replaces the glasses, which will be expensive because I imagine they have to replace at least a thousand glasses (no idea how big an outfit it is), it will end up being a pretty hefty financial drain. Quit hating on people who make profits, they probably do ten times as much work as you do.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      those darn Dallas BBQ owners, they are filthy rich. the nerve they opened a biz and were successful. MORON

      I know you need the government to tell you how to live your life, but guess intelligent Americans who were raised properly do not. Oh thats right you want the government to teach and tell you how to raise your kids also I assume. that way when little Johnny does something wrong you can just fall back and blame others like you do now. Grow up and realize this country is getting worse every day because of idiots like you

      March 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • SaneNYCer

        Ahem, I'm not going to be snarky and point the finger but you are wrong sir. The country is failing because on inadequate wallstreet regulations, that shortchange the american tax base. The country is failing because the education system is in tatters and we are bickering over whether or not teachers should carry guns in school instead of expanding access to early education, college education and continuing education. The country is failing because entitlement programs such as medicaid simply can't cope with the rising healthcare costs and an era where more and more people fall into poverty and require medicaid. And then there are the pointless wars, excess spending on the DoD, partisan gridlock, extremely costly natural disasters and our lack of preparedness. Consider yourself corrected.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronnie

      I think you're missing the point. First of all, you are obviously not in the restaurant biz if you think that replacing all the glassware in multiple locations will not be expensive. Secondly, how rich the owners of Dallas BBQ are is completely irrelevant. And finally, it's not about lableling, or whether or not sugary drinks are bad for you, it's about the government dictating to people what they can and cannot drink, and placing unnecessary and costly restrictions on businesses, many of whom are mom and pop places for whom these changes will be detrimental.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  85. yo!

    First, drinks with too much sugar ... next, food with too much fat.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crystal Swisher

      It's all about control. This guy doesn't give a rat's ass about NY's health. He's just now talking about banning ear buds? Has he lost his ever loving freakin' mind??? What is wrong with the people that they don't revolt about this numbskull. Are they in love with him?

      March 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • RecurveLife

        New Yorkers are too brain dead from al the aspartame they had to drink to be able to function.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Jeff_JT

    Obesity related diseases are the larger killer of people in the US. There is absolutely no food value to soda and it is poisoning our children, increasing everyone's healthcare costs(even those that dont drink that swill), and decreasing workplace productivity due to the health problems associated with it. If a ban of soda would save just one life isnt it worth it? Think of the innocent children.

    I mean isnt this why we are trying to ban guns? Why unravel all that progress by allowing junk food?

    March 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      This is my problem with "Progressives". They think, just because they want something, that the government should mandate it. I think people should drink less soda and exercise more, but I sure don't think it should be mandated by government. I also think people like Jeff shouldn't make ignorant comment on CNN.com, but I would never suggest that the government restrict or ban him.

      Of Course, what Jeff refers to "progress" is non-sensical, as are most liberal/progressive causes. Remember when they wanted plastic grocery bags b/c paper ones were killing trees?....anyway science indicates that diet soda will cause more weight gain than regular b/c the sweet taste creates a false insulin response. And that says nothing about the danger of those chemical sweeteners. Nanny Bloomberg and people like Jeff will never achieve their utopia b/c it is impossible to mandate these things through government.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Crystal Swisher

        You got that right. Somebody up there needs their head examined and I'm thinking I know who...........

        March 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
        • Jeff_JT

          Someone here sounds like a good candidate for bariatric surgery. I think I know who....

          March 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff_JT

        Scott is very typical of the "me, me" attitude of the majority of Americans. It's supposedly all about what Scott wants and if someone disagrees with him he resorts to name calling or implying that someone is ignorant. Nice try, but that type of response negates any value to what you might say. I am concerned about the well being of my fellow man, you are concerned about where you will get your next sugar fix. Most American do not have the ability to make good judgements for themselves so the government needs to step in and make them for the good of the people. This has been proven by the benefits we have seen from other regulation. Food high in sugars(natural or artificial), high in fats, low in nutrition should be banned. There is absolutely reason or justification to have such highly unhealthy food. How many more people have to die before we stand up against this? The food lobby in this country has become way too intrusive in this country and are not even willing to talk about sensible regulation.

        March 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
        • Lev

          I know where you should live – NK. They have all that regulation business down to science. I miss NY of the 80's when I immigrated. What a breath of fresh air it was to feel the freedom. I would feel no such thing today!

          March 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
        • iheartyou

          I understand what you're saying, Jeff-JT, but I think that government regulation is the absolute wrong way to go about it. I'm all for helping, even encouraging, people to make better lifestyle choices. But you can't allow government to legislate it. How about we offer insurance discounts for people who don't smoke and maintain a good weight? How about we offer discounts to gym memberships? Or we make healthy food choices easier and cheaper for people? How about we ban fast food restaurants from being walking distances to schools? There are a lot of different ways to go about this. Banning what a person is allowed to consume is NOT the way to do it. And let's be honest here, healthcare costs have very little to do with the obesity of Americans. Rising healthcare costs are nothing but corporate greed, plain and simple. My mother was just in the hospital and when we received the itemized hospital bill we saw that they were charging her $150 for 2 tylenol, $50 for toothpaste and toothbrush, a $400 "administration" cost that we're still trying to understand, etc. etc. It was unbelievable. Our healthcare system is broken, but it's hardly the fault of people who drink too much soda.

          March 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • SaneNYCer

        Be sure to smoke around your kids tonight.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Buster

      Oh Swell! There goes another "save the precious little children" comment.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff_JT

        The children are "precious". And don't they deserve our protection? Why do you hate children so much that you dont support what is right?

        March 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
        • Uncle Buster

          I think children are just fine. It's the so-called "Progressives" that use the idea of defending them from WHATEVER at the drop of a hat that I have problems with. Honestly, the constant "Save the Children from (insert threat here)" mantra is just nauseating.

          March 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
        • ED

          There are laws about drugs also ! Tell me how THE WAR ON DRUGS IS DOING !!!!!

          March 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SJL

      Are you serious? You think it is okay for the government to mandate what we eat and drink? This is preposterous, sodas, like almost all foods and drinks, is okay in moderation. If you want kids to be healthy, tell parents to get off their fat as ses and get them to teach kids the right diets growing up. I don't even drink soda, but it makes me mad.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      Sodas have been around for decades. It isn't sodas, it is we sit inside and play on the computer instead of running around outside. What is next, candy? Why not ban Trick or Treat,Easter – all those Peeps and Chocolate. Why it's an unhealthy holiday! Get rid of it. Birthdays too – cakes and cupcakes. No extra toppings on Pizza. We could go on and on here. I gave up sodas 6 months ago, it was my choice to do so. Find a different way to educate and encourage healthier choices. i did it and I don't live in NY. But this is government telling people what to do.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • SaneNYCer

        I think the problem is that some people can't read very well. They didn't ban sodas!!!!!! They simply outlawed selling a specific size. Lardasses can continue to buy multiple 16 oz servings to their hearts desire, although their heart may not live to tell the tale. END RANT/

        March 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • 1patriot

        Thats because you have something called PERSONAL ACCOUNTIBILITY. America is supposed to be about freedom. The freedom to make good and bad choices. Should you make a bad choice, you used to be expected to live with the consequences. It seems these days anytime someone makes a bad decision, they blame someone else, cry about it to the government who then steps in to regulate it, which ruins it for the majority. This isn't about soda, it is about FREEDOM OF CHOICE and the infringement upon the rights of the American people and it's businesses.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
        • Jeff_JT

          The problem is that your "freedom" to put whatever junk you want into your body conflicts with my well-being. I and lots of others pay increased healthcare costs to help pay for those that are unhealthy. In essence, taken money out of my pocket. How about you not infringe on my rights

          March 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Pfff. I saw one of the NYC adds from a few years ago that tries to argue that drinking one can of soda a day can add 10 pounds to your weight every year. Now, I've been drinking at least that much soda a day since late high school, usually more in the two cans range. I'm 31 now. So that's about 14 years. By that logic, I should have gained as much as 140 pounds from drinking soda. That's more than my entire body weight – I'm 5'10, and I weigh 125 pounds. The most I have EVER weighed is about 145, and that was when I was pregnant. The difference between soda and a gun is that when I drink soda, that soda doesn't magically kill kids sitting innocently in school going about their day. Now, okay, a gun, by itself, doesn't kill either – but in the hands of someone who uses it, it can become an instrument of death. Soda cannot. A more fair comparison would be alcohol, because someone who drinks and drives could easily kill a bunch of people. Alcohol sales are highly regulated too.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • KP

        Calories in a can of soda: 96
        96 kcal * 7 days per week * 52 days per year = 34,944 kcal/yr
        ~3500 kcal/lb fat
        = 9.98 lbs fat

        Just because you happen to burn off those 96 kcal in a can of soda each day, doesn't make them wrong, and it especially does not mean that everyone will have the same results as you.

        March 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronnie

      Can't figure out of you're serious, kidding to make a point, or just a troll trying to get a rise out of people. On the off chance that you are serious, the simple answer to your question about is a soda ban worth it if it saves one life is no, it's not worth it. High cholesterol kills many people, so we could probably save at least one life if we banned eggs and red meat. That doesn't mean that we should.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff_JT

        Ronnie, I agree with you about the high cholesterol. These foods should be banned too. If not banned at least limited so that so many people would be hurt. Some could be saved. Maybe limiting it to 7 ounces of soda at a time, or 7 bad food items a year. We have to do something so that it would at least slow down the killing. As we know, Americans need legislation to make sense of the world. It may not be the magic "bullet" or save everyone, but if it saves one life then it is worth it. And anyone that can't get behind that must be some kind of food nut.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
        • Ryan

          "Americans need legislation to make sense of the world"

          Did I just read this correctly? So because there exists a portion of society that are utterly moronic, we must legislate to control them? To "protect" them? Get the hell out of my country.

          Allow natural selection to take its course, and stop trying to save the world with your feigned concern and inflated ego. You people really sicken me.

          March 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • SaneNYCer

        You know what Ronnie, as a healthcare professional, I'm incensed. What your healthcare provider should do, and God willing will do in the near future, is judge everyone's caloric intake level, cholesterol and family history of obesity, then charge the living hell out of them in premiums because of their "lifestyle choice" End of story. Those who are obese and have high cholesterol and high caloric intake, who do not have insurance, will end up in emergency rooms, many underfunded, and asked for their government voucher. No voucher, get out! Sound like a program I've heard of........

        March 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED

      Hey Jeff , Stop drinking the kool aid ! Do you actually think a criminal about to commit murder is really worried about breaking some stupid gun law ? WAKE UP !!!!

      March 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff_JT

        Duh Ed, wake up. I dont drink soda so I certainly don't drink cool aid. I think you are on the wrong thread, this isn't about guns. Soda is much more insidious. If the government says it is the right thing to do to regulate or ban soda, who are you to argue with them? You'll follow the law and like it or get out of this country.

        March 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
        • Ryan

          Oh, I get it. You're just trolling.

          Nobody could be that egregiously misguided.

          Wake up and learn the concept of personal responsibility. Take your wet dreams of an impossible utopia to another country. Preferably a deserted island, or one where the lemmings will lap your opiated ideals with quiet apathy.

          March 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Jeff, words cannot express the growing anger your comment incites in me. If it weren't for the liter of soda I'm about to consume, I'd fly off the handle with a vitriolic rant criticizing your idiotic position. I don't care if soda is bad for you, nobody has the right to dictate what I do with my body. That includes marijuana, so after that soda hits my belly, I rather think I'm going to smoke.

      Jeff: You and everyone like you, go to hell.

      March 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  87. SUGARdaddy

    control control control....start with the little things work your way up

    March 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crystal Swisher

      yes, because by then, you are numb to it and anything they say to you or demand of you just becomes normal......like robots........poor NY........I feel badly for them. They need a new mayor – one with some common sense and apparently this guy has extremely little.............he has more time to sit around and worry about drinks and ear buds than running the criminals out of the City............and the mobsters..........

      March 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Marc

    Funny how they say they are doing it for our health, if that was the case they would outlaw all drinking and smoking. But wait, then where would they get the lost revenue (taxes) from? Tax all the ILLEGAL ALIENS!

    March 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • After39years

      Forget taxing the "illegal aliens". Their taxes won't make a difference. Try taxing the churches if you really want to see things change!!

      March 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • VOS

        Actually, you are both wrong, how about taxing the 80% of Americans who don't pay a dime in taxes. The rich pay their share and more, its the people below that pay nothing. Maybe if everyone paid their "share" we would not have the financial issues we have now, that and a government that cannot stop spending.

        March 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
        • Kenny

          The poor still pays sales tax. Everybody pays something in taxes, not just income taxes.

          March 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Mainscribe

    If you are a NYC resident, you voted the wack-job in and your own choices out! What did you expect?

    March 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barkatyou

      Exactly. Now live with the consequences....

      March 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeremy

      WEll said Bloomturd is a nut "DEM" this is what you get when you vote in leftist wack jobs. Unlike republican wacko's who desire money Dems and "like minded bloomturds" desire Power and control over even simple everyday items in your life.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leopoldkitty

        You do realize that Bloomberg is an Independent and prior to switching parties he was a Republican?

        March 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Mainscribe

    You voted the wack-job in and your own choices out...What did you expect? Disneyland?

    March 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  91. John

    So much for freedom.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Reality

    Great idea. We have too many ignorant people to leave the choice to themselves. Nothing wrong with common sense rules when they are good for you.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob aussie

      That's what Lenin and Stalin said, too, and then they proceeded to murder the populace of their own country. Give away your accountability, and you give away your liberty.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      you are an idiot. just another sheep.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      You are such a follower!

      March 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian

      Thinking like that is how dictatorships get started.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Cobra

    NYC is slowly becoming the stupidest city on the planet...

    March 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ndirish1842


      March 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob aussie

      Really? You don't think they are just trying to compete with San Francisco?

      March 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barkatyou

      It's certainly become the most imperious...

      March 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fatted calf

      Nah, it's just a dry run for the rest of the country. They want to see how much they can get away with. If they can get away with it there they can get away with it anywhere.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Clown

    NYC should prep for a ban on Donald Trump also.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeremy

      Oh yea i have no doubt, or just a general ban on free thinking if bloomberg had his way.......Yanks are such slaves.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Ron

    It started with banning smoking, now it will never end. We invited these politicians in to regulate our lives and now there is no turning back.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Barkatyou

    New York is starting to look like Poland, circa 1940, when Adolph arrived.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • After39years

      Really? Because the mayor is trying to make things a little bit healthier, you think it's like Hitler?Poland 1940 revisited. Really? Now, I am not trying to defend this law. I think it's silly. But 1940 Poland.... Really?

      March 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Barkatyou

        It's not just the soda, it's no smoking ,n trans-fat, no guns, etc.

        March 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
        • After39years

          I'm not convinced. I don't have a problem with no trans fats... no smoking... and even, no guns. I think they have all proven to be detremental to our society and generally place a higher financial burden on us all as well. I think this law re; soft drinks is unenforcable and can be worked around... so why bother. Bloomberg has worked for greater individual freedoms in other ways. Just because some smaller rules mean "taking away rights" doesn't necessarily mean that they are bad. Every law, rule, or regulation must be looked ast individually. I'm (obviously) not in favor of a fascisitic government... and I DO think that people should always be vigilant of what their government is doing... but let's not make these wild, exaggerated claims that undremine one's credibility.

          March 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
        • Thor

          Hey "after39years" ... have you ever READ the plaques posted around Saratoga Springs about the Revolutionary War?

          March 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
        • Ronnie

          Hey After39years, the problem with your stance is this: "I am not defending this law that bans "D". I think it is silly to try to ban "D". However, I don't mind the previous laws that banned "A", "B", and "C", because that was different. Do you see the problem with that? The NYC government is a textbook example of nanny statism. When a couple of morons got hit by cars because they walked into traffic while they were texting on their phones, NYC's solution was to propose a law that banned texting while walking, nevermind the 6 million or so people who were texting and somehow managed not to walk into traffic. When a city councilman's father died, the councilman proposed a law prohibiting all restaurants from using ANY salt in their cooking. Now there is discussion about banning earbuds. The situation in NYC is a great illustration of the "slippery slope", and it's all because people like you were okay with banning A, B, and C, now the government thinks they can ban the entire alphabet.

          March 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
        • Freedom

          Hey "after39years". If we continue with this line of thinking natural selection will cease to existf. This will cause the cycle of studity to grow in society. It is a statement that is fast proving to be true.If you need a sign to keep you from walking in front a bus then you should by all means start stepping so you will not reproduce stupidity. If you need a law to protect you from a "big gulp" the same rule applies.

          March 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • meg

        LOL @ all the New Yorkers. I believe people told you so, once down that slope its never going to stop....Glad I don't live in that statist state....Its all for the greater good after all. bahah and yet your canals are so filthy dolphins die in them and your water is full of pharmaceuticals

        March 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Saboth

    There are many things people should do. Brush your teeth, save for retirement, exercise 1 hour, 5-6 days a week, get 8 hours of sleep, and eat a balanced diet. I do not think the government should have a hand in legislating any of these things.

    March 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan


      March 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BYOB

      The laws protecting sleep such as disturbing the peace must be enforced.
      Chronic sleep deprivation causes grand mal seizures.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Tundra_Yet_Again

    You're foolin' yourself! We're living in a dictatorship. A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working class...

    March 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamlet

      Oh, there you go bringing class into it again.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stan

        Well, that's what it's all about! If only people would...

        March 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • lentukwilla

        must be a king, hasn't got sh1t all over him

        March 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
        • lentukwilla

          come see the violence inherent in the system... HELP HELP I'M BEING OPPRESSED!

          March 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      BE QUIET!

      March 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronnie


      March 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • iheartyou

        Oh, what a give away. Did you hear that? That's what I'm on about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw it didn't you??

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