On second thought, let’s not go to California. Tis a silly place.
Case in point, two cities are cracking down on plastic straws, so much so that giving them out may result in actually spending time in jail.
Of course, one of those cities just happens to be San Francisco, whose city leaders voted unanimously to ban the drinking tool according to KGO-TV:
San Francisco’s board of supervisors voted unanimously to join cities such as Vancouver, Berkeley and Seattle in banning plastic straws.
The legislation proposed by Supervisor Katy Tang not only includes the elimination of plastic straws, but many non-recyclable plastic items like coffee stirrers. It also includes language that would make San Francisco the first city in the country to ban fluorinated chemicals in food containers. Because San Francisco uses 1-million plastic straws a day, the issue took center stage.
Details haven’t emerged yet as to what would happen to anyone in San Francisco should they distribute plastic straws, but Santa Barbara, who is also cracking down on the tubed menace, did make it clear according to National Review:
The bill was passed unanimously last Tuesday, and covers bars, restaurants, and other food-service businesses. Establishments will still be allowed to hand out plastic stirrers, but only if customers request them.
Santa Barbara’s ordinance “is likely the most severe straw ban in the country,” according to Reason, but it’s far from the only straw ban. Seattle banned plastic straws earlier this month, mandating a a $250 fine for violators. Santa Barbara, however, has gone much further than Seattle — even aside from the harsher punishments its law imposes. Santa Barbara has banned not only plastic straws, but also compostable straws. Oh, and each individual straw counts as a separate infraction, meaning that if someone got busted handing out straws to a table of four people, he or she could end up facing years behind bars.
These brave eco-pioneers are saving the world one bendy piece of plastic at a time, even if straws only do make up .02 percent of the 9 million tons of the produced plastic waste that supposedly finds its way into the ocean. How better to help save the world than by putting people in jail for years because they handed someone a few straws?
Meanwhile, in the most progressive state in the nation, you can give someone HIV without their knowledge and that counts as a mere misdemeanor. That includes people who give HIV infected blood to blood banks.
So you can be sent to jail for giving out some straws, but not incurable diseases to sexual partners, or people in need of life-saving blood. By the way, California is experiencing a spike in STD’s, but it’s not because of any lax laws about spreading STD’s, it’s because of racism according to California.
Meanwhile, San Francisco has a horrible syringe problem where infected needles from drug users can literally be found littering the sidewalks. This is by far a much larger problem than straws, but the city doesn’t seem to want to tackle this problem.
That’s mainly because it’s the city itself that’s handing these syringes out. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s health department began distributing these needles because it supposedly helps stop the transmission of diseases via infected needles:
In fiscal 2013-14, for example, health department records show the city handed out 3.3 million needles at a cost of $400,397. Two years later, it handed out 4.45 million needles at a cost of $523,363.
Garcia said the program’s goal of ensuring access to sterile syringes is intended “to eliminate the transmission of blood-borne pathogens among people who inject drugs and their sexual partners.”
So you can spread incurable diseases without much punishment, and do drugs thanks to delivery systems provided by the state of California, but get caught handing a straw to someone and you could wind up in jail.
Oh, by the way, cross the border illegally and you’ll face no punishment in one of California’s 40-plus sanctuary cities. In fact, the mayor said the city will even protect illegal immigrants from ICE.
Don’t you DARE hand out a skinny tube of plastic, though.