San Francisco Puts Bubble Tea Out of Business With Straw Ban
Not only is it unaffordable and covered in human waste, but the city took a new step toward driving out the remaining tourists and Asian population.
As the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prepares to vote on an ordinance banning plastic straws, hundreds of small-business owners could be impacted by one problem: bubble tea.
You can drink a cocktail without a straw. You can drink a 32-ounce cola without a straw. But ferrying huge tapioca pearls from the bottom of an icy cup of tea to your mouth? Not going to happen with a spoon. As Andrew Chau, co-owner of the San Francisco-based chain Boba Guys, said, “We literally can’t have an operation without straws.”
If the ordinance passes as drafted on July 31, set to take effect in July 2019, local businesses that sell takeaway cups and lids made out of compostable plastic can’t use straws made from the same material. For the hundreds of independent businesses that sell bubble tea, many of them immigrant-owned, finding a supply of the compostable bubble tea straws may be almost impossible.
On May 15, Supervisor Katy Tang, speaking at a press conference at Boba Guys on Fillmore Street, introduced the Plastic and Litter Reduction Ordinance. The ordinance bans plastic straws, stir sticks, toothpicks and those nameless things cafes stick into your coffee cup lid to prevent your latte from splashing onto your shirt collar.
I believe Katy actually missed the vote because she was taking her bar exam.
“Here in San Francisco, this is quite literally the last plastic straw,” Tang said in May.
The city of Santa Barbara has passed an ordinance that will allow restaurant employees to be punished with up to six months of jail time or a $1,000 fine for giving plastic straws to their customers.
The state of California is considering a bill that would punish waiters at sit-down restaurants with up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, for offering customers straws — because straws are bad for the environment.
As California goes, so goes North Korea.
Remember when lefties fed us horror stories about people being locked up for stealing batteries. Meanwhile they would jail people for handing out a straw.
And sadly, this won’t even be the last straw for Californians.