It has come to this.
Give plastic straws to customers who want them — and in the Golden State, you might just wind up in jail.
You read that right.
Sure, San Francisco’s board of supervisors voted unanimously this week to join such cities as Berkeley, Seattle and Vancouver in banning plastic straws, as ABC7News.com reported.
“The legislation proposed by Supervisor Katy Tang not only includes the elimination of plastic straws, but many nonrecyclable plastic items like coffee stirrers,” the outlet noted. “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.”
But in Santa Barbara, things might get even more draconian than that: The city earlier this month passed an ordinance “authorizing hefty fines and even a possible jail sentence for violators who dole out plastic straws at restaurants, bars, and other food establishments,” as Fox News reported.
LifeZette reported recently on the ban in Seattle, when it became the first major U.S. city to ban plastic straws and plastic utensils.
“Plastic pollution is surpassing crisis levels in the world’s oceans, and I’m proud Seattle is leading the way and setting an example for the nation by enacting a plastic straw ban,” Mami Hara, general manager of Seattle Public Utilities, told radio station KOMO earlier this month.
“Our goal for the next year is to help all restaurants, food trucks, and food service operations shift away from plastic to compostable food serviceware,” Hara said.
On Fox News Wednesday night, host Martha McCallum of “The Story with Martha MacCallum” took on the straw ban topic and the potential jail time for “violators.” Watch the video and the exchange below on why banning plastic has become so urgent all of a sudden — and so controversial.
Naturally, folks are reacting on Twitter to the news about potential jail time:
Jail time over the plastic straw ban in Santa Barbara? The City says jail time or stiff fines are not the intent for first-time offenders. That education is the first line of compliance. https://t.co/wD37L22x4C
— KEYT NewsChannel 3 (@KEYTNC3) July 26, 2018
— Tami Hudson (@teabytami) July 26, 2018
A California coastal city has become the latest municipality to ban plastic straws, enacting what is potentially the strictest plastic prohibition in the country. https://t.co/ur01Sc5XAt
— 1310kzrg (@1310kzrg) July 26, 2018