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NEW YORK (PIX11)- We’re just days away from the kick-off of Mayor Bloomberg’s sugary drink ban.

And now we know exactly how the city plans on enforcing it after Tuesday.

To make sure restaurants and businesses aren’t selling you a soda that is more than 16 ounces, health inspectors will be dispatched with special 17 ounce cups to measure each pour.

The details were spelled out by the city as part of a class action lawsuit they’re facing from major soda companies.

Some businesses say they’re waiting for the ruling before making any menu changes.

Restaurants will have a 3-month grace period before the city begins issuing fines.

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28 comments

  • Ikari

    These deadly ASSAULT SODAS needed to be restricted. No civilian has any need for these EXTENDED CAPACITY BOTTLES. That is why the Government needed to control them. Because, 9/11. We're trying to save lives here!

    • Ron Paul

      The magazine, errrr cup, cannot hold more than 16 rounds, errrr ounces. Newly hired armed drink inspectors, errrr health inspectors, will be dispatched to enforce the illegal law at gun point. Violators will be shot, errrr fined and imprisoned. Forest says, "stupid is as stupid does". What's next a smoking ban? Oops, is it too soon. Baaa hahaha. New York City deserves this clown and his cohorts. What's next cotton candy??

  • Toobie

    This is total bull….. he needs to be replaced, and quick! Next he'll be telling people what brand of tissue to wipe their asses with -_-

    • Hans C Andersen

      Wow, "The Emperor's New Clothes". Hummm ;/
      It appears the overwhelming majority of city dwellers willingly share in the collective ignorance. Oh the absurdity of it all :) Beam me up Scotty.

  • joe

    well that`s b`s i think it the person decision to buy how much he want if i want a 64 oz cup and drink it so be it you can`t tell me what to do that`s my decision.

  • guest

    So now customers will just have to order two drinks instead of one ?
    What about the restaurants that offer endless refills?
    Does anybody really think this will stop somebody from drinking as much as they so choose.
    You gonna limit the size of a bag of chips next or candy bars that can only be 6 ounces or less.
    It's ridiculous and won't work, so you limit they're intake at a public restaurant, then they go home and drink a twelve pack, you accomplished nothing except making yourself feel better that you tried to help a poor soul that can't help themselves..

  • guest

    Yes, I like three big macs, three large fries, a hot apple pie, a hot fudge sundae and a "thank god the somebody's looking out for me" 16 ounce diet coke.

  • Bill

    Obviously, the Mayor is leading a bunch of moronic drones to the death of freedom under the liberal flag of "You're too stupid to take care of yourselves, so I'll do it for you". This is the same ignorant b.s. that got us into this mess in the first place.

    • Martin

      LIBERAL??? NO…just the opposite. This is a draconian action taken by a mayor who has gotten entirely too full of himself.

  • Joey

    I REALLY THINK that mayor BUMburg would be better….um…SERVED if he made tge restrictions for BEER and not SODA? How many crimes are committed because someone had one too many Pepsi's?

  • Marc S

    Wasn't there a movie about this that poked fun as well. I think it was called Demolition Man where in a futuristic world things were decided that they were not good and so they were outlawed. This included sex.

    Here is the perfect quote – Bloomberg is Cocteau though in the Soda instance……

    You see, according to Cocteau's plan, I'm the enemy, 'cause I like to think; I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy who likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I WANT high cholesterol. I wanna eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green Jell-o all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal? I've SEEN the future. Do you know what it is? It's a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing "I'm an Oscar Meyer Wiener".

  • Moxy

    it still is up to the individual to omit things that are not good for us
    I really think this is an effort – but I question if it will work-like so many have said, will the customer get a second if they wish? and, this will not effect at home drinks
    I think this is just a costly thing – there could be just more awareness put on sugary drinks
    what about alcohol – so many people are killed because of alcohol – the tobacco co had to put warnings and they raised prices – so why not do this to sugary drinks, and alcohol? do we have our priorities in line? what about diet drinks – I understand they are not good for us either

  • guest

    Let me get this straight the Mayor of New York City, is placing a ban on sugary drinks more than 16 ozs and they will measure the drink with 17 oz cups. Because, the people of New York cannot properly take care of themselves with the sugar. Well, I guess since New Yokers are too stupid to manage their sugar intake they should be fined. With obesity on the rise what better person to take care of his people than the Mayor :)

  • jfig214

    This is how everything starts, first it starts with something small like soft drinks, then it's the salt in our food, next our food and water intake will be rationed off to us every month. People need to wake up and stop letting this happen. When will people stand up for their rights? This is a Democracy not a Dictatorship, but people stand by and don't say anything because the American population is soo docile and complacent like little sheep they allow these thngs to happen. Well guess what your rights are being taken away little by little and this is just the start. Who is Bloomberg to control what people eat and drink? Last time I checked this is a free country.And I don't even like soda, but it's the fact that no one says anything we all just sit by and the few of us who do try to do something about it get made out to be some fanatics. New Yorkers are weak I guess that's why people are able to push other people off train platforms while hundreds of people stand by and watch as a train runs over another human being

  • ric

    what scares e more than the ban (I don't drink soda), is that there are people so fat that they need to be told how much to drink and eat because because they cannot control their own appetite..That's scary.

  • Patricia

    This is another example of the Government taking our rights away. I really don't drink sugary drinks but it is a person's right to drink it our rights are being taken away this is stupid but again if you agree with the mayor then think about what if your doing or eating something you like and the government says you can't do that anymore hmmm so think before you agree with that ban it is all about our rights.

    • Lyubomir

      I agree, I don't drink soda either, but people need to drink to stay hydrated. It is the Soda companies that make drinks addicting. How about make jobs courage employees to get a gym membership.

  • Lyubomir

    So much for going green. Now they have to use more plastic for more bottles. This is not going to fight obesity. He is a communist. Watch out!

  • Bronxite

    In the 1700's there was a piece of paper signed by our founding fathers…. Maybe some of you heard of it you know the CONSTITUTION! I'm sure that between that, the bill of rights, and all of the amendments made over the years we're afforded certain freedoms are we not? Personally I'm not a big soda drinker but I am big on my right to drink or consume whatever I want. how we as New Yorkers have continued to allow this billionaire to make decisions for us stumps me. We allowed him to rewrite a law so he could continue to be mayor…… we allow him to send poor Dennis Scott out there to be the face of the board of Ed when we all know that he's actually making the decisions……and now a ban on soda which is truly one of the dumbest laws I've ever heard of. In a city filled with 8 million + , the largest school district in the country, one of the largest police depts in the country, an extremely high unemployment rate, and a failing justice system is this the move that's supposed to cement your legacy? There are police officers getting away with crimes that the average citizen would be locked up for but your fight is with obesity?! This is another great example of how screwed up our political system is . Instead of banning soda or fighting obesity I'm sure those resources can better be utilized in a much better way…….Politics you gotta love it

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