The Californian city of Santa Barbara banned single-use plastic straws earlier this month, in a bid to reduce marine pollution. The city ordinance states that offenders will be given a written warning but serial slurpers are liable for a $1000 fine or six-month jail sentence – per straw.
However, city official Nina Johnson told Fox News that “no one will go to jail for using a plastic straw or providing a straw to a customer.” According to her, the law will not be enforced to its full extent and the text providing for jail sentences will “most likely be deleted.”
Still too terrified to march in the streets for fear of being nabbed by the eco-police, disgruntled Americans took to Twitter in protest. If they want our straws, one argued, they can “come and take them.”
— OMJD molṑn labé ن ♞✟ (@jabob99) July 27, 2018
— Jack Posobiec❌ (@JackPosobiec) July 26, 2018
A city in California just approved jail time for defying the plastic straw ban. pic.twitter.com/cOf6WSl1vS
— Austin Petersen (@AP4Liberty) July 26, 2018
The scene in California where pot is legal and plastic drinking straws are not: pic.twitter.com/43Pfzq7bKn
— Mitch (@mitch_won) July 27, 2018
California when they see a straw: pic.twitter.com/dDSrUikMtm
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) July 26, 2018
While feel-good environmentalism is as Californian as surfing and cool ranch dressing, some see the law as draconian, especially considering that handing out straws now merits the same punishment in the great state of California as knowingly infecting a partner with HIV, at least on paper.
Ahhhh, California. Where you can legally inject yourself with heroin at an approved facility, but you get jail time for giving someone a plastic straw. https://t.co/pHX2EIDciX
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) July 25, 2018
Others see it as a pointless crime to focus on. California’s cities have other problems, like drug abuse, trash, and a teeming homeless population defecating at will in the streets. In San Francisco this week, the city’s Board of Supervisors passed a measure to block stores, restaurants and bars from selling plastic straws, which must now be voted on next week, before being signed into law by the mayor.
While the city’s new mayor, London Breed, struggles to get a handle on the city’s public pooping problem, city supervisor Katy Tang described the straw ban as an example of how smug San Francisco “has been a pioneer of environmental change.”
California cannot enforce their borders or keep the homeless from defecating in the streets, but if YOU hand out plastic straws, YOU are going to serve jail time!
Makes perfect sense to a liberal I bet.
— Mike Wonder (@mikebwonder) July 27, 2018
Drowning in human feces and used needles, too. Don't worry, though, no more plastic straws! California's really got its priorities straight 🤣🤣🤣
— ❌#DismantleTheFed🇺🇸 (@Trump_Landslide) July 25, 2018
Banning plastic straws is all the rage at the minute. Seattle became the first major US city to ban the offending utensils this month and British Prime Minister Theresa May took time out of her busy schedule of Brexit-bungling to ban plastic straws, stirrers and q-tips in April. Starbucks also announced this month that it would phase out plastic straws in all of its 28,000 stores worldwide.
— Rosie Perpetually Potentially Sensitive (@almostjingo) July 27, 2018
Resistance to the new eco-conscious overlords is futile. Santa Barbara will begin to enforce its straw ban next July, and one can only wonder whether prohibition will usher in a new era of underground straw-serving speakeasies and street corner black market straw-slingers.
BREAKING NEWS: California Prisons Overflowing After Criminalization Of Plastic Straw Possession pic.twitter.com/9h9jgmYxwX
— Denlesks (@Denlesks) July 27, 2018