We were just recovering from our guffaw over Starbucks’ attempt to appease Mother Earth by implementing strawless lids, which actually require more plastic, and then California decided to ante up. Santa Barbara has decided that plastic straws may very well bring about the end of the world, and city leaders are aiming to save humanity. According to new city regulations, a violator (i.e., someone using a straw) could be fined up to a grand or even imprisoned for six months. Meanwhile, back in Russia…
Here’s more from Fox News…
A California coastal city has become the latest municipality to ban plastic straws, enacting what is potentially the strictest plastic prohibition in the country.
Santa Barbara earlier this month passed the ordinance authorizing hefty fines and even a possible jail sentence for violators who dole out plastic straws at restaurants, bars and other food establishments.
According to the ordinance, violators on their first offense will be given a written warning notice. But the second time a purveyor of plastic straws defies the ban is when the heavy hand of the law could clamp down.
In that case, the ordinance cites penalties from the city’s municipal code for a “fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months.”
In comparison, Seattle, which in the beginning of July became the first major city in the U.S. to ban plastic straws, only fines businesses $250 per offense.