Skip to comments.Is the end in sight for bucket-sized sodas?
Posted on 05/31/2012 6:24:16 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
New York City officials displayed big cups of soda along with the amount of sugar in them
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed banning sales of large soft drinks. Does this herald the end of the popular, money-making bucket-sized cups of soda?
The cold, sugary caffeinated goodness of a big cup of Coca-Cola so delights Chris Alexander he quips it helps sooth his post-traumatic stress disorder.
"If I get agitated, I'll have an incredible urge to get a Coke," says Alexander, a 37-year-old US Army veteran who served several tours in Iraq.
"I'll go get a 48-ounce Big Gulp every once in a while. It's just convenient. If I'm working a lot of hours, I'll just grab a giant one and take it to the office and let it sit there for a while."
Forty-eight ounces (1.42 litres) of soda has more calories than an eight-ounce (227g) T-bone steak, and 5.5 ounces (156g) of sugar, and Alexander admits he gains weight if he slurps the sodas but lets his exercise routine slacken.
But in convenience stores across America, one can buy even larger drinks - one of America's largest convenience store chains, 7-Eleven, sells a 50-ounce (1.5-litre) "Double Gulp" soda, and has at times sold a 64-ounce (1.9-litre) soda.
"They're quite popular," says Margaret Chabris, a spokeswoman for 7-Eleven, which has 7,800 convenience stores in the US.
"People are quite thirsty and want a large-sized soda."
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
He has seriously gone mad with power.
When I want a 55 gallon barrel of Mountain Dew, I want it now!!
And they wonder why people are leaving New York in droves.
Back away from that Mountain Dew, put your hands behind your head and spread em Mister!
>Does this herald the end of the popular, money-making bucket-sized cups of soda?
IIRC, NYC is not America - it is one city in it. - and “money making” is a virtue, not a fault, which opinion you have thinly disguised with communist slant
First they came for the smokers, then they came for the trans fat...
He is tyrant lite, he still allows the working man to drink giant diet sodas.
But it’s medical Mountain Dew, I have a card from a Doctor.
You must be glued to the ceiling!
And peeing up a storm,LOL.
No, his kind heart overflows with compassion and concern for his fellowmen — after all, he is a liberal.
Think of the Lenins, the Stalins, the Maos, the Pol Pots and all those who decided what was best for their people without asking them for their opinion.
The biggest issue that I have with soda sizes is that they’re such a high-margin product for fast-food restaurants that you can no longer get the size you really want. What was once (when I was growing up) a “large” is now a “small” and people are forced to pay for additional volume beyond what they really want.
Now having said that, I don’t think that it’s government’s business to get involved, and it’s up to the consumer to be informed of the revenue-enhancing business practices and to respond accordingly. Several years ago I worked near a Taco Bell, would hit the drive-through regularly for lunch. After the third time they gave me a truck-driver’s special instead of the “small” I’d ordered (claiming they were all out of smaller cups, but still charging me full price for a massive drink), I just started hitting a vending machine on my way out the door at work then making a point to pop the $0.60, 12oz can when I pulled up to the window to collect the food.
How much more do we let politicians get away with before we start hanging them from lampposts?
>> I just started hitting a vending machine on my way out the door at work then making a point to pop the $0.60, 12oz can when I pulled up to the window to collect the food.
I’ll bet the minimum wage guy at the Taco Bell drive-thru was really steamed that you beat his nefarious scheme!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Keep voting for libs New York! You deserve what you get!
I remember when Coastal Appliance Center in Panama City, Florida had their grand opening they advertised free soft drinks.
I was about 5 years old so it would have been around 1952. Our Father had a good job but no money to waste as he had a family of 7. We never got soft drinks as a normal thing.
I remember there was a brand called grapette which came in little 6 ounce bottles. I was old enough to realize if you had no limit on the number you could drink, then getting the smallest size was better since they all normally sold for 5 cents. If I had, had to pay I would have bought the largest but since they were free I drank a bunch of those grapettes, probably 7 or 8. I was surprised they didn’t make me sick.
Every fat person I know drinks diet soda anyhow.
People will still drink the same amount, they will just have to make multiple purchases. More paper cup trash.
You might like this video.
Americans, let’s face it: We’ve been a spoiled country for a long time.
Do you know what the number one health risk in America is?
Obesity. They say we’re in the middle of an obesity epidemic.
An epidemic like it is polio. Like we’ll be telling our grand kids about it one day.
The Great Obesity Epidemic of 2004.
“How’d you get through it grandpa?”
“Oh, it was horrible Johnny, there was cheesecake and pork chops everywhere.”
Nobody knows why were getting fatter? Look at our lifestyle.
I’ll sit at a drive thru.
I’ll sit there behind fifteen other cars instead of getting up to make the eight foot walk to the totally empty counter.
Everything is mega meal, super sized. Want biggie fries, super sized, want to go large.
You want to have thirty burgers for a nickel you fat m****r f****r. There’s room in the back. Take it!
Want a 55 gallon drum of Coke with that? It’s only three more cents.
Partial Lyrics from “Underwear goes inside the pants” by Lazyboy
First note that they did not ban the large sodas in retail stores (such as grocery stores). Not a very level playing field. Second, I can see convenience stores springing up at the edges of NYC hawking cigarettes, trans fats, salty stuff, super sized sodas, etc. Third, eventually the mob will start black marketing the stuff in the city, with payoffs to the police to keep quiet. I can see it now. A large box truck pulls into an alley and opens up the back and starts selling candy bars, bucket of soda, foot long cigarettes, etc. until the police come, pocket their take and a little something for the Bloomberg re-election campaign, before they have them move to a new location.
If more people stopped drinking soda, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings, but I think Mayor Busybodyberg should keep his nose out of it. Personally we don’t drink a lot of soda in this house because it doesn’t have any nutritional value and it doesn’t quench the thirst, but who am I to tell people what they should drink. I do like the occasional Rootbeer or Sprite. Are they going to end up outlawing it next or make it to where you have to be 21 to drink it?
I think if we had the gonads of our forefathers, it would be well past hanging time.
Sorry... I gave up just a few years ago when you couldn’t get 32 oz Pina Coladas at the Drive Through Daiquiri Shops in New Orleans ...
Government SUCKS ... nothing is ever better when you give them more power
Sometimes ya just need to put on a Grey Mao Uniform and Surrender (every day to the Media and the Do-Gooders).
Which doesn't give him the right to do the regulating, however...
We need Kojak to come back & put Mayor “I know everything” Bloomberg in his place.
I sure don’t think New Yorkers allowed him to bypass the term limits to get this for a result.
How many New Yorkers are going to stand still for this???
What’s next? How many eggs I can eat in one day? How much peanut butter I can put on my PBJ sandwich?
This is far out of the realm of a Mayor’s job!!!
Then allow me to introduce you to me, a non fat person who prefers diet sodas. You may catch me sometimes consuming a ginormous meal and washing it down with a Diet Coke.
Also when traveling in the south, I amaze waiters by telling them I want unsweetened tea. I simply don't like the taste of sugary drinks.
All that being said, government has no business telling me what to drink or what not to drink.
Chick-fil-a is the worst I've seen for that. The drive through line will wrap around the building twice, but you can park, walk in, get to a register with no waiting and be back at your car before the cars have moved three or four slots to the window.
I learned the hard way not to order “iced tea” when traveling in the south; no idea how anyone can drink sweat tea - nasty stuff. On the rare occasions I have a soft drink, I’ll have the real thing; as I also can’t stand the taste of artificial sweeteners.
I don't mind a sugar pack or two to cut the bitterness of some ice tea, but southern sweet tea tastes like they've pumped the entire annual sugar production of a Caribbean island into a cup and then added just enough tea to get it to partially dissolve.
I’m no fan of Bloomberg or this move, but NYC is as crowded as ever.
I’ve always heard that carbonation and sugar don’t actually quench the thirst. I know for me, sodas just make me thirstier.
Sweat tea. Mmmmm, salty.
“The drive through line will wrap around the building twice, but you can park, walk in, get to a register with no waiting and be back at your car before the cars have moved three or four slots to the window.”
I tried that the other day at a Burger King, but I think the drive-thru people were right - all of the effort was geared towards moving that line, and I think I would’ve been better off on that line. Maybe it was just something they do specifically at lunch time.
“Im no fan of Bloomberg or this move, but NYC is as crowded as ever.”
Bloomberg doesn’t think so; he wanted it to be a “sanctuary city” because so many people were fleeing. On 9/11 there were a lot of office vacancies in the WTC (so much so that people saw no point in rebuilding it if there was no demand for the space); northern NJ has had a lot of people and companies move over from Manhattan. NY lost some electoral power (as did NJ) in the last census; a lot of the new inhabitants don’t count because they are “undocumented”.
9/11 was 11 years ago!
NYC continues to have an influx of upper-income residents while, yes, plenty of illegals too. Look at real estate prices—purchase and rental—in NYC and the city is doing very well, even while managing above average unemployment largely due to strains in the financial sector.
Also, NYC continues to draw young talent nationwide that often ends up settling in the tri-state region when it comes to raising a family. (Though more are staying in Manhattan and Brooklyn all the time.)
Can I still get a 64 ounce sugar free soda?
aspertame rich sytho chem drinks are exempt.
(is this an investment ploy? Is genetically modified sugar beet goo exempt?)
will there be soda rationing too?
you have to buy two $2 cups vs one $3 cup.
will there be a per day limit?
How about those that sip one soda all day?
have a 2liter bottle in the office fridge?
and Bloomberg owns a financial reporting news network?
I think some areas of NYC are better off than others, but on the whole it is not doing well. I live a few miles from a mall that was built in the NJ Meadowlands to cater to NYC shoppers (we have a lower sales tax). This thing has an indoor ski slope and all; it was finished a few years ago, and it has never opened. It is very eerie to stand outside it; a brand-new, finished mall, less than 5 miles from Manhattan, and it never opened.
For something more recent than 11 years ago, remember Governor Paterson and Commissar Bloomberg insisting the banks that received bailouts still be permitted to pay bonuses?
They very frankly stated that the state of NY, as well as the city (which has its own income tax), were completely dependent on the taxes from those bonuses for their budgets. After 9/11, when the city was asked how they would replace the 343 firefighters that died, their response was: we won’t. The city is in bad shape, and while you mention people moving their, I can’t imagine what they are doing for work.
Of course they should have been permitted to pay their bonuses. We forced bailout money on even the healthy banks and if the banks didn’t pay bonuses to their top bankers, London, Hong Kong and Singapore would have been the beneficiaries—NYC, much the loser.
The City’s in great shape though not and never perfect. (And fire departments, while staffed by great guys, are one of the areas of major government fat in most cities.)
That mall not opening is a sign of the health of NYC, not the other way around. Sounds like it was conceived of the era that New Rochelle and other struggling fringe cities tried to lure shoppers with variations on an amusement park theme—a tacky trend that I’m glad didn’t succeed.
“That mall not opening is a sign of the health of NYC, not the other way around.”
NYC still empties into northern NJ for their shopping every Saturday (Bergen County has “Blue Laws” that keep most retailers closed on Sundays - they actually fought for an exemption for the never-opened mall); it didn’t open because they were a high-end shopping and entertainment mall at a time when most Americans have no money for “high-end” or entertainment.
When the Blue Laws were reviewed a few years back, and people asked if it was a Christian holdover from a bygone era, many non-Christians in Bergen County fought to keep the laws in place. Because of the influx of NYC shoppers into NJ, Sunday is the only day of the week when Bergen County residents can actually drive without horrible congestion.
"You ever tried going mad without power? It's boring, no one listens to you." - Russ Cargill (The Simpsons Movie)
Maybe people from the Bronx and Staten Island head to NJ to shop on Sunday, but those in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn overwhelmingly don’t.
OK; you apparently know more about it than I do (I would have no idea where they come from). In Bergen County nobody can shop on Sunday; to the south in Hudson (Jersey City, Secaucus - close to Manhattan) & Union County (Elizabeth - close to Staten Island) they can.
Here in northern NJ, NY state had toyed with the idea of sending investigators to our mall parking lots to chase down sales tax revenue (using the license plate of all the NY cars parked here); as one astute FReeper pointed out at the time the mall could probably have had them arrested for trespassing.
Again, they want it to be like Europe where you order a soda and get about four ounces of drink for about $7.00. The elites won’t rest until every bit of enjoyment the serfs have is so cost prohibitive we will have nothing left but sitting around in our 50 square meter flats staring at the walls.