New Yorkers Fizz Over Proposed Ban On Large Sugary Drinks
The mayor's assault on sugary drinks is causing something of a tempest in a soda cup among New Yorkers. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
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A 24-ounce ice cold cup of Coca-Cola could soon be an endangered species in New York City if Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way. And it's something that's not going down so well with most people.
"I don't think anybody should decide how much soda you should drink," said one New Yorker.
"People can make their own decisions," noted a second New Yorker.
The majority of people who spoke with NY1 in Downtown Brooklyn Thursday said their consumption of sugary sodas is their concern, not the mayor's.
"I guess it's a nice thought but I don't really think the city government should be dictating what people can or cannot put in their body," said one Brooklyn resident.
"I think it's going too far," said another. "I mean, I think he's got good intentions and it's probably better for your health but it just seems a little over the top."
"Even if they want to have something that's not healthy now and then, it should be people's choice," added a third Brooklyn resident.
With this latest proposed ban by the mayor it makes many people wonder what other bans he may be thinking about. For instance, take the sweet offerings that have made Junior's Cheesecake famous.
"This stuff here is so amazing and it's a treat, you know, and trying to put a ban on anything that we can buy that's not hurting anybody else but ourselves right? I don't know, I don't see a big problem with it," said one Junior's customer.
"I think that would be terrible. It's bad enough he wants to get rid of the sodas, you know, I like the sodas with the sugar in it because I don't have a weight problem," said another customer.
Some people who spoke with NY1 say they understand where the mayor is coming from in his latest health campaign to address obesity.
"I think it's good, you know, looking out for the people's health. Some people, you know, can't look out for their own health so he's looking out for them," said one New Yorker.
"I like it, I think it's great," said another. "I think that people shouldn't be drinking soda and this way they won't be drinking it, they won't have a choice."