The city’s restaurant industry wants you to think it’s opposed to Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on many sugary drinks 16 ounces or larger because it’ll hurt their bottom line.
But such a ban would actually put more money in the industry’s pockets.
“But how?” you say.
Well, now that they can’t can’t sell you a 32-ounce cup for, say, $2, they can now sell you two 16-ounce cups instead for, say, $1.50. Do the math! Even at fast food restaurants and movie theatres that offer free refills, they’ll be refilling a — you guessed it! — smaller cup.
Less product given out for free = padding the bottom line!
Your standard cup sizes at most food service establishments, BTW?
- 12 ounces (kids)
- 21 ounces (“small”)
- 32 ounces (“medium”)
- 44 ounces (“large”)
Standardizing a 16-ounce cup will be an inconvenience for the food service industry, that’s for sure. But once they start making the cups, all they gotta do is sell them and believe me, restaurants will sell them at whatever price point they damned well please so give me another argument as to why the city shouldn’t ban these drinks like “drinking that much soda on a regular basis might kill you” or something and not this whiny restaurant industry argument which has as much appeal as a 16-ounce cup of bullshit.