There is a madness in the air in California. It descends like a steel veil over the mind and the imagination. In Santa Barbara it has reached its nadir.
The city of Santa Barbara has passed an ordinance that will allow restaurant employees to be punished with up to six months of jail time or a $1,000 fine for giving plastic straws to their customers.
The bill was passed unanimously last Tuesday, and covers bars, restaurants, and other food-service businesses. Establishments will still be allowed to hand out plastic stirrers, but only if customers request them.You know, this does create a new market. Steel straws will soon be in demand although copper straws will do in a pinch.