May 30, 2012: Mayor Bloomberg Seeks to Restrict Large Sugary Drinks
People were unhappy with the soda ban from the start. With a new nickname, "Nanny Bloomberg," the mayor of New York City immediately sought to show that the ban was not to limit consumer choice, but to fight growing obesity rates. He told The New York Times, "Your argument, I guess, could be that it’s a little less convenient to have to carry two 16-ounce drinks to your seat in the movie theater rather than one 32-ounce... I don’t think you can make the case that we’re taking things away."