Residents from across the country take a break from the summer enjoying a free Slurpee, with the exception of those in the city of Berkeley, which has become the first city in the United States to tax sweetened beverages in 2014. Berkeley adopted a 1 cent tax on all sweetened beverages when it adopted measure D in the fall elections this year.
"All sites in the city of Berkeley 7-Eleven will be do not attend the Slurpee event today, "read a sign on 7-Eleven at the corner of College Avenue and Russell Street in Berkeley." We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. "
The panel begins by listing City Code 7.72 of Berkeley, "Tax for the Distribution of Sweetened Products".
At least those who wrote the sign seemed to know that they were a source of joy for those seeking to blow themselves up on sugar, flavors and ice.
"We look forward to providing you with fun and community-based promotions, but such laws prevent stores from participating," he continued. This poster encourages anyone considering a potential brain drain to call their Berkeley City Council member to complain about the law.
At least one person went on social media to complain about not being able to fix his alcohol-free piña colada on Thursday.
"Here's something fun: I've received an e-mail of local information confirming not only the participation of the Berkeley 7-11 at Free Slurpee Day, but also the address of every 7-11 of Berkeley … none of which participates in Free Slurpee Day, " the person wrote.
But people have complained about not being able to get their free ice desert drink in Berkeley that day for a few years now. "Berkeley 7/11 is forbidden to participate in Free Slurpee Day", a person has complaint in 2017. "Fucking liberalism."
Drew Costley is a SFGATE editorial assistant. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @drewcostley