GOP California Rep. Devin Nunes tied bans on single-use plastic straws to socialism after a visit to a restaurant on Saturday.
“At restaurant tonight waitress asks if we want straws,” the lawmaker tweeted. “Says she has to ask now in fear of ‘THE STRAW POLICE.’ Welcome to Socialism in California!”
At restaurant tonight waitress asks if we want straws. Says she has to ask now in fear of “THE STRAW POLICE”. Welcome to Socialism in California!
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) March 10, 2019
A new law took effect earlier this year that barred restaurants in California from giving patrons single-use plastic straws unless one is requested in an effort to reduce ocean waste.
Nunes’s tweet was widely mocked on social media:
The key thing people fail to understand about the STRAW POLICE is that, beneath the uniform, they’re just straw men. https://t.co/yQlQFQUcoN
— Tim Carvell (@timcarvell) March 10, 2019
People are saying he made this up, but I'm 99% sure the server was just making a light hearted joke and this humorless plank took it seriously. https://t.co/93MFKuVztF
— Jennifer Unkle (@jbu3) March 10, 2019
Paper straws are very annoying, but having to ask for a plastic straw is not remotely close to "socialism". https://t.co/6wXZkm66rY
— Cullen Roche (@cullenroche) March 10, 2019
Last night, a waiter asked me if I wanted water with my meal. SOCIALISM! https://t.co/pPoHkjhbsQ
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) March 10, 2019
BTW, did you have to ask for the government farm subsidies your family got, or were you just given them? Socialism?
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) March 10, 2019
Single use plastic such as straws, plastic soda cups and cutlery represents the greatest source of plastic pollution which was the focus of last year's United Nations World Environment Day which is held annually on the 5th of June.
So yeah the "Straw Police" are a good thing.
— Anthony Ashburton (@PebusPebus) March 10, 2019