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Toast Your Marriage with a Bottle of Soy Milk in S.F. City Hall

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Coke: The champagne of fattening death beverages

Congrats Rice-a-Roni eaters, you're now welcome to come down and file for a marriage license at San Francisco's city hall any time. However, you won't be able to toast your union with a full-sugar Coke bought on the premises.

An April directive from San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has started to kick in, and vending machines on city property will soon be stocked with delicious soy milk, but no Coca-Cola Classic.

[Banned beverages include] non-diet sodas, sports drinks and artificially sweetened water. Juice must be 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice with no added sweeteners. Diet sodas can be no more than 25 percent of the items offered, the directive says.

There should be "ample choices" of water, "soy milk, rice milk and other similar dairy or non dairy milk," says the directive, which also covers fat and sugar content in vending machine snacks.

Remember: We're no longer talking just about vending machines in schools—the thin end of the wedge on restrictions about what the country's fatties drink—but machines that cater to grown-ups. People capable of, for instance, administering the city government of San Francisco. But not of selecting a beverage to go with their lunch, apparently.

In positive vending machine news, Japan's first banana vending machine commenced operation last week.