Assemblyman Calderon tried to figure out how to make the law effective and work. But with his liberal logic, he didn't choose the establishment owner with the responsibility, he chose the wait staff instead. So, in addition to the responsibility for serving heavy numbers in a short period of time and keeping orders and bills straight, the lowly food server is responsible for the management of plastic straws. If a customer asks for a straw, that's okay, but if the server gives a straw to a customer who didn't ask for one, he's guilty of violating the law. And the punishment can be up to one thousand dollars per occurrence and even jail time. You can't make this stuff up.
Now normally I would say that it's not something to worry about, that no legislative body would pass such a bill into law. But we're talking about California, folks, where hard working business people are leaving in droves and the newcomers come with a hand out, seeking largesse from captive taxpayers. And the legislature, along with Governor "Moonbeam" Brown have played the lead role in all of that action. So, don't be surprised if the law is enacted.
We can argue over whether or not a straw law of any type should even be considered, but the fact is that since this law only applies to full service, sit down restaurants, not fast food or cafe establishments, it's purpose is dubious at best. The desire to cut back on non-degradable garbage in the form of packaging and food utensils is always a good idea, but this one is insane at best. And the problem with the elimination of straws also ties to cleanliness. After all, have you ever considered how unsanitary the average cup is, considering who handled it and where their hands have been. Maybe we just need to go back to the old fashioned paper straws that worked so well in the past.
All I can say is that the Hotel California is alive and well in Sacramento. Just sayin'... It might be trivial, but remember trends always begin on the Left Coast. Keep your eyes open.