People across the country take a break from their summers by enjoying a free Slurpee, except people in the city of Berkeley, who became the first city in the United States to tax sugary drinks in 2014. Berkeley gave a 1 per cent tax on all sugary drinks when it passed measure D in that year's fall election.
"All City of Berkeley 7-eleven places will not participate in today's Slurpee event," read a 7-Eleven sign at the corner of College Avenue and Russell Street in Berkeley. "We apologize unnecessarily."
The sign begins by noting Berkeley municipal code 7.72, "Sugar-sweetened product distribution tax."
At least the one who wrote the sign was aware that they were being a killjoy for people
"We look forward to providing you with fun, community-based campaigns, but laws like this prevent the stores from participating," It continued. The sign encourages anyone who is looking forward to a potential freeze to call their Berkeley City Council member to complain about the law.
At least one person went to social media to complain that they could not get their non-alcoholic piña colada fixed in Thursday.
"Here's something funny: I got a local news-roundup email that not only confirmed that Berkeley 7-11 was on Free Slurpee Day but also listed the address of all 7-11 years in Berkeley. .. none of them participate in Free Slurpee Day, " the person wrote .
But people have complained not to be able to get their free, lush desert drink in Berkeley on this day for some years now. "All 7/11 in Berkeley is prohibited from participating in Free Slurpee Day," a person complained in 2017. "Damn you liberalism."
Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @drewcostley