#547 Sugar Tax

4th June 2018 in The River Runs Wild
#547 Sugar Tax
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FreyFox 4th Jun 2018, 12:00 AM edit delete
FreyFox
Yeah, I'm pretty riled about the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy, to the point I invented one in California for Transmission so the twins can feel my pain too :P

This strip was co-written by myself and Alex, who also coloured this one in too. Follow his work at https://alexraccoonglider.deviantart.com/
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Jake Elmer 4th Jun 2018, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
So are they really making their own drinks?
Cause I think I recalled a 'Woods for the Trees' story arc where Jess did the same thing and we all know how that ended. :P
FreyFox 4th Jun 2018, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
FreyFox
Oh gosh, I don't remember that! It's been a while since I last read Woods For The Trees...
Fox Of Kings Island 4th Jun 2018, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
Fox Of Kings Island
Hey, Cartman from South Park made hos pen drin as well.. until people found out what was inside of it. XP
GoodKaptainKook 4th Jun 2018, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
GoodKaptainKook
I feel like trying to tax soft drinks or take the sugar out of them is basically telling people they're unable to decide on their own whether or not to drink or eat healthily, and they need to do that for you. I blame people for getting themselves fat off the stuff, not the soft drink. I suppose by taking them away or making it far pricier than it is you could argue it is a good thing because it makes it harder for people to obtain it and saving people from themselves, but then you're unfairly punishing everyone who drinks responsibly. Does everybody have to suffer because of the actions of a few? Sadly in the eyes of many, yes a thousand times over.

It's the same sort of dealy with people blaming fast food for making them fat. You *chose* to eat them, the restaurant didn't decide for you. I can't believe the dude who actually sued McDonald's claiming it was *their* fault he became fat and unhealthy even got his case into the courtroom...
FreyFox 4th Jun 2018, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
FreyFox
I can't believe it either. The whole idea behind the UK Sugar Tax is that the money that is made from it goes into the NHS to treat patients who suffer from obesity. Whether it actually will or not is another matter. Similar Sugar Tax in Mexico did not yield the results that the government there wanted.
Fox Of Kings Island 4th Jun 2018, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
Fox Of Kings Island
So, they take sonething you love so you recreate it your way?

Thats like cheating with death. XP
FreyFox 4th Jun 2018, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
FreyFox
Yeah a bit risky :P
Fox Of Kings Island 4th Jun 2018, 2:32 PM edit delete reply
Fox Of Kings Island
Yeah, better have a lawyer by then guys.
Dan 4th Jun 2018, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
Taxes are the biggest pain. It’s not the same, but Cook County briefly taxed sweet drinks by charging an extra penny per ounce for any drinks with sugar in them. Not just soda, but also juice, sports drinks, flavored water, etc.

Thankfully it only lasted four months.
FreyFox 4th Jun 2018, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
FreyFox
What led to its repeal?
Catsnightmare 6th Jun 2018, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
I don't know for sure but probably similar to what happened here in Austin TX when the plastic grocery bag ban happened. People deliberately drove all the way out of the county to do their grocery shopping to dodge whatever stupid tax/ban, which hurt local businesses bad enough that they rallied together to repeal the tax in short order.
Long Tom 6th Jun 2018, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
A very big public outcry against it, much of it from food and drink retailers.
Dan 7th Jun 2018, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
Low sales. Can’t pay taxes when you buy outside Cook County

If you lived close to the county border like I do you just cross the county line and buy soda there.
Shaggy 4th Jun 2018, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
I am a Mountain Dew lover!!! Just sayin XD
David31 6th Jun 2018, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
I'm with Linda on this one. Hibernating would at best just keep the waistline as is. :D You would think they would know that, but then the twins are probably more a custom to how engines work, then the typical body, except for knowing about the essentials that is. ;) LOL.
Drako 17th Jun 2018, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure you should give California ideas like that. They may act on it. I think New York City already has something like that.
Warner Republic 28th Jun 2018, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Warner Republic
A creative, satirically way of expressing your disappointment at stupid strict health laws. I hope this sugar levy will end soon in the future, Frey.

And hopefully, due to my home-state being progressive and liberal-dominated, which is nice, they won't notice the UK sugar levy and follow this to combat child obesity here in Washington, even though it's not a problem here.