Mayor Bloomberg Plans to Ban Drive-Thrus, Bring “Exercise” to Fast Food Restaurants
By Sunny Yan
NEW YORK — In a greater effort to fight national obesity, New York Mayor Bloomberg has gone beyond his initial proposal to outlaw “oversized” sugary beverages and is now calling for a ban on all drive-thrus in fast food restaurants.
This initiative would force all customers get out of the car and physically walk through the drive-thru to order, pay, and receive their food. In addition, gym equipment will be placed throughout the drive-thru line so that customers would be forced to exercise while waiting.
“When you order food in a drive-thru, you’re going to be waiting anyways,” Bloomberg explained. “So if you spent the time you would normally wait in your car working out on the elliptical, we can solve this epidemic. We believe we can fight obesity by forcing customers to work out on the elliptical for their Big Macs.”
Bloomberg’s proposal has been met with much opposition, especially from those who feel that it infringes on individual rights and freedom of choice.
“I don’t like the mayor’s ban,” seven-year-old Lizzie McBeth said. McBeth was arrested last Saturday afternoon when her father dragged her in a wagon through a McDonald’s drive-thru. NYPD said that the wagon clearly violated the ban on vehicular transportation in drive-thrus and arrested her on charges of “displaying public potential for obesity.” When asked if she understood what she was being charged for, Lizzie replied, “I think the mayor just called me fat. I don’t think that’s very nice.”
In response to the criticism, Bloomberg has said, “We aren’t taking away your right to do something—we’re just changing what you’re doing when you’re doing it.”