It's just three weeks before New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's soda ban goes into effect and state residents are less than happy and not afraid to voice their opinions about it.
Set to be approved on September 13, the plan will prohibit sales of large sugary drinks in city restaurants, stadiums and movie theaters.
According to a poll taken by the New York Times, 6 in 10 residents said the mayor's soda plan was a bad idea, while 36 percent called it a good idea. In addition, half of New Yorkers said they drink at least one soda a week while one-third indulge in several.
While the proposal has inflamed a national debate over skyrocketing obesity rates – and many state residents agree that it has potential health benefits – those who are opposed claim that the mayor is overreaching his rule and consumers have the right to make a personal choice.
"The ban is at the point where it is an infringement of civil liberties," Liz Hare, a scientific researcher in Queens, said to the news source. "There are many other things that people do that aren't healthy, so I think it's a big overreach."
The American Beverage Association stands by the argument that there is little correlation between soft drinks and obesity, according to the news source. Association members could stand to lose millions of dollars in revenue if Bloomberg's plan is approved.
Companies and organizations need to make themselves readily available for customers to voice questions and concerns. Working with an outsourced call center will allow consumers to get in contact with a live representative at any time through phone calls, emails or text messages.