And yet, maybe predictably so, a social media storm is erupting over Philly’s brand new soda tax, which went into effect two days ago. Images of receipts and promises to drink only water (which, frankly, might not be the worst idea) are clogging Twitter feeds.
It’s true – maybe we didn’t know how bad it would be. The tax, which will benefit parks, recreation centers, libraries, pre-K and community schools, is applied at the distributor level – meaning it’s unclear exactly how much of it will be passed on to retailers and then to customers. But with distributors long fuming over the levy, you can expect soda companies to do whatever they can to ease their own brunt. Plus, many stores are reportedly adding the full cost of the tax – 1.5 cents per ounce – directly onto the retail price. Other shops are adding a separate line item on receipts, reading “Philly Bev Tax.”
From a Facebook post, the Philadelphia sugary drink tax implemented today damn, between that & Pennsylvania gas tax no wonder folk revolted pic.twitter.com/ZUtmufCyQn
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) January 2, 2017
Here’s what people have to say about it, including some complaints:
— LaRange (@LadySag1219) January 3, 2017
— Jim (@jgaynor0730) January 3, 2017
— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) January 1, 2017
I'm really hating this soda tax shit.
— Shakur Green (@ShakurGreen) January 3, 2017
New soda tax in Philly. $2 can of soda now $3. That's ok. It's not really your money, right? https://t.co/fIv1lGqVOG
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 3, 2017
Looks like the only drink I'll be buying in philly is water. The soda tax is crazy
— Coady (@CoadyClarhaut) January 3, 2017
And some defenses:
So are some grocery stores just marking up prices of unsweetened items and blaming it on the soda tax?
— Jon Geeting (@jongeeting) January 3, 2017
@stuntbrain has Philadelphia ever heard of the Soda Stream appliance? make ur own sugary carbonated beverages and flip off the soda tax
— Danny Statuti (@DanStatuti70) January 3, 2017
Anyone bitchin about the soda tax. U can go buy a 24 pack of water for 4$.
— EastAtlantaSanta (@DaBarber215) January 3, 2017
Loving the angry soda tax pictures on my FB feed. Mwahahaha you sugar drinking heathens!
— Jake Brown (@Versuhtyle) January 3, 2017
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