Should Chicago Ban Red Bull? Patch's Energetic Readers Sound Off

Ald. Ed Burke recently proposed a city-wide ban of energy drinks

Those of you craving a Red Bull will have to travel to the suburbs if one Chicago alderman has his way. 

Ald. Ed Burke recently proposed that the city institute a ban on energy drinks. His proposal calls for a fine of $100 to $500 if a business is caught selling highly caffeinated drinks, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Burke's proposal argues the drinks are harmful to the public health and points out that scientists have discovered that the drinks have, "dangerous, even life-threatening, effects on blood pressure, heart rate and brain function."

We shared the proposal with our Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Facebook fans. Here is what they had to say.

Adam Wiers: Maybe we should focus more on any number of the actual problems that plague this city and less on stupid stuff. Just a thought.

Jamie Marie Stahulak: So then all the people from Chicago go to the suburbs to buy it? Mayb he should focus on Chicago having the highest murder rate in the country!

Maria McAdrian: There is a large increase in emergency room visits due to these energy drinks.

Margie McKeever Love: Burke would be the expert on what I should put into my refrigerator... with our city and state rocketing to financial disaster under these circus clown politicians they now intend to legislate our grocery choices.

and the line of the day goes to . . .

Keith Werosh: Dumb. This whole thing makes me want to eat copious amounts of foie gras.

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What do you think about the proposed ban?


Jibbury January 25, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Big lovernment, high taxes and less liberties? Why did I move to IL? Heading back to tx as soon as I can find a job.
Chicago Bars January 26, 2013 at 04:21 PM
The ban would NOT include Red Bull in it's regular size (11oz) cans. It would ban many other energy drinks. Go read a Red Bull can & then go read the ordinance. It's that easy to report this accurately.


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