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Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant

posted 5/3/2013 12:39:12 PM |
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was denied a second slice of pizza today at an Italian eatery in Brooklyn.

The owners of Collegno's Pizzeria say they refused to serve him more than one piece to protest Bloomberg's proposed soda ban,which would limit the portions of soda sold in the city.

Bloomberg was having an informal working lunch with city comptroller John Liu at the time and was enraged by the embarrassing prohibition. The owners would not relent, however, and the pair were forced to decamp to another restaurant to finish their meal.

Witnesses say the situation unfolded when as the two were looking over budget documents, they realized they needed more food than originally ordered.
"Hey, could I get another pepperoni over here?" Bloomberg asked owner Antonio Benito.

"I'm sorry sir," he replied, "we can't do that. You've reached your personal slice limit."

Mayor Bloomberg, not accustomed to being challenged, assumed that the owner was joking.

"OK, that's funny," he remarked, "because of the soda thing ... No come on. I'm not kidding. I haven't eaten all morning, just send over another pepperoni."
"I'm sorry sir. We're serious," Benito insisted. "We've decided that eating more than one piece isn't healthy for you, and so we're forbidding you from doing it."
"Look jackass," Bloomberg retorted, his anger boiling, "I fucking skipped breakfast this morning just so I could eat four slices of your pizza. Don't be a schmuck, just get back to the kitchen and bring out some fucking pizza, okay."
"I'm sorry sir, there's nothing I can do," the owner repeated. "Maybe you could go to several restaurants and get one slice at each. At least that way you're walking. You know, burning calories."

Witnesses say a fuming Bloomberg and a bemused Liu did indeed walk down the street to a rival pizzeria , ordered another slice and finished their meeting.
New York's so-called "soda ban" would have limited the size of sweetened beverages served in restaurants to 16 oz (0.5 liters). The plan, backed by Mayor Bloomberg, is currently being held up by a U.S. district court.
Bloomberg has been the mayor of New York City since 2002. Theretofore he was the CEO of Bloomberg LP, the world's leading financial data firm. His personal fortune is estimated at around $27 billion.

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May 3 @ 1:12PM  
Good. Now maybe he has an idea of how citizens feel about his wanting to tell them what size soda they can drink.

I understand the whole idea behind wanting to "help" those who will not help them selves, but, still, this is supposed to be a free country where citizens are supposed to make their own decisions, not government holding our hands telling us "no, that is too much, it's not good for you".

Yes, there is a serious lack of common sense out there. I agree. Yes, people have expanding waistlines. It's their waist line, not mine, it's not up to me to tell someone they can't eat or drink something because it's making them fat. It's up to them and their doctor. Free country. We need to remember what that is supposed to mean.


May 3 @ 1:32PM  
Interesting demonstration of freedom of speech

May 3 @ 2:20PM  
Kudos to the pizzeria owner, but see how long it takes for him to be inspected by the New York City Health Dept, the Sanitation Dept., the Code Enforcement Office, the Fire Department, the NYS Labor Dept, and audited by the NYC Income Tax office.

May 3 @ 2:49PM  
Then when all these audits and inspections come about, which I am sure they will, will the local media jump on it with any gusto? Or at all, just think of what a great story it would make, Small business owner stands up and mayor knocks him down.

May 3 @ 5:54PM  
I have to wonder how much of it was protest and how much was a publicity stunt by the pizzeria, After all now everyone is hearing their name and free advertisement is always a good thing,

May 3 @ 5:59PM  
Rhonda, I know you're for what this idiot mayor is doing, but whether or not it was a promotional part on the owner, he has every right to do what he did to that mayor considering the mayor has his nose up everyones asses! [e19}

I and a lot of people applaud this owner for taking on the little dictator. I'm sure most of New York loves this too.

May 3 @ 9:03PM  
Well, if he doesn't like how he is treated in the food businesses, with his money, he can build many pizzerias around the city (kinda like a pizza stash) and eat as many pizzas as he wants, until he looks like one. Problem solved!!

I wouldn't put it past Bloomberg to send a health, building and other inspectors to that pizzeria and find all kinds of reasons to shut it down and cost the owner $1000s to come up to regulation, for retaliation! You heard it from me first!


May 4 @ 6:39PM  
This is NOT true! It was written as a satire. If anyone reads the entire article... and it's relatively brief, you'll know it was a spoof.
it was a spoof!

May 4 @ 6:51PM  
Looks like you're right.

Article about this

I'm not familiar with the dailycurrent, as I got this elsewhere. No doubt is was believable enough, and I along with a lot of others can see it happening.

Oh well, I guess I will try to make sure things actually happen before posting it. That's the best I can do.

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Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant