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Should plastic straws be banned — and are they worse than illegal immigration? Californians weigh in

PragerU's Will Witt took to the streets of Santa Barbara, California, to find out if folks there actually believe plastic straws should be banned. (Image source: Facebook video screenshot)

Santa Barbara — one of California's many coastal meccas — last month passed an ordinance prohibiting plastic straws from being handed out at restaurants, bars, and similar establishments.

And the measure — set to go into effect next year — carries harsh penalties. First-time offenders will receive written warnings, but second offenses could earn straw culprits fines of up to $1,000 and a six months in the slammer.

With that, PragerU's Will Witt took to the streets of Santa Barbara to find out if folks there actually believe plastic straws should be banned.

And apparently they do. With gusto.

"Hell, yeah, they should," one woman replied when asked if straws should get the boot.

Another woman couldn't have agreed more, adding that plastic straws are "bad for the environment, and they cause a lot of pollution, and they kill the baby sea turtles."

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

When asked if businesses should make the choice about using plastic straws or if the government should tell them what to do, she replied that Uncle Sam should "tell them" to stop using plastic straws.

Witt seemed to throw an obvious softball to the first woman in the clip, asking her what was worse: plastic straws or illegal immigration?

She responded with a laugh at the ridiculous question — but apparently defined "ridiculous" a little differently.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

"Oh my God, plastic straws!" she said, giggling intensely and barely believing it was any contest.

Check out the Witticisms:



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