Tax drive-through food

 

By Bruce Rhodes

 

May 27, 2007

 

Re "Would we give up drive-through coffee for planet?" column by Dave Teetzel, May 17.

 

If politicians won't ban drive-through facilities, they should implement a pollution tax that would add, say, 25% to the cost of items bought at drive-through windows.

 

Motorists would then have a financial incentive to park their cars, shut off their engines, and stretch their legs as they walked into the restaurant.

To address part of the fast-food litter problem, our restaurants could copy the system I saw last summer at World Cup matches in Germany.

 

Stadium concessions charged a $1.50 deposit on thick-gauge cups in which beer and pop were sold. Customers either returned the cups for their refund, or kept
them as souvenirs.

 

I saw no cups thrown away.