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New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's much-maligned ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces takes effect next week. Lots of restaurants are scrambling to change the size of their drinks to make sure they comply. But not Starbucks.
The reason: Starbucks isn't certain whether the rules really apply. For one, many of the drinks there are more than 50 percent milk - that makes for an exception. For another, customers add their own sugar.
I went to a Starbucks in Penn Station for 1010 WINS to talk to customers. To a person, they applauded the company for standing up to the mayor. They see it as a rights issue. The customer's right to decide. Starbuck's right to offer whatever size beverage they want.
So for now, at least, venti sized drinks remain on the menu in New York City.