New York law banning sale of whipped cream chargers sparks controversy

A New York law that has been in place for months has sparked controversy after convenience store owners across the state began telling customers they would have to be 21 to buy boxes of whipped cream. The law, which took effect in November, prohibits the sale of whipped cream chargers — not cans — to customers under 21, because the small cartridges of nitrous oxide gas called whippets can be inhaled to smash. Boxes of whipped cream were not included in the bill, but some convenience store owners also began checking customers’ driver’s licenses for these products. “It was initially unclear if this ban extended to boxes of whipped cream,” according to an email from the New York Association of Convenience Stores sent to the New York Post. “In order to be on the safe side, many stores have started requiring ID for whipped cream.”

The internet is split on this outdoor restaurant theft

Should a restaurant pay for a meal that went cold after one of its customers was robbed outside? That’s the question dividing TikTok this week after a video documenting the aftermath of an outdoor restaurant burglary went viral. In the video, user @thelipsticklesbians recounts a meal at Walter’s restaurant in Fort Greene, in which a biker drove past the restaurant and snatched his bag just as the food from the table arrived. After failing to catch the thief, she returned to a table of cold dishes – and later, a check with the full price of the meal. Is the restaurant fixing an incident it has nothing to do with? “Absolutely not,” replied one user. Another commenter was less sure: “I mean how you gonna pay if you just got robbed.”

GoPuff now monitors its own delivery people

GoPuff, one of several companies vying for fast delivery supremacy in New York right now, is caught in a dust after neighbors at one of its Upper East Side stores mounted complaints against delivery people who talk loudly, smoke and double parking. The international delivery company has since hired a security guard to prevent its employees from ‘disturbing the neighbours’, according to the New York Post. Rival fast delivery company Gorillas called the move an “unusual move”.

Ask an enemy

New Yorkers took to Twitter earlier this week in response to a prompt asking “poor quality but expensive” restaurants that could be sent to an enemy. Users chimed in with recommendations that included the Smith, Sbarro – “Order a whole pie” – Tao, Carbone and “anything at the South Street Seaport”. A similar issue took off in other cities last month.

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