Down with the espresso tax!
SEATTLE -- About 200 people - coffee roasters, espresso bar owners and ordinary caffeine lovers - staged a protest against a proposed espresso tax on Sunday.
"I'm here on behalf of my wholesale customers who cannot afford this unfair tax," said Neal Brown, wholesale director for Zoka Coffee House in the city's Green Lake neighborhood.
Initiative 77 would add a 10-cent tax to espresso drinks, raising money for preschool and day care programs. The measure is up for a vote on Sept. 16 in Seattle.
Calling the protest their version of the Boston Tea Party, demonstrators marched from Zoka to Green Lake, where they dumped burlap bags into the water.
They looked like coffee bags, but were filled with balloons to keep them from sinking so they could be retrieved after the protest, said Susan Majerus, who helped organize the demonstration.
Oh, go ahead and read the rest. Sheesh. I don't know which is funnier, the tax, or the protest.