California Fining ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Participants for Wasting Water

Aug 15, 2014

icebucketchallengeLocal authorities in California are handing out massive fines to anyone participating in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" fundraiser on the grounds they are wasting water.

In Los Angeles, which is living through its worst drought in generations, the Department of Water & Power and the Police Department have long been cracking down on unnecessary water usage.

At first there were simple restrictions, such as limiting the watering of landscapes, boats, aircrafts etc. But now the “Water Police” have targeted people participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign meant to raise awareness for the rare neurological disorder Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The challenge  involves participants video taping themselves pouring ice water onto their heads,  then challenging their friends to do the same. Those who refuse are pressured to donate $100 to the disease.

“We're saving a lot of time since people are posting their crime directly to social media,” said Chip Masters, the president of the Department of Water and power. “One day, my entire Facebook feed was filled with these attention hungry morons pouring gallons of ice water over themselves. I couldn't believe it.

"I did the math and realized that thousands of gallons of water were being wasted, in the middle of one of the most terrible droughts California has seen in decades.”

It was then Masters joined with the police force and new water restriction were instated. As of Aug. 15, any person or persons who are participating in the ice bucket challenge will be fined $500, as part of the Water Conservation Act.

Within seconds, Masters saw a USC sorority post a video of the entire 50-person chapter standing on their house steps in bikinis, as they took turns pouring roughly 5 gallons of ice cubes over their heads. The video is about 20 minutes long as each sister goes on to nominate their “BFFAEAEs (Best Friends For Ever And Ever).”

The sorority was fined $500 a person for their Ice bucket challenge video. Totaling in about $25,000 in fines, roughly a third of the tuition for the University. The sorority is expected to have wasted over 250 gallons of water, which is almost enough to fill a hot tub.

Greek Austerity

Tiffani Tanya Thomas, the president of USC’s Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter, said, “I did it for the ice bucket challenge. It just sucks we got caught and now have to pay all this money.

“I mean, we’re in college so obviously we’re poor. I can’t even. I mean sure, I still have my daddy’s credit card. Who doesn’t?! But I’m saving up for Coachella next year. And molly and Urban Outfitters are like super expensive, ya know? But whatever, it’s worth it.

“Hopefully this fine will help raise even more awareness for suffering students that are learning English as a second language.” Thomas thought ESL, English As A Second Language, and ALS are the same thing.

The city of Los Angeles is urging all people to stop posting Ice Bucket Challenge videos in conservation of water. “Perhaps these idiots can make it the Ice Cup challenge or do something really crazy and actually donate money to the disease?”

The fines collected will be split between the LAPD and the DWP. None of the fines collected will be donated to ALS.

  • sm

    Oh come on it’s for charity!!!

  • DASKAT

    The law is the law….

  • xenol

    So you’re okay with making even more people suffer in the name of charity.

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  • ZzLiGHTNiNGzZ

    that water is not for charity. money is charity.

  • cameronmm

    I call bullshit. I don’t buy it for a second.

  • MysteryPies

    What do you not understand about EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHTS?

    Do you realize 30 million lives are at stake from that?

    There has to be another productive way to support ALS…idk, eating a whole row of oreos? There has to be another way.

    Absolutely astounding how people just don’t care about conservation anymore.

  • David Corby

    Way more than 30 million lives at stake. California feeds a lot of people outside the state and a lot of the economy is agriculture driven.

  • k4j

    he called them attention hungry morons! l0l i am done is that how a professional should act? go back to the hood you came from!

  • http://Twerking.com Mapleman10

    What people are saying here is right. This was made as a “fundraiser” to donate to ALS. There are many flaws that have to be seen about this challenge.

    First off, no official charity.
    Secondly, pouring water on your head doesn’t help anyone, it just makes you look stupid and you should feel stupid for doing it.
    Lastly, California’s in drought and people just wasting water carelessly isn’t a great sign of inside or logical thinking.
    Just my opinion on this matter.

  • Robert Harris

    Do YOU realize this is satire?

  • Robert Harris

    Lastly .. this article is satire.

  • Bob Wang

    “I mean, we’re in college so obviously we’re poor. I can’t even. I
    mean sure, I still have my daddy’s credit card. Who doesn’t?! But I’m
    saving up for Coachella next year. And molly and Urban Outfitters are
    like super expensive, ya know? But whatever, it’s worth it.

    “Hopefully this fine will help raise even more awareness for
    suffering students that are learning English as a second language.”
    Thomas thought ESL, English As A Second Language, and ALS are the same thing.

    LMAO i am laughing hella hard. Typical white frat girls. Well put them on my bed, I will teach them a lesson. ESL LMAO

  • brikkijim

    Who’s to say they did not use Saltwater with bags of ice??? The town must prove they used tap water. I wouldn’t pay.

  • Donnie Anderson

    So many idiots in the comments lol..

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  • http://www.splinterslair.com splinter48708

    Solution for those living near the ocean. get a bucket of salt water, throw a bunch of ice in it for 30 minutes or so or some dry ice for really cold water, go into the ocean, like just where the waves are coming in, and do the challenge. As long as you show on camera how the water is harvested, chilled, and returned to the ocean, the idiots issuing the fines got nothing.

    Also, the same can be said for rivers/lakes in the region. So, what do your California tyrants have to say about that??

  • GFURSLF

    So boring when someone points this out. You’ll stop the flow of ignorance in its tracks.

  • GFURSLF

    Since I got caught and fined, all my FB friends have refused, which means $100 for the English students.

  • Goyoman

    PEOPLE!…Satire! Don’t get your panties in a bunch

  • tomdfw1

    Yet they welcome illegal immigrants in and give them tax dollars, food, phones, housing, education and health care….ohhhh and lots of water to bathe and drink and flush. Dumb liberals!

  • GoodbyeUSA

    The average household uses 4000 gallons of water per month watering their lawn. About 50,000 per year. To fine these girls $25k for pouring 250 gallons of water on their head epitomizes the stupidity that is the left. How effing much dumber can liberals get? Really, I am shocked by how ignorant left-wingers are. STFU already.

  • drunknuncle

    Greek Austerity

    Tiffani Tanya Thomas, the president of USC’s Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter, said, “I did it for the ice bucket challenge. It just sucks we got caught and now have to pay all this money.

    “I mean, we’re in college so obviously we’re poor. I can’t even. I mean sure, I still have my daddy’s credit card. Who doesn’t?! But I’m saving up for Coachella next year. And molly and Urban Outfitters are like super expensive, ya know? But whatever, it’s worth it.
    The fines collected will be split between the LAPD and the DWP. None of the fines collected will be donated to ALS.

    “All sorority gurls must have their molly.” ;-D….

    http://dailycurrant.com/2014/08/15/california-fining-ice-bucket-challenge-participants-for-wasting-water/

  • RC

    Ok, so you were suckered into thinking this was real, but even then….How do walks or runs help? These things raise awareness. It doesn’t matter what’s being done as long as people are into it and it’s not causing any harm.

  • ButtercupKelley

    Is this a freakin’ joke?

  • Johnny Wilson

    Yeah, the left really has to do with how this is a satire website.

  • Sweet

    Hahahahah…thought I was reading a real article until it got to the sorority girl’s comments…though I could just picture that! lol Zuckerbergs “pocket change” and “important people” are hilarious, too. Still giggling

  • Matt Deutchman

    You should worry more about that massive leak at UCLA….

  • billypuntove

    but also, it’s a fake news website…..

  • Jimothy Jones

    I almost feel like this is a good representation of what happens when someone finally points out the satire.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2BgjH_CtIA

  • DavidH

    “We’re saving a lot of time since people are posting their crime directly to social media,” their crime?? really?? what a c*nt the only crime here is all the chemicals you put in the water

  • GoodbyeUSA

    Yeah, I know this is satire. But yet my facebook page is still blowing up from my liberal friends begging me not to pour a bucket of water over my head. That’s what makes it satire, you dummass. It is mocking the actual thoughts and opinions of you reh-tards.

  • GoodbyeUSA

    See Guest comment below, for why the satire is an exact reflection of liberal life in California.

  • captain_pudding

    They’re almost as dumb as people who don’t realize they’re reading a comedy article on a comedy website . . .

  • captain_pudding

    If you think facts can stop stupid people from getting offended by things that didn’t happen, you need to spend more time on the internet :P

  • Volttekka

    Serves these idiots right. Dumping ice and water on your head is by no means a rational way to raise attention for ALS, or anything for that matter.

  • 510Sunshine

    It would be kinda cool if it were true so they could donate the fines collected to ALS. But, of course that would never happen.

  • Donna Lampkin

    I had to read the comments just to see how many people thought this was real. Do you not see the big SATIRE warning before the article? Do you own a dictionary? For the believers, Charlie Sheen just did it with no water. He had $10,000 in the bucket instead. No fine for Charlie

  • Scot Conway

    On one hand, it might seem ridiculous that a lot of people don’t realize it’s satire. But then I thought “California authorities and HOAs actually DID have a controversy in which homeowners were being fined for brown lawns or fined for watering lawns – and there was no way out. So for California, I guess this really isn’t that big of the leap.”

  • Theryl McCoy

    Yeah, thanks a lot dude! I was quite enjoying all the comments of people not getting it until you showed up. Mr Donnie Downer :(

    Your post is worse than facebook inserting their [satire] disclaimer.

  • 5ladyzen6

    RIDICULOUS!!

  • http://theboxofficejunkie.com Reebee7

    It didn’t seem implausible until the sorority stuff…

  • NotToBeAnAssBut

    Except that it is harmful. Hence the drought part. Getting involved with charities and donating money are great things to do. Dumping water on yourself for the sake of dumping water (with no mention of ALS, a specific charity, or declaration of actually doing something productive) is not so great.

  • E Jason

    Even though you think it’s satire, the issue is real: http://nationalreport.net/ice-bucket-challenge-contributing-california-drought/

  • Matthew Wilberger

    Don’t worry…a San Diego wastewater agency used recycled water http://youtu.be/tm7mqiaBPVU

  • dodgerskingsfan

    so no money going to als??? GTFOH

  • NormaRae Johnson

    one question…where does the fine dollars go..who gets to reap the benifits of all the money coming in

  • Joe Valiente

    Did she say I’m saving for a concert!!!!????? they goto school in South Central where people are saving for the rent or for food!!!! get a clue …. #WhitePeopleProblems …que concert ni que nada!!!

  • simrdown

    Yeah, those s t u p i d Californians, trying to live communally and sustainably. Don’t they know this is America and Americans are all about individualism (themselves). If I want to water my lawn, s c r e w you, I’ll water my lawn….after all it’s mine. (sarcasm)

    California will always have a strong economy and a healthy lifestyle because over here, we’re socially responsible. My advice to those homeowners you’re talking about, don’t buy a home which has to answer to an HOA, that really defeats the whole purpose of homeownership in the first place.

  • Ray Luka

    Yes. Its the Daily Currant

  • Chuckles

    “Attention hungry morons”

    Did he really log onto facebook to see anything different?

  • James Patrick

    Since when is it illegal to take a ice cold shower outside? I wouldn’t pay and I’m sure I could find a lawyer to take this case

    Truth is I think it should be illegal for any police dept to profit off of ticketing people sounds like the mafia, if the crime is wasting water shouldn’t the fines go to helping alleviate the water problem instead of contributing to the policeman’s picnic?

  • Ian C

    There is no water shortage. All we need to do is stop investing in killing and build desalinization plants instead.

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  • Nikki Huff-lovely

    Bunch of whiny babies with nothing better to do then whine.

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  • Joe Kalbo

    The Article would have been better served if you had used the caption California Fining “Ice Bucket Challenge Participants For Wasting Water At The Urging Of Nestle “

  • LouieTran

    save water. set yourself on fire instead. that will get your more attention

  • Timothy53

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  • James Patrick

    Yea I know. IT WAS A JOKE, the only serious thing was about police writing tickets and making seizures that benefited them financially

  • Sergio Valdez

    Real or Not, I have created an alternative to using water to raise awareness for the ALS Association. I just need help to generate an audience to get this out there to really make my own change and hopefully donate the funds to the ALS Association.

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  • Crystallite

    you know what the real problem is, its car washes! not the als ice bucket challenges, not people growing marijuana or washing down their drive waves but car washes! every day millions are bof car are getting washed and millions of gallons of are water is being wasted on are stupid cars. So if we only allowed car washes to be open three days a week and only allow a certain amount of customers per car wash we would of saved million of gallons of water per year! so my middle finger goes out to car washes threw out California!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve Moore

    Guest Not an official charity? People are stupid for doing it? Me thinks you should rethink your position on this.

  • Silke Schulz

    I am not even remotely a heartless person. I have a great deal of empathy for anyone who suffers from a debilitating disease like ALS, but aside from the waste of water, here’s the irony related to over $20 million raised through this ice bucket challenge: the incidence of ALS is 2 in 100,000 people (.000002) – and putting it into perspective http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf (the top 15 of percent of what people die from) I’m going to have to say it’s time to stop wasting all that water. If people put as much money behind AIDS/HIV research, we’d be saving a much, much larger percentage of the GLOBAL population. It was brilliant marketing, I’ll give’em that. Ya think maybe they’ll share with other research also in need of funding?
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  • jcmoore2010

    why not just steal land from the farmers again and divert water away from their land so they have to move…that’s how los angeles was founded…that state needs to get a clue…they are a bunch of bleeding heart liberals run amuck…

  • zoomdawg60

    I’m guessing that Tiffani is blonde, dyslexic and clueless. ALS… ESL? The letters aren’t even in the same order. And she’s the sorority’s chapter president? Sad state of our post secondary education system.

  • Zeroed Out

    Apparently, your middle finger went out to all your teachers who tried to teach you grammar, too. It’s OUR not ARE, WOULD’VE not WOULD OF, and THROUGHOUT not threw out. Even when you have a good argument, when you can’t articulate it, it falls on deaf ears.

  • Zeroed Out

    This is something that I initially said when all this started. However, do you know how much money is already given to AIDS research by the Federal Government? In 2015, the budget is set at 30.4 BILLION. Of that amount, 9% goes to research, which equals around 2.7 billion. So $20 million for ALS is a drop in the … err … ice bucket.

  • Guest

    Only in Commiefornia would a government verker feels so empowered as to tax people without due cause.

  • TeaPartyPat949

    This is totally believable because it’s Commiefornia. Would not be surprised at all. They love their Unionized Government Verkers in that State.

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    I saw this story on my feed, not seeing the source. Until I clicked on it and saw it was the Daily Currant, I didn’t doubt for a second that the story was true. The fact that I thought that speaks a great deal about the retarded things the government does do in real life.

  • Chandra M. Jordan

    The missing comma in the first sentence of your post amuses me.

  • Abby

    In Gaza, where water is also a precious resource, the Ice Bucket Challenge has been modified into the Rubble Bucket Challenge:
    https://www.tremr.com/abby-deering/in-gaza-ice-bucket-challenge-has-become-rubble-bucket-challenge

  • Guest

    the quote from the sorority member is surreal. it turned the story into a article from the onion…

  • Katie Stevens

    Good. I hope they throw them in prison for a week without access to clean water for punishment. These Ice Bucket Challenge idiots are just doing it for personal attention, they’re so narcissistic. I’ve talked to so many of my peers that don’t even know it’s for ALS awareness, they’re just doing it so people watch their stupid videos on Facebook.

  • AL

    I wish it was true though :(

  • AL

    but it is causing harm. california is in a severe drought.

  • AL

    all they would have to do is check the water bill

  • AL

    you’re weird

  • AL

    you’re weird, why are you talking like that ?

  • AL

    why are you talking like that ?

  • RC

    It certainly is better than doing nothing. They have raised an incredibly huge amount of money through this thing. I don’t see how dumping a gallon of water on yourself is going to hurt anything.

  • RC

    So severe that a gallon of water will make a difference? You don’t know where they got the water from.

  • RC

    Check the water bill? Are you serious? Do you think a gallon of water is going to show up on your water bill?

  • AL

    Yes. So severe that a gallon of water will make a difference. In a drought ALL water makes a difference. And what difference does it make where they got the water from ? It’s still being wasted.

  • AL

    Well, if we are going based on this fake article it would be more like at least 50 gallons or so. But i’m also guessing by that response that you don’t actually pay bills if you think that wouldn’t show up.

  • AL

    As far as raising awareness. Most of these teenagers and college kids don’t even know what it’s for. I’ve seen tons of these videos where the people don’t even mention ALS at all, they just dump ice water on themselves because everyone else is doing it and they want attention.

  • NotToBeAnAssBut

    Maybe not for you or your area, but for us in CA it sets an irresponsible precedent

    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA

  • RC

    That may be true for some, but somewhere down the line, someone is introduced to the disease. The effect is exponential.

  • RC

    My water is billed in units. Each unit is several thousands of gallons. Oh, and a unit only costs a few cents.

  • RC

    Tell that to the ALS victims that the $70+ million will benefit.

  • AL

    Or you can explain to the thousands upon thousands of people, plants and animals in california and other areas suffering from severe drought that wasting water is no big deal because it’s for a good cause.