No free slurpees, thanks to Cook County’s new “pop tax”

Daniel Valero, 4, left, and his sister, Ariana Valero, 8, enjoy a Slurpee along with their parents at the 7-Eleven "Operation Thank You" event, Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at NAS Oceana Naval Base in Virginia Beach, Va. The event was held to show appreciation for the troops and their service. As part of a Veteran's Day salute, free, small Slurpee drinks will be given to active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families on November 11, 2011, at participating 7-Eleven stores from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Stephanie Oberlander/AP Images for Ketchum)

August 18 and 19 are 7-Eleven’s Bring Your Own Cup Days where some of the requirements include:

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  1. bring a watertight cup
  2. one cup per person
  3. don’t be in Chicago

The “glorious day when you get to decide what’s a Slurpee drink cup” is skipping Chicago thanks to the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax.

RELATED: 87 percent disapprove of the new Cook County soda tax

The tax, which charges consumers a penny per ounce on sweetened beverages, went into effect on August 2. This includes free refills, and in this case, free slurpees.

Cook County, Illinois is the only municipality specifically excluded on the Bring Your Own Cup Day webpage.

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