Someone Is Selling A McDonald's Plastic Straw On eBay For £1,000

People generally don't like change - even if it's something as trivial as a new recipe for fries or the amount of space between two triangles of Toblerone.

But it seems that some people really don't like the latest development from McDonald's, which has seen the fast food chain replace all its plastic straws with environmentally-friendly paper equivalents.

Many large businesses and companies have been rethinking their use of plastic recently, in a bid to cut down on packaging waste and devise alternative solutions to the global plastic problem.

Co-op's new compostable bags. Credit: Co-op
Co-op's new compostable bags. Credit: Co-op

Tesco, for instance, has been trialling removing plastic wrapping from its fruit and vegetables, while Co-op has also rolled out compostable carrier bags to replace single-use versions.

But it seems people are more concerned about how a straw feels on their tongue than they are about, er, the planet - so much so, in fact, that someone's flogging one of the old-style plastic straws on eBay.

Oh, and it's being sold for £1,000. Absolute bargain, that, especially given postage is free.

Fancy an old-school plastic McDonald's straw for a cool £1k? Credit: eBay
Fancy an old-school plastic McDonald's straw for a cool £1k? Credit: eBay

The seller of the 'SUPER RARE' new-condition McDonald's plastic straw writes: "Brilliant uncirculated brand new McDonald's straw this is soon to become the stuff of legend, imagine you're about 50 years older than you are now, telling your grandchildren how you got given plastic straws from McDonald's and they will look up to you like god!

"And you will turn to them and laugh and say I'm no god, I was alive before the snowflake generation took over!"

In the description the seller also suggests to sign this petition if you want McDonald's to bring the straws back 'so you don't have to spend money on my listing'.

The petition currently has more than 39,700 of the 40,000 signatures it's after - perhaps proving more people care about the material their straws are made from than we'd originally thought.

"Why is this important?" the petition asks.

"So I can drink my milkshake proper."

Ah, of course.

One signatory to the petition wrote: "The straws are not working for drinking, they should consider biodegradable plastic straws made from natural products.

"It is doable. I personally hate the paper straws as they leave a weird film on my teeth. I'm offering an alternative to the plastic and paper straws."

Another added: "Absolutely useless, they get soggy and end up giving off a cardboard taste to the drink you have, no point in having a paper straw with a plastic lid, much rather have a paper lid and a plastic straw."

Blimey, people really value their McDonald's milkshake experience, don't they?

Thankfully for the environment, regardless of the online argument about it, the paper straws are here to stay.

A McDonald's cup and straw. Credit: PA
A McDonald's cup and straw. Credit: PA

McDonald's made the decision to switch last year after another petition calling for the company to get rid of the single use plastic straws.

At the time, McDonald's UK and Ireland's CEO, Paul Pomroy, said: "Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants."

C'mon guys, embrace the change - this time it's for the better.

Featured Image Credit: eBay

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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