Nearly 35,000 Sign Petition For McDonald's To Bring Back Plastic Straws

Angry McDonald's customers have started a petition to bring back plastic straws after the fast food chain replaced them with more environmentally friendly paper ones.

Apparently, the new paper straws are ruining the experience of enjoying a McDonald's milkshake for some people, and they'd rather have the plastic ones back.

Quite a lot of people are annoyed by this, too. So far nearly 35,000 people have signed the petition.

The petition was started by a man called Martin Reed and states simply that it is important 'so I can drink my milkshake proper'.

Still put the paper straws in the bin, guys. Credit: PA
Still put the paper straws in the bin, guys. Credit: PA

McDonald's recently substituted plastic straws for paper in an attempt to decrease their impact on the environment.

Who would have thought that something that seems like a positive move to lessen the amount of single use plastic that ends up in the ocean could cause so much consternation?

Well, everyone probably. This is 2019, after all.

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."

A littered McDonald's cup. Credit: PA
A littered McDonald's cup. Credit: PA

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."

Obviously, there are a number of people here who really value their McDonald's milkshake experience.

Credit: 38 Degrees
Credit: 38 Degrees

Naturally there are also people who disagree.

One observer tweeted: "Just been reading about there's a petition to bring back the plastic straws in McDonald's?

"If you don't like the paper ones... TAKE THE LID OFF AND DRINK LIKE A NORMAL HUMAN FROM THE CUP."

Another said: "Cannot believe there is a petition to bring back plastic straws... really?

"I agree paper straws are shit especially for a McDonald's milkshake but think of how much good it's already done! Buy a reusable metal straw if you hate them that much!!"

McDonald's CEO Paul Pomroy. Credit: PA
McDonald's CEO Paul Pomroy. Credit: PA

Regardless of the online argument about it, the paper straws are here to stay. 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."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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