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McDonald’s Plastic Straw Ban in the UK Backfires Spectacularly

McDonald’s Plastic Straw Ban in the UK Backfires Spectacularly

“Drinking a McDonald’s milkshake through the paper straws are vile.”

More than 30,000 McDonald’s customers have signed a petition demanding the fast food chain bring back plastic straws, according to a Tuesday report in The Sun.

McDonald’s banned the straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland after environmentalists raised concerns over plastic polluting the ocean, but customers have complained the straws ruin the taste of their drinks and dissolve before they can finish the contents of their beverages.

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Many have taken to Twitter to rant about the new straws, with some users even vowing to boycott McDonald’s until plastic straws return.

“I’m all about saving the turtles and that, but McDonalds paper straws are honestly just a sheet of paper rolled up, make them thicker!! I take 2 sips and my straw starts sticking together,” one user complained.

“Paper straws and milkshakes don’t go together, won’t be coming back,” another user said next to an angry emoji.

“These new paper straws are awful McDonalds. They saturate too easily and feel horrible in the mouth. Got to be better options out there,” another user ranted.

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“Drinking a McDonalds milkshake through the paper straws are vile,” wrote another customer on Twitter.

The British government removed the anti-straw petition claiming there was no legislative action it could take to remedy the situation. McDonald’s issued a statement defending its use of the new straws.

“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,” Paul Pomroy, chief executive of McDonald’s U.K. and Ireland said.

“Over the past few months we’ve been working closely with supplier partners to find a solution that works both for our customers, and that the supply is there given the size of our business.”

Last year, the company promised to institute a plastic straw ban across its 1,361 branches in the U.K. and Ireland.

The move came amid public debate over plastic’s environmental impact on the ocean. While many claim such measures are vital to saving the planet, critics argue that developed countries, like the U.S. and U.K., contribute a tiny fraction of the world’s overall plastic pollution.

The ban echoes similar progressive initiatives in the U.S. Last year, California became the first state in the country to ban full-service restaurants from selling plastic straws – unless a customer specifically requests them.

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