McDonald’s paper straw petition attracts more than 38,000 signatories

McDonald’s paper straw petition attracts more than 38,000 signatories

April 26, 2019
Marcia González

Angry McDonald’s customers voice concern about paper straws: firm tells them to suck it up!

In less than a week, more than 38,000 people have  signed a petition calling for fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s to abandon eco-friendly paper straws and bring back the plastic ones instead.

The man behind the petition, Martin Reid, added it was important so he “could drink his milkshake proper”. [sic]

Many others have taken to social media to complain the paper straws were ‘dissolving’ in their drinks.

McDonald’s confirmed a paper straw roll-out in June 2018 following “successful trials and positive customer feedback”.

“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,” a spokesperson said at the time. “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.”

But while many have taken to Twitter to complain about the move, others have defended the decision. A petition on the same website calling for a ban on plastic straws in cinemas now has more than 215,000 signatures.

McDonald’s has said their suppliers have made paper straws that last “at least 30 minutes in most, if not all liquids”.

In response to complaints on Twitter, McDonald’s also added: “We completely understand your concerns and can reassure you that while paper straws will be introduced to all restaurants, we’ll be working on retaining an alternative option for those that require one.”

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