Probably only worthy of a mini rant but I feel a full thread is necessary.
One straw per meal is more then enough. The practice of supplying a new straw with every drink at restaurants is so incredibly wasteful it drives me nuts.
I used to not use straws at all but eventually I just gave in. I got tired or making a request ‘no straw’ and not have waiters understand or ending up with a straw in my drink i then had to take out, leaving me with a wet straw on my table or poking myself in the eye because I left it in and didn’t use it. Also since the straw was brought out anyway it defeats my personal conservation effort anyway. I’ve given in to accept and use a straw.
I usually drink at least 3-4 glasses of water or diet soda with my meals. With a refill they always supply a new straw. Sometimes I’m quick enough to grab my old straw and put it in the new drink before they drop another one but usually what happens is I and my party end up with a pile of unopened straws on the table because the waitresses automatically drop a new one with each drink. These unused straws almost always get thrown out.
I don’t get why this continues to be a thing. It’s wasteful for the business and no longer provides the alleged benefit they started this practice for. In the past when refills weren’t free it was important to make sure everyone always had a straw because using a straw causes people to drink fast and thus sell more soda’s.
Who are the people that need a new straw with every refill? Why do we need this service for them?
Why can’t we just save a billion pounds of extra plastic from being wasted. Would waiters asking ‘Do you need a new straw’ be to much effort?’ How much money could be saved not providing an endless waste of straws?
On the flip side and an internal conflict. If you don’t offer free refills refilling my drink is completely unacceptable. If your going to charge my for it I expect a new clean glass new ice and a new fucking straw. Asking ‘do you want a refill’ then charging me for it is bullshit. ‘Asking would you like another’ is fine.
/random profanity and such to make the thread more pit-worthy