Recently I’ve been kind of annoyed at the propensity for everyone out there to bitch and moan about everything under the sun. If there’s something someone doesn’t like, they’re griping about it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, the letters to the editor, etc…
And sometimes you (the generic “you”) can’t win, unless you jump through hoops.
So a bunch of companies have recently decided to discontinue using plastic straws due to the environmental impact of the straws. A good move, right?
Well apparently disabled people are up in arms about this because only plastic straws are the right mix of characteristics for them to use effectively. Which I get, but where I draw the line is when the disability advocacy groups are crying foul because this is somehow a crisis of access for the disabled, who apparently can’t be expected to bring their own straws.
That’s absurd. While I’m all for reasonable access accommodations - hell, I’d like to see shorter bathroom facilities for children made more common, I don’t think it’s restaurants’, coffee shops’ and bars’ problems to make special accommodations in terms of straws for that tiny percentage of disabled customers who come in and can’t use anything but a plastic straw and refuse to bring their own. My gut feeling is that if you need a special version of something the restaurant already provides in some fashion, like a paper straw, then that’s your own problem and responsibility, disabled or not.
Am I off base here? It seems to me that companies are damned if they do and damned if they don’t on this thing, and so are governments who may try and ban the things, unless they come up with some sort of tailored and convoluted set of exceptions for this situation.