All the recent discussion over banning straws at restaurants is really starting to stress me out!
The issue that started this push to get rid straws is that they are thought to have a serious effect on the environment including polluting the ocean.
Now, I’m all for clean air and going green to save the earth, but did you know straws are an important part of my life as well as others like me with disabilities. Without a straw, I can’t drink anything independently.
When out at a restaurant, one of the first things I ask the server for after he or she brings me my drink to the table is a straw. It’s an even bigger plus if they have a bendable straw so I don’t have to stretch my neck as if I’m a chicken to reach it.
I heard that some stores like coffee guru Starbucks use paper straws instead of plastic ones. When I was a little girl growing up back in the late 70’s a popular candy that kids loved buying was paper bubble-gum cigarettes. Now, that I think about it, they should not have even been allowed to have these on the market because they were influencing children to smoke. I along with many other children loved them but I was never able to blow the powder sugar out of them because I drooled too much due to my disability. Although, I eventually learned how to control my drooling, many of my friends still cannot. Point being, if you give them a paper straw, it’s going to get all wadded up inside which is going to make it impossible to use.
If the world decides to go to metal straws instead of plastic ones, what about the ones with disabilities who suffer with spasms or have involuntary movements? Can you imagine jumping only to be stuck in the roof of your mouth by a metal straw? I know I’m being very graphic but the banning of straws issue, is real to a lot of people.
Now, I’ve been known to roll with straws. They’re either in my purse or basket. Straws are a huge part of life so I treat them as you would treat your American Express card, “I never leave home without it”.
Over the years there have been many things on the radar posing a negative effect on the environment. Remember, when all cars had to have E Check to make sure they weren’t giving off a lot of fumes and that went away. Now, it’s straws. Will it ever stop?
Straws are my life. I am sure somehow, this whole ban initiative contradicts the spirit of what the American with Disabilities Act stands for. If I pay with my hard-earned money to eat at a restaurant, then the least they can do is give me a straw to enjoy my drink. If straws are banned what will it be next grab bars in restrooms?