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McDonald's Votes Down Proposal for Nixing Plastic Straws

McDonald's said it was already working on finding alternatives to plastic straws

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    McDonald's Votes Down Proposal for Nixing Plastic Straws
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    This July 23, 2012, file photo shows the sign for a McDonald's restaurant in Miami, Florida.

    What to Know

    • McDonald's voted down a proposal to stop offering plastic straws to customers

    • McDonald's said it was already working on finding alternatives to plastic straws

    • Concerned environmental activists have pushed to ban plastic straws

    McDonald's isn't ready to stop offering plastic straws, despite environmental concerns.

    A shareholder proposal to pressure the world's biggest hamburger chain on the matter was voted down at the company's annual meeting Thursday. The proposal by activist group SumOfUs asked for a report about the "business risks" of using plastic straws at the chain's 37,000 locations globally.

    McDonald's said it was already working on finding alternatives to plastic straws and urged shareholders to reject the proposal.

    The push to ban plastic straws has been getting more attention lately. A New York city councilman introduced a bill this week saying restaurants should replace plastic straws with paper or metal alternatives.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Seattle and Miami Beach have passed bans on plastic straws. The city of Malibu, California, is banning plastic cutlery and straws.