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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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I hate straws

WARNING: I am about to be completely and utterly irrational in my tirade against straws. If you or your straw feel offended, please read no further. This is meant to be mildly amusing.

I cannot stand straws. I refuse mine in restaurants; I’m not going to use it and it will just sit there to be thrown away. It drives me absolutely NUTS when students get water at the campus Starbucks and sit there sipping away. Why? why? Why waste the whole plastic container, and why a straw? You can never get all the liquid with a straw and invariable end sucking up air and making obnoxious sounds. Why is it cool to hold a clear piece of plastic with a green cylinder sticking up out of it?

Oh, there she/he goes with her/his straw again. Gaaaah.

I received a free tote bag when I moved into Butler’s Apartment Village. I also got a complimentary plastic cup with a straw. Like this:

I gave it to my family. Why, straws, why? It was bad enough when all the students got the flimsy plastic cups with straws from Starbucks and carried them around everywhere. Now companies are manufacturing the objects — and Butler puts its Apartment Village logo on it! I suppose the cups being reusable makes them slightly less detestable. But they still have straws — THICK plastic straws which are much harder to grind into the dirt under one’s heel.

Imagine my consternation when Butler gave me another plastic cup with a straw. I am very grateful Butler gives its employees end-of-the-semester gifts. Don’t get me wrong. But a plastic cup with a straw? Really?

This summer I am living in UT, and I did not bring over many cups. And I am ashamed to say I use my clear plastic cup with a straw every day. Here is how I justify this:

  • It’s a gift. I have to use it.
  • I have very few other water bottle type containers, so I have no choice.
  • This one has a Butler logo, not a Starbucks one.
  • It’s convenient and doesn’t spill.
  • ….
  • ….
  • ….
  • I kind of like it.

Thank you, Butler, for my cups-with-straws.

11 Responses to I hate straws

  1. Purchasing First Home says:

    I also hate this.Thanks for sharing your view with me.

  2. Olivia says:

    So many opinions about straws! As I said, I’m a bit more receptive to the idea now.

  3. SEO Brisbane says:

    What’s the reason of hating straws? I think you should try this again, it’s a really good.

  4. Factory Automation System says:

    I think straw is best option for us.We can drink shake easily in the car and while walking.

  5. Poly Pipe says:

    I never used straw whenever I drink juice or shake. I think it is the thing for children not for youth.

  6. Sydney says:

    Why you hates from Straws? I seems to be good if you used them properly.

  7. Kuala Lumpur Malaysia says:

    I think we can try different things with straws. Straws are not bad after all.

  8. Kristen Raves says:

    I love reading this post when I need a good laugh, really, it is very humorous! Your mom’s comment is hilarious too. Thanks for making my day.

  9. […] Straws aren’t so bad after all. […]

  10. Olivia says:

    Haha very true, Mom! I know what you mean about the lipstick. Or when lipstick gets on toothbrushes… ew.

  11. mom says:

    You forgot to mention how you give wait staff the evil eye when they approach with the hated straw in hand……..liked your blog. You know what drives me crazy…lipstick on straws or coffee cups or water cups that my coworkers drink out of all day. yuck. I swear it has lipstick on it all the time. wash the cup!!!!!!!

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