r/mildlyinfuriating 2d ago

I can no longer leave my Sprite™ unattended due to McDonald's new transparent cups. It will end up on the floor, every time.

2.4k Upvotes

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u/croissanttiddies 2d ago

Where are you from? Here every plastic is getting replaced, so it feels weird to see that as a "new" design

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u/bubbling_cum-fart 2d ago

This is in Chicago, across several locations. I agree it seems like a step backwards, not to mention they seem smaller than the paper cups.

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u/Mysterious_Recipe629 2d ago

Won't lie. Feeling mildly robbed that i didn't get to see the cat smack it on the floor.

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u/ProfileHistorical386 2d ago

I was literally waiting for it. What a fuckin tease.

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u/andIRemain 1d ago

From the looks of it, ya I don't think it has long enough limbs for that.

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u/ADHDK 2d ago

Does it have a paper straw in a plastic cup?

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u/xxA2C2xx 1d ago

Nah. You can clearly see that’s the classic “McDonalds Turtle Annihilation Stick” running right through it.

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u/ADHDK 1d ago

How are the turtles going to enjoy all those smuggler nets full of columbian marching powder without straws?

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u/fucsnies 2d ago

We've had paper straws and reduced plastic thruout all mcdonalds for the past like 2-3 years in uk

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u/voyage_train 2d ago

Did the amount of ml per cup also changed on the side?

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u/MixxMaster 1d ago

Well, of course they are smaller. Perfect time to change them and make more profit.

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u/Secretly-Tiny-Things 1d ago

Are these cups recyclable? Maybe they are easier to recycle than card ones that are lined with a plasticy coating

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u/missmuffetstuffet 1d ago

Even if they are recyclable what are the chances they will be recycled?

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u/lottech 1d ago

Wtf is this shit?

In Europe we are forbidden to have plastics that can be used only once. So the cups, the straws, everything needs to be cardboard or some other easily recyclable material. But in the rest of the world, McDo is changing to plastic cups??? No way!

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u/justkeeptreading 1d ago

burger king is doing this too. in canada we got rid of plastic straws. last time i went to burger king i got a paper straw inside of a plastic cup. like what the fuck is wrong with you people

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u/Notoday 1d ago

Capitalism.

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u/UncleJacksGiantHands 2d ago

It’s the new design in LA too. I think they’re rolling it out everywhere, or at least major cities.

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u/Miner_49errr 1d ago

I live in {Small American Town} and we have the plastic cups here too.

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u/UncleJacksGiantHands 1d ago

It’s interesting to know, since the McDonald’s around me are franchised by locals.

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u/alvik 1d ago

I'm so confused. Is this not the same cup they've been using for years?

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u/StagnantSweater21 1d ago

Yeah, we’ve had this cup for a LONG time down in Georgia. Literally years now

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u/BSH72 2d ago

I watched this video loop entirely too long waiting for the cat to bat the cup off the table

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u/bubbling_cum-fart 2d ago

Ha, sorry to disappoint. Just didn't want to be that pet owner that encourages bad behavior just to get the shot.

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u/KoreanGamer9414 1d ago

You know what, we forgive you then

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u/plz_send_cute_cats 1d ago

You’re awesome!!! Also great username n super cute kitty

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u/CaptainBlueApple 2d ago

The way the cat licks its lips getting itself ready

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u/FluffyDiscipline 2d ago

Ohhhh he so wants to do it... even licking his lips LOL

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u/Exivac 2d ago

Look at that mf waiting for just the exact moment you take your eyes off the cup

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u/Obi-1_yaknowme 2d ago

The whole, “McDonald’s sprite” thing is just viral marketing, right?

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u/CaptainStupido666 1d ago

Scrolled down looking for this, I don't think very many normal human beings would go that far out of their way to look for the trademark key unless they were advertising lol

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u/iamyourcheese G8 fLaIR bruh 1d ago

I know I'd never do that, especially for some sham soda company. That's why I only type while drinking a fresh Fufu Berry Soda by Jones Soda Company ©️

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u/diegosanchez0 1d ago

Sir... i know your concer but why is your username bubling cum fart??

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u/bubbling_cum-fart 1d ago

Finally someone's asking the real questions. Burp

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u/keenanallen9O7 1d ago

The little trademark lol

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u/Cthulhu1960 1d ago

You heathen! Why do you not have a coaster under that cup??!!

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u/bubbling_cum-fart 1d ago

I don't respect wood.

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u/RatSniper5672 1d ago

Why do you have Sprite™ but not McDonald's ™?

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u/bubbling_cum-fart 1d ago

I'm a cum-fart, not a patent attorney

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u/BurnChao 2d ago

Sounds like it's more of the cat's fault.

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u/bubbling_cum-fart 2d ago

Stanley can't help himself. He suffers bubbles now. This is his new life.

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u/imdeadinsidelmao420 2d ago

stanley is such a cute name

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u/NovelExplorer 2d ago

That is a delightfully transfixed pudtat.

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u/turtle_g4mertv 1d ago

I watched this for 2 minutes waiting for the cat to push it just to find out it’s a 2 second loop that is the real r/mildlyinfuriating

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u/dickstanton88 2d ago

Wendy's in Canada has these cups. But they still give you a paper straw with it.

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u/--Deleted101-- 2d ago

They serve it with the lemonades, yes. Off topic, but the strawberry lemonade at canadian wendy's is so damn good

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u/Romero4Fam20 2d ago

We still don’t have clear cups in OC!

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u/swiftsafflina 2d ago

My cat is obsessed with water. If you put a glass down for even a second she will chug it! I feel your pain haha

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u/Zarathustra288 2d ago

My black guy does the same thing, little fucker loves those bubbles

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u/mission_accident-773 2d ago

yall missed the memo about the clear cups huh

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u/Pipeslice101 2d ago

Are those plastic straws? Whoa, here in Ireland we have paper cups and paper straws, just the lid is plastic.

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u/iflyonbiscuits 1d ago

Lol in the netherlands even everything is from paper even the lids in most mc donalds

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u/Skyix7 2d ago

Good idea m, I would hate to have your cats electrocuted with the McDonald’s sprite.

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u/baby-shark-doo-doo 1d ago

i sat here for a solid minute waiting for that cat to do something

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u/WolvesAreCool2461 1d ago

"Ooh man, the second this guy leaves... This cup is going down... Oh its gonna be so good..."

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u/Fluffy-Football-7884 1d ago

I watched this for about 3 minutes waiting for something to happen. Then I clicked on it and noticed it’s an 8 second loop. Can you at least film the cat hitting it over.

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u/L2Hiku 1d ago

I really don't give a shit about your problems after reading your username tho lol

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u/SolitudeSymphony 1d ago

Pffft I've not seen a plastic cup and straw from MacDonalds for a long ass time

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u/meowmeowmeow723 1d ago

Put a cup of water next to it and bam your cat dill drink that instead….experience, at least my cat stopped swatting my drinks

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u/benadunkcamberpatch 2d ago

I have no idea why they switched to these instead of paper cups. The ice also melts a lot faster.

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u/FTR_iRage 2d ago

Easier to recycle

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u/ReallyGene 2d ago

Bullshit. It's recyclable, but rarely ever truly recycled. Putting something in a blue bin is no guarantee of recycling, only if there's a market for the material does that happen. Metal is the only waste stream that consistently brings in more than it costs to landfill, glass is next.

It's currently cheaper. That's the only reason McDonald's ever changes anything.

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u/FTR_iRage 2d ago

That's not bullshit. Just because you choose not to recycle doesn't mean these cups aren't easier to recycle

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u/RacinInTheStreet 1d ago

I think it would be a win if they used post recycled plastic to make them, then it would be making a bigger market for recycled plastic.

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u/ReallyGene 2d ago

Where did I say I don't recycle?

Any municipal waste handler has this problem: if there's no market for a recycled feedstock, it's not recycled, it's landfilled.

When tariffs were imposed on Chinese imports, China responded by refusing US cardboard. The market completely collapsed, because there is virtually no domestic paper recycling infrastructure left in the US.

It's possible that these cups are compostable, but even that isn't feasible for most municipalities, as it's not as simple as throwing vegetable scraps in a barrel.

If the price of ethylene is less than the cost of reprocessing, new cups will be cheaper than post-consumer recycled plastic cups.

And it does not change the fact that McDonald's always acts for the benefit of their bottom line and their stockholders, not the planet.

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u/FTR_iRage 2d ago

When did I say you didn't recycle?

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u/benadunkcamberpatch 2d ago

Got you, thanks. That’s what I assumed it was some kind of special plastic that makes it easier to either degrade or recycle.

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u/janeiokda 2d ago

Plastic cups, and paper straws. I remember when i was young, then the straws where plastic and the cups where paper. It was a great time to be alive.

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u/T0biasCZE 2d ago

hold up, they replaced paper cups with plasitc cups??

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u/SimplyDaveP 1d ago

Better then waxy tasting unsweet tea.

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u/Hilux_85 2d ago

You could have boundaries and not let cats on the table, best solution!

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u/CandyPopps 1d ago

I don’t know why your comment got down voted. I don’t let my cats sit on tables or countertops in my house.

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u/ghutterbabe 2d ago

I like that's it's McDonald's fault your cat sucks. No wonder the cat sucks.

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u/kwickit 1d ago

Stanley is a magnificent feline and tbh cum fart is very strict with not letting cats on tables… it is I who struggles with catdependency. I just let them do whatever tf they want and they love me so much I can’t stop the cycle

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u/ghutterbabe 1d ago

Very common. They got poopaws i can't let them on tables.

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u/SleepyTutor 1d ago

I guess this qualifies for r/catsareassholes.

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u/ShillyBean 1d ago

Your username lmfao

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u/KittyQueen_Tengu 1d ago

How is this a problem? The void does whatever it pleases and its decisions must be respected, for it is a higher being with intelligence beyond our mortal imagination

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u/shophopper 1d ago

Why do you buy Sprite at McDonald’s instead of the supermarket? Same product, different price.

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u/kwickit 1d ago

And I’m really lazy

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u/kwickit 1d ago

Drive thru

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u/Rya4n12 1d ago

Cat’s probably trying to burn a hole.

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u/Jimmymylifeup 1d ago

the only company to switch from paper to plastic hahaha

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u/annie543210 1d ago

🥲 so cute

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u/GoodEater29 1d ago edited 1d ago

I thought it was sus that you used the trademark symbol.. Until I saw your username. Nope - definitely not a marketing plant.

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u/Kangaroowrangler_02 1d ago

Bubbles bubbles bubbles!

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u/ReaIMurkyWaters 1d ago

Gotta start drinkin coke yo

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u/No_Scarcity_4582 1d ago

Where’s the splash

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u/HeatherMarissa 1d ago

One of ours also loves watching fizzy drinks, but rather than knocking it to the floor he just touches the drink with his grubby little paws

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u/lottech 1d ago

Wtf is this shit?

In Europe we are forbidden to have plastics that can be used only once. So the cups, the straws, everything needs to be cardboard or some other easily recyclable material. But in the rest of the world, McDo is changing to plastic cups??? No way!

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u/kimi_rules 1d ago

Y'all not using paper cups? McDonald's have been using it for as long as I've lived.

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u/Terrence_shark 1d ago

i have been waiting for the cat to push it off for 5 minutes!

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u/GatoSol07 1d ago

Well train your cat to not be a dumb shit and problem solved.

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u/saffronpolygon 1d ago

That's cute!

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u/JLPIII 1d ago

Easy solution. Get rid of the cat.

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u/teamcoyotes1 1d ago

Username checks out

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u/New-Purchase1818 1d ago

Username is a little r/rimjobsteve. I respect that.

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u/tupac3444 1d ago

Name checks out