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To want my coffee in a proper cup when drinking in?

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Rollergirl11 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:38:30

I’m sat in the cafe of a leisure centre while my daughter is in her dance class. I’ve just ordered a coffee and the girl serving gave it to me in a takeaway cup. I said sorry but I’m sitting in and could I have a proper coffee cup. She said she has cleared them all away as they close at 6pm. It wasn’t even 5.30 when I ordered it so at least 30 mins away!

I’m seriously confused!

singingdetective Thu 07-Dec-17 17:41:08

Why does it matter?

JoJoSM2 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:41:29

I prefer a takeaway cup. I often find that coffee that comes in a proper cup is barely luke warm.

Council Thu 07-Dec-17 17:43:57

I'm not sure about a leisure centre type environment TBH, but my very favourite "nice" teashop in my very favourite, in the world, holiday destination, had switched to paper plates and cutlery last time I was there. It's not cheap either. I won't be going back.

If I'm paying £7 for tea and scones I want them on a proper plate with a proper knife.

fidgettt Thu 07-Dec-17 17:45:05

YANBU in that scenario

Santasbigredbobblehat Thu 07-Dec-17 17:45:10

Fair enough, after all, take away cups are bad for the environment.

woundedbutwalking Thu 07-Dec-17 17:46:16

YANBU, drives me potty, completely needless waste.

Rollergirl11 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:46:32

I hate takeaway cups and always end up burning my mouth when sipping through the little hole. I would never choose to drink from one if I didn’t have to.

Chrys2017 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:49:28

Not unreasonable at all, particularly as takeaway cups are not recycleable and will hopefully be banned outright at some not-too-distant point.

MongerTruffle Thu 07-Dec-17 17:50:35

takeaway cups are not recycleable

They can be recycled but they need to be separated from other waste.

Rollergirl11 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:51:47

I think she’s doing everything in her power to aid (her) speedy exit at 6pm when they close!

GhostsToMonsoon Thu 07-Dec-17 17:54:14

A soft play place near me uses paper cups as well. I'd much rather have a real cup. Disposable ones are very wasteful as well..

JassyRadlett Thu 07-Dec-17 17:56:20

I think she’s doing everything in her power to aid (her) speedy exit at 6pm when they close!

How dare she!

Chrys2017 Thu 07-Dec-17 22:43:55


Ok, I stand corrected: "poly-lined cups are, technically, capable of being recycled - a fact that enables coffee companies to describe them as "recyclable".

However, the reality is this is only possible in a highly specialised recycling facility - of which there are only two in the UK. One of these sites has never actually dealt with a single paper cup - the other has processed a very tiny number.

In every meaningful sense, conventional paper coffee cups are not recyclable in Britain."

TheClaws Thu 07-Dec-17 23:19:14

Will you be okay? fwink

Fruitboxjury Thu 07-Dec-17 23:22:42

I’m shocked at that article, we must use millions of takeaway cups a day??

Chrys2017 Thu 07-Dec-17 23:29:30

7 million cups a day, or 5,000 every minute, according to the article.

ByThePowerOfRa Thu 07-Dec-17 23:32:12

Yanbu. Aren’t paper cups really difficult to recycle too, so especially bad for the environment?

FormerlyFrikadela01 Thu 07-Dec-17 23:34:14

I've worked in a cafe that did this. It was because we weren't allowed to leave pots in the dishwasher at the end of the day and there was no pay once the cafe sbit so it was either put the dishwasher on 30 min before closing and use paper cups or provide proper cups but wait for 30 mins unpaid whilst waiting for the dishwasher. And there was no handwashing either... the owner thought it was unhygenic.

FormerlyFrikadela01 Thu 07-Dec-17 23:35:12

Handwashing the cups I mean.

mrsmayitstimetogo Thu 07-Dec-17 23:37:24

I now take my own cup with me! Strongly recommend a KeepCup.

Disposable cups are yet another appallingly wasteful habit that our grandchildren will curse us for. Even if they CAN be recycled, the energy involved in making, moving, and then recycling them is huge. Far far better not to use them in the first place.

safariboot Thu 07-Dec-17 23:40:33

YABU. You should be glad the centre has a cafe at all, and not just a vending machine.

As others have mentioned, it means the employee can leave sooner. They probably have family of their own. It also means the centre saves some wage money, and if it's a council-run centre that means it's saving taxpayers money. Might not be much, but all those not muches add up.

PavlovianLunge Thu 07-Dec-17 23:51:05

Agree with mrsm, KeepCups are excellent, there’s no waste, and many coffee shops give a small discount for using one.

Crispbutty Thu 07-Dec-17 23:59:29

"I hate takeaway cups and always end up burning my mouth when sipping through the little hole."

Erm... take the lid off and drink it grin

julf Fri 08-Dec-17 00:11:18

*Handwashing the cups I mean* 😂

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