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Want A Lid With Your Coffee? In SF, You May Have To Ask


At a McDonald’s near Union Square this month, clerks handed out plastic utensils for ice cream sundaes and cheesy bacon fries.

Sam Trif-Toma gratefully accepted, even though he hadn’t requested any. “I needed it to eat the fries,” he said of the fork, which came packaged in a plastic sleeve.

That sounds like typical fast-food service — but in San Francisco, policymakers have a different idea. Under rules that kicked in July 1, restaurants are supposed to stop automatically including throwaway accessories with orders — whether eat-in, takeout or delivery.

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