A viral TikTok video, which has been viewed more than 14 million times, has claimed that a McDonald’s restaurant used five paper bags to send just one single sachet of sauce.

In a video shared by an account going by the name of Monikaw, they write “I accidentally ordered one single sauce on UberEats and McDonald’s decided to do this.”

The video then shows Monikaw opening five different paper bags, each one smaller than the last (much like a Russian Doll toy) and then several napkins to get to the sauce.

Monikaw also writes in the caption for the video: “I am truly sorry I thought I also ordered a burger.”

Monikaw/TikTok

It is not entirely obvious which country this occurred in but many are shocked at McDonald’s apparent disregard for waste and the careless amount of bags that were used even if the sauce was ordered by mistake.

One person wrote: “Is really no one talking about the amount of waste?”

A second person said: “Waster so much paper lol. Poor trees.”

Another said: “Now I’m mad at McDonald’s all those bags waster for one laugh not worth [sic].”

A fourth added: “I like their passive-aggressive packaging!”

However many criticised Monikaw for making the order in the first place. Monikaw did respond to one person who asked why everyone hated her to which she said: “All I wanted was a burger and some sauce for the fries...here we are...cancelled for hating trees!”

Monikaw/TikTok

One could argue that at least these are paper bags and could therefore be recycled but McDonald’s information on the issue is a little unclear. As Newsweek reports the US McDonald’s website states: “While we design our packaging to be recyclable, recycling infrastructure varies from market to market.” However, the UK website says: “Every piece of our paper or card packaging is verified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).”

indy100 has contacted McDonald’s for comment.

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