If you are like me, you remember begging your parents to take you to Burger King in the early 1980’s. You had only one thing on your mind and no it wasn’t a Whopper, chicken fries
or even to look for Herb
. You, like me, were coveting the free glass that came with your drink. You know you wanted the one with Jabba the Hutt
or maybe the one with Wickett the Ewok.
I can remember taking my prized possession home with me and religiously asking for, neigh demanding to drink from it at every meal. You can imagine my dismay when after a month’s worth of running the glass through the dishwasher on a daily basis—what was left did not even resemble the vivid bright colors of Endor. The paint on the glasses faded along with my joy. Now I know why. In 1983 they weren’t using cadmium
! I’m convinced that whatever lead substitute was in the paint of my prized Ewok glass was not cadmium.
Burger King may not have used cadmium in the paint of the famed Star Wars series glasses, but unfortunately the manufacturer of some 12 million Shrek Forever After glasses did. The glasses were, for a limited time only, distributed by McDonalds. On June 4, 2010, McDonalds and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voluntarily recalled the glasses. We here at Abnormal Use previously commented on other cadmium related news in 2010. For those posts, click here and here. It appears that the use of cadmium is more widespread than previously thought. In addition to the voluntary recall, McDonalds is offering a refund for the full purchase price ($2) plus and additional $1. For more details of McDonalds’ efforts and how to obtain your refund, click here.