The End of Free Soda Refills?

Last Friday night my family went to a nice downtown Corning pub, and noticed printed signs all around stating that a new policy would permit only one free soda refill, after which guests would have to pay for another full-priced drink.

I really didn’t think anything of it until I saw this post on Consumerist:

According to the article:

This dire message at a Tucson Italian beef joint claims the restaurant’s dissolution of its free refill policy has to do with outside forces conspiring to make soda syrup too pricey.

Have you seen anything like this in your town, or is the price hike restricted to Northwest Tucson? Is this the beginning of the end for free refills or just an aberration?

When our kids drained their first soda in a single breath, they already knew they only got one more – a point that the waitress also made very clear. Unlike the sign above, Murphy’s offered no explanation for their new policy. We actually discussed it as we ate, and assumed that it was because the place was pretty small and they wanted to discourage people from just sitting around occupying space in the crowded tavern guzzling free soda.

We went to a different place after teaching a middle school nanotechnology camp on Saturday, and that place was quite happy to let us drink all we wanted. What have you seen around your local establishments? Has the free refill tap started going dry where you live as well?

Source: Consumerist


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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!