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It's really annoying that fast food restaurants give you the tiniest little cups of water when you ask for it to drink. Just because I'm not drinking soda with my meal doesn't mean I'm not thirsty. amirite?

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Well you don't pay for it so they don't want to give you the big cups for free. Where I worked we gave the small clear cups if you ask for water, but you can buy the bigger cups for like 20 cents.

If they give you free water in the same cups they give for pop they don't really have a way of knowing if people filling their cups with pop actually paid for pop or if they're refilling a water cup.

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@If they give you free water in the same cups they give for pop they don't really have a way of knowing if people...

While you make a true point, not all fast food restaurants have self serve fountain drink machines. So at places where the workers fill the drink and give it to the customer, that reason doesn't really come into play.

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I work at a movie theatre, and we can't give our soda cups away for free because the cups are what the customers are actually paying for. That's how we keep stock. People can pay for the cups and we can put water in them, but most people prefer not to do that if they're just getting water. So we have little plastic courtesy cups.

@ginnypotter93 I work at a movie theatre, and we can't give our soda cups away for free because the cups are what the customers...

I get what you are saying here; my family owns a fast (ish) food restaurant, so I've gown up around the environment of running a business. And the point you make is a good one. But hear me out;

The cost of the cup is very miniscule (although it does add up over time, I'm aware). When a person orders a drink, the total cost of the soda and the cup is not the $2.00 we charge for a drink, but that's how you make a profit. The same concept is used with everything sold- you order the food in bulk, and sell it for an increased price than what you paid. Alas, you make a profit.

Now, if a person comes in and orders an Italian beef sandwich, and order of fries, and a water, we are already making a profit from the increased price of the beef sandwich and fries. Giving them a "free" cup that cost us 5 cents doesn't really effect us because we have made a profit from the other things they ordered. In addition to that, most people order sodas with their meals anyways. So the occasional "loss" of 5 cents is also balanced off by the frequent $1.95 cent gain. People who order a cup of water with their meals are paying customers, and we are still making a profit, so it doesnt really matter.

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@ginnypotter93 I work at a movie theatre, and we can't give our soda cups away for free because the cups are what the customers...

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However, if a person comes in and orders JUST a cup of water, and we give it to them for free, we have lost 5 cents instead of making a profit. In cases like this, we give them the dinky little courtesy cup of water. They aren't a paying customer, and so giving them the small cup of water (or even charging them if you'd like), is completely acceptable.

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@ginnypotter93 I work at a movie theatre, and we can't give our soda cups away for free because the cups are what the customers...

The price is only minuscule if you don't work in a movie theatre where we sell the super over-priced concessions of death! :) But yeah, I see your point.

The small cups are given for water, because then if someone decides to steal pop instead, they're getting less because they didn't actually pay for it.

I've never seen a fast food restaurant where they have cups of water.

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youre not paying for it... get off your ass and go get a refill

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@dicky youre not paying for it... get off your ass and go get a refill

So? You don't pay for water at any restaurant. It's not like I get water because I'm cheap, it's because I prefer water. And what if I get it via drive-thru? I cant "get off my ass" if i'm not there, buddy. I should be able to get a glass of water that is more than 3 sips.

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@Splash So? You don't pay for water at any restaurant. It's not like I get water because I'm cheap, it's because I prefer...

you dont have to pay for it, they do. more material that the cup has, more money they spend on the cup. if you want a big ass cup of water, ask for a big ass cup and pay as much as you would for a soda. if your going through the drive through, im assuming your driving to a destination, and said destination will have water every ones house has water and most places of buisness have water foutains. your not cheap, so pay for the soda size

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@dicky youre not paying for it... get off your ass and go get a refill

"if you want a big ass cup of water, ask for a big ass cup"

I laughed so hard while reading this.

@dicky youre not paying for it... get off your ass and go get a refill

Your logic does not apply if its 7am in the morning and you are driving for 5 hours straight with no bathroom brakes they wont stop at every truck stop to get a glass of water.. Also a paper cup would cost less that 5 cents so that is not equivalent to the 2,50 they want you to pay

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