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Old 10-31-2018, 07:32 PM   #21
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We drink water, wherever we are. Maybe some wine or a mixed drink now and again. HOWEVER. It is very common for a bottle of Calmoki's home carbonated, Schrader valve capped water to get smuggled into the theater in the gal's purse. Gals gotta stay hydrated y'know. I don't feel huge amounts of guilt, but thanks for the confessional.
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:53 PM   #22
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drinking soda instead of water

I donít drink soda pops, havenít had one in years. If Iím feeling feisty with a good priced meal (>$10 lunch) I might use carbonated water. Unclear if I should be paying soda prices for carbonated water but at one lunch place I go itís ďfree soda pop with lunchĒ (no carbonated water lever) so they win out. Same with my Costco hot dog.

Did some online sleuthing; for a 22 oz cup:
Syrup = .23c
ice, co2 = .02
lid/cup/straw = .05

So I donít use ice but I guess there is a $0.02 I am stealing... donít feel too bad about it.

For the $100k at McDonaldís, if you look at cost would have to be 3-4x the previous estimate for cost vs lost revenue. Just imagine how much profit they must be making to have that much traffic (probably off the same people - who saves a cup and brings it with them unless they go to McDonaldís every day or something?)
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Old 10-31-2018, 08:42 PM   #23
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Did you call the Panera police? Were they arrested and put in Panera jail?

Why would I call the Panera police?
The two employees that I chatted with --- not about the beverage stealing --- saw the same thing and said nothing.
Not my problem.


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Old 10-31-2018, 08:53 PM   #24
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That would be $27 a day. My local McDonalds typically has any size soft drink for a dollar. So, even counting losses at full retail, that would be someone stealing a full drink every hour 24 hours a day.


Maybe, but I doubt it.

Are you basing that figure on 10 stores?


$100,000/10 stores ---> $10,000 store/year ---> $27.40/day = $1.14 per hour per store per day





I personally haven't seen this at a McDonald, but I don't eat there much anymore.




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Is stealing $1 ok because stealing $10 would be worse?

Since hot fast food is relatively inexpensive I don't mind overpaying for soda or water. I doubt many franchisees rake in huge profits.
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I've seen people do it. They're the ones who have to look themselves in the mirror.
They do. Then tell themselves "I am so good lookin'. And smart too".

It's sad, but if people thought differently, they would not have done it.
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:32 PM   #27
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We were at Panera yesterday. Didnít notice any drink cheaters but I think we saw something worse. A couple was sitting in one of the best booths - a nice corner one with shade on the outside patio - and they were blatantly eating food from the nearby Subway. I donít think they purchased anything at Panera at all. How rude!
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All of the fast food places around here give unlimited refills on sodas so I doubt they can track soda theft.
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Why would I call the Panera police?
The two employees that I chatted with --- not about the beverage stealing --- saw the same thing and said nothing.
Not my problem.
You seemed irked enough to vent here.
I was wondering if you were irked enough to do anything about it.

Guess not.
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Plus, the cost of the sugar water coming out of the fountain is so low that itís not worth making a scene, even by the manager.

My wife shakes her head at me when I fill my cup with water and then give it a small amount if their lemonade. About the same flavor wise as adding a lemon. I wouldnít fill the cup, but a spritz of lemon Iíve justified in my head. Oh well.
We each justify why it's okay to bend the rules in our own way.

- It was just a spritz
- It was just a little cup
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I find it interesting that fast-food places make the smallest mark-up on their burgers, then large profits on fries and (especially) drinks. It's not their fault, it's what the customers want.

We'll pinch pennies on the meat, but when it comes to fatty, salty, sweet and especially caffeine-laden items, money is no object.
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Only drink water or occasionally ice tea. But the DW and I will often split a po-boy or something else. Most places don't mind but we've had 1 or 2 places that charged extra to split a meal.
Interestingly a large po-boy will easily be enough for us with a small fries to split. And the price difference between two small and one large sandwich is quite a bit.
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They could have added MiO to their water. If it was, I did not know that you couldn't add that to water at a restaurant. I carry it with me and use it at work just to change up drinking plain water.
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I wonder if that constitutes bringing outside food and drink into the restaurant which is explicitly a sign at some restaurants.
What! I can't bring a bottle of Cheer Wine into a fast food joint and down it with my burger?
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Ok, I confess!
I got a water glass at Panera but filled it with soda water!
Lock me up in Panera jail with nothing but bread, water, and broccoli cheddar soup.
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Plus, the cost of the sugar water coming out of the fountain is so low that itís not worth making a scene, even by the manager.

My wife shakes her head at me when I fill my cup with water and then give it a small amount if their lemonade. About the same flavor wise as adding a lemon. I wouldnít fill the cup, but a spritz of lemon Iíve justified in my head. Oh well.
As long as you can justify it to yourself. It's all where you draw the line to determine if it's theft or if it's ok. Oh well.
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You seemed irked enough to vent here.
I was wondering if you were irked enough to do anything about it.

Guess not.
No more irked than others who post on other topics in this Other topics subforum.

It was just an observation. E.g. nosy. E.g. not minding my business.


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To me itís different going to a restaurant, paying for a meal, giving a tip, and then getting $0.02 for carbonation. Considering I try to minimize consumption (napkins, plates, etc) Iím sure I more than makeup for the added cost. The business makes money.

I would never get a free coke - but I guess for me the carbonation seems insignificant in cost and not exactly what they intend when charging for a soda pop.
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I get water at Panera and squeeze a bunch of free lemon in it. I guess I could take sweetener and make my own lemonade. That would be legal as they offer unlimited lemons.
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Only drink water or occasionally ice tea. But the DW and I will often split a po-boy or something else. Most places don't mind but we've had 1 or 2 places that charged extra to split a meal.
Interestingly a large po-boy will easily be enough for us with a small fries to split. And the price difference between two small and one large sandwich is quite a bit.


Because poíboys and small fries are HUGE down here!! (LA) that is a meal for two, or mom & 3 little kids!! 🤣
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