But there is something I don’t understand
Back 20 years ago, the last time I lived in the United States there were a few restaurants that offered free drink refills. Not too many, though.
These days, it seems like every place has free refills. I am primarily talking about fast food places, but it also applies to traditional restaurants in a lot of cases.
You just walk up to the cashier order a drink, choose the size you want, and you are handed an empty cup. You then to over to the drink area, fill up your cup, get a lid and a straw, and go enjoy your drink.
While you are eating, or for as long as you stay there, you can just keep refilling the cup over and over again, there is no extra charge!
If they did this in the Philippines
If they offered these kinds of free refills of soft drinks in the Philippines… well, you would never be able to find a seat in the place! People would drain those syrup containers dry!
The only place I know of in the Philippines where you can get free drink refills is at S&R, which is a membership store, somewhat like a Costco. But, since it required membership, that would tend to limit the clientelle to people who have money. Those people are far less likely to abuse the system.
So many flavors
Another thing about getting your drink is that there are so many flavors available! We have a Burger King just up the street from where I live. My friend and I like to meet there to get together and talk. We just each get a drink, and will stay for as long as we have something to talk about.
When I go there, it is just amazing, though, how many flavors they offer.
I only drink diet drinks, and there are still a number of diet drink flavors to choose from. In the Philippines you are lucky if they even offer a diet drink!
But, I don’t understand
One thing about it that I just don’t understand is that you have to choose what size of drink you want. As normal, the size of the drink determines the price.
If you can refill the cup as many times as you want, why would you pay more for the larger sizes? And, the prices are not cheap! When my friend and I meet up at Burger King, we each get a large drink, and they are $2.24 for the large drink (including tax). That is pretty high compared to what I am used to.
But, why not get a small drink for the low price, and just keep refilling it? I don’t know.
Funny thing is, I just get the large myself, though, because that is what everybody seems to do.
The large drink is really large
And, the size of the large dink? It must be nearly a liter in itself! I find that unless we are at Burger King for a long, long time, I can hardly finish the large drink. But, I will usually refill it before leaving so that I have a full drink to bring home with me.
But they are not so large at all places
But, Burger King seems to be the king of drink sizes too. In fact, the medium size at Burger King is the same size as the large drink at McDonald’s! Take a look at the picture and see what I am talking about.
These free and large refills are something that is new to me!