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Are the US [and Canada] the only countries that understand free refills?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Jason L., Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Kevin Hewell

    Kevin Hewell Well-Known Member

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    Eeek! I also, if I don't get wine, only drink water when I eat out. I guess I should be glad so many people drink soft drinks considering I live in the city where Coca-Cola has its headquarters.
     
  2. Dennis Nicholls

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    Remind me not to take Francois to Shorty's if he visits me here in Boise. [​IMG]

    I really have a problem with aspartame, and it's not just that it sounds like asparagus. Now whenever I drink diet soda I get a spliting headache. I'm not sure if it's an allergic reaction or what. I miss the days of cyclamates which didn't have any side effects.
     
  3. Jimi C

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    You were probably in a heavy tourist area where they gouge you on everything. Its similar in places like that in the US. There are no free refills in Disneyland or the airport.
     
  4. Francois Caron

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    Inviting me to a bar is like inviting a vegetarian to a steak house. [​IMG]
     
  5. Greg_R

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    My question is why are people going to crappy US chain restaurants in foreign countries? Go eat some good local food!
     
  6. Dennis Nicholls

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    Whenever I was in SE Spain or in Sicily I was never offered soda with a meal. It was always what kind of red wine that I wanted served. [​IMG]
     
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    Same reason here. I can not see paying $10.00+ for drinks at one meal. Now if I could only convince everyone else in the family. [​IMG] I actually really enjoy a good glass of ice water. [​IMG]
     
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    Have you tried Diet Rite? I wanted to cut aspartame out of my diet a few years back and became a big fan of it. I do drink diet drinks with aspartame now, but I still really like Diet Rite-- bought a couple two liters today.
     
  9. Edwin-S

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    Aspartame is disgusting in soda drinks and Sucralose is only a little better. At least I don't get a splitting headache with Sucralose contaminated drinks. I can't say the same for Aspartame.
     
  10. Holadem

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    Sorry no. Outside of rich countries, you're far likelier to get these perks in tourist areas than where a bottle of soda could be mini-luxury for average joe.

    The answer to the question in the title is an emphatic YES, with the disclaimer that I've not been everywhere, far from it. But this country is unique in many ways, and there are things about it one can assert without extensive proof: I believe the free refills thing is a purely (and typical) American excess. Elsewhere, the idea that you are entitled to free refills on a drink you've purchased is as absurd as claiming the same about the food.

    Of course, I love free refills. Dirt cheap soda (heck the thing is probably cheaper than bottle water) and healthy competition between restaurants makes this possible. But I would never expect them beyond these borders and certainly would never, ever feel entitled to them.

    Now, IIRC, the OP has traveled extensively and should know all of this.

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  11. Clinton McClure

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    I miss the days of Coke made with cane sugar. I've heard it can still be found in the Hispanic food section of some markets but I have not seen it here.
     
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    I admit it. I am addicted to regular soda. I tried diets and hated them. Everytime, I have tried to quit. It never works out. So as with everything I eat now. I do it in moderation. Instead of a 24oz bottle at lunch. I get these little 8oz 1/2 cans. Its only 100cal opposed to almost 300cal. This way I curve my craving for it. Without the massive calories of a big bottle.
     
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    Doesn't Kosher Coke use cane sugar?
     
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    The Mexican food markets here carry the imported Cokes made with real sugar. I don't normally drink anything but diet, but when we visit the markets I'll always grab a Coke.
     
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    I believe so. That is why when Coke releases it during the Jewish holidays. Lots of people who like the cane version buy large amounts of it.


    On a side note. When I went to London last year. I noticed all of the regular soda's had a slightly different after-taste. Is this because of the sweetener they use there compared to the US?
     
  16. Jason L.

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    Who said anything about feeling entitled? If fountain drinks are that cheap, then offering free refills is an easy way to differentiate yourself from your competition. Certain customers won't really care, but some definitely will. I don't know why they haven't caught on to that yet.
     
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    In what country? You said "1 cent" so I assume it's here, but perhaps you did some currency conversion.

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    Because most of them are. I'll eat at one if no other option is available. Otherwise, I would rather eat at a local, mom and pop type place. Call it elitist or what you will. I personally don't think having a discriminating palate is elitist.

    One of the best things about traveling is experiencing a culture different from your own. That especially includes the local cuisine.
     
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    I consider the food at most North American chain restaurants (especially the "family" themed restaurants) "trough food." And their patrons are the big fat piggies, all served the lowest quality, highest fat, highest salt food imaginable!

    That's why I hate going on business trips in suburbs and small towns. Those are the only restaurants you can find in the area! Oink oink!
     

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