I share only one true quality with my dog. You can put down any size glass in front of us and we will drink until it is empty. One of us will then make horrible retching noises while rolling around on the carpet under the ottoman.
And so when I hear that free refills could be heading the way of limited edition Shrek glasses, that gets my heart in a tizzy. The Consumerist brings news of an Italian beef shop in Tucson, Arizona (this is where trends start people, in out of the way places like Tucson and Forks, Washington), that has downscaled unlimited refills to only one refill because of "the rising cost of syrup."
Free refills are one of my great joys in life. I agree to suspend disbelief that my iced tea costs $2.50, if the restaurant agrees that my glass will get topped off a few times over the course of my meal. That seems like a fair bargain.
In addition, we will both ignore the fact that I should not be consuming 32 ounces of soda. The server will rely on me to stop before my hands get jittery from the caffeine and I will rely on the server to understand that I make the sane decision at Quik Trip every day to not fill up a travel mug the size of my head, even if it's cheaper than the smaller drink size because of a coupon.
I think about my soda consumption at home and every day in order to luxuriate in that cognitive dissonance on weekend evenings. So don't take away my unlimited refills, dining institutions of Kansas City. And I promise to not drink to the point to where I need to retreat under the ottoman for a while.
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