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View Poll Results: What is the ethical approach to ordering soft drinks in a self-refill environment?
Always order the smallest size. It's the logical best value and the restaurant knows what it's doing. 65 67.71%
Order a medium soda with expectations of getting a refill. It's the compromise that is most fair to both parties in combination. 19 19.79%
Order a size that approximates your expected need, even if it means paying more for a large. 5 5.21%
Don't order a soda in a self-refill environment. It's too fraught with ethical minefields. 2 2.08%
I would need to take a college philosophy course before I can answer this. 5 5.21%
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:52 PM  
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The ethics of get-it-yourself refills.

I was in a restaurant tonight, and it had a system in place that I like. They set the soda machine out in the dining room, and you can just go get your own refill. Getting my own soda refill is one of my key selection criteria for restaurants these days.

However, I have a conundrum. When I order a soda, I'm usually asked if I want a small, medium, or large.

Now, think about that for a moment. It's free refills with no shame. I don't have to ask someone for my refills, I just go get them.

So the logical approach here is to always order a small drink, right? Maybe I have to get up sooner to get my refill, but big deal. It burns calories to walk over there.

But at the same time, I feel guilty ordering a small soda if I'm already figuring that I'll get a refill. Essentially, I'm getting a large soda for the price of a small. Is this ethical? If I know that I want more than the XX ounces in a small size, should I order the size that closest approximates my need? Or should I look out for my own self-interest and always order the smallest size at the lowest cost?

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Old 10-10-2018, 04:02 PM   #91
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:03 PM   #92
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:05 PM   #93
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:04 PM   #94
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That I would say is wrong. In RainMan's case, he's doing exactly what the restaurant allows. In your case, it's stealing.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:40 PM   #95
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That would have been magical. I never got free sodas anywhere. At the Sirloin Stockade we could get free lemonade or punch while working, which was tasty, but no sodas. I'm not sure, but I think we got also free meals on our breaks, which was a huge perk for a kid with no money. If they weren't free they were very highly discounted.

The Dairy Queen made us pay for our meals at either full price or close to it, and they paid about half of the minimum wage due to some weird loophole. It was my only option since I was under 16. There were some shifts where I basically just worked for a meal since I had a teenage appetite.
It's pretty weak for any restaurant to not give some kind of significant discount on food for employees. I worked at a high end steakhouse when I was in my teens and they had a food program where for just under $2 each shift you could get a meal (only certain ones though, burger and fries, fish sandwich, lasagne etc. No steak or prime rib of course) and all the pop you could possibly consume. Only a fool wouldn't take them up on that deal.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:50 PM   #96
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At Pizza Inn we were allowed to make a free personal pizza for ourselves each shift. As a poor college student, that was the best part of working there. Drinks must have been free too, but I don't remember specifically.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:16 PM   #97
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At Pizza Inn we were allowed to make a free personal pizza for ourselves each shift. As a poor college student, that was the best part of working there. Drinks must have been free too, but I don't remember specifically.
Thought I remembered that as well. It was a good place. I abused the free soda policy so much my boss once told me I was going to make a great alcoholic cause he never saw me without a drink in my hand.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:30 PM   #98
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:36 PM   #99
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McDonalds kinda flips this argument on its head though. They charge the same $1 price regardless of which size you get.
This messes me up more than anything. I don't really need or want a large, but if I'm paying the same price why not. They are making their money regardless.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:53 PM   #100
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I had no idea that McDonald's did that. I wonder if that affects the sizes that people order.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:00 PM   #101
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:10 PM   #102
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I would say both are probably equally as harmful.

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Old 10-10-2018, 07:22 PM   #103
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This is a tad off topic...but anyone ever upsize an order at Carls Jr? Here in Phoenix, I went through the drive thru...ordered 3 meals and they asked me if I wanted to "upsize" my order...larger drink/fries...I said sure. When I got to the window they charged me an extra $12.00 dollars...$4.00 per meal for slightly larger order of fries and drinks! I told the chick that was outrageous and she had that look like she'd heard that response more than once. I have driven off but had people waiting on me to return with food. I'll be eating inside from now one and getting that "water" cup T-Post Tom is talking about...will take me years to get even.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:41 PM   #105
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