A Las Vegas restaurant is catching flak for charging .50 cents for water and not telling customers about it until they get their bills, according to this Delish.com story.
I’ve got no problem with restaurants charging extra for water, particularly when customers also request lemons.
Many people took to ordering water after restaurant owners got greedy and began charging more than $2 for a glass of tea, which costs maybe a quarter to make.
I eat out every single day. When I hit a restaurant, I’m there to enjoy the grub. A beverage is just something to wash down the food. I used to order tea until restaurants kept raising the prices.
Now I order water. And I look around at other tables and notice that most other people are ordering water these days, even though restaurant managers and servers definitely try to push colored drinks on patrons. Tea is a big profit margin.
If a table of five orders water and lemon instead of tea, the restaurant misses out on $10 profit. The server’s tip might be lower as well, since tips are determined in part by the size of the bill.
Restaurants cover their losses by raising drink prices even more, thereby exploiting avid tea, coffee, and coke drinkers, who end up subsidizing the freeloading water slurpers.
Increased drink prices only drive more people to order water.
It’s a vicious, vicious cycle.
Since I’m the primary voice of reason on this apocalyptic ball we call our world, let me put this debate to rest by offering a sensible solution: Lower tea prices to $1.25 like they should be, and charge .75 cents for water ($1 if you want lemon too).
There, everybody pays their fair share.
Now, what other world problems do you need me to solve?