The universal theory of free soda refills is one of those things that has been discussed in great depth at the theoretical level, but apparently theory has become reality at a Seattle-area McDonald’s I visited yesterday that is taking steps to lock down on serial refill thieves. Yup, it says right on the fountain that free refills are only offered on a single visit.
Really? This must be a real problem to warrant an official sign to be made and posted. Being that soda is so cheap to buy, I anticipate these measures will only be taken by fast food restaurants in rough neighborhoods with high rates of homelessness.
With free refills at fast food restaurants being a fundamental part of the American Dream, any more substantial changes have the potential to rock this fine nation to its core. I contacted McDonald’s for comment, but have not yet heard back.