This is probably going to sound dumb to a lot of you, but it's something that really bothers me, so I'm going to go ahead and blog about it. Bear with me.
So, the night when I went to see We Bought A Zoo was very cold, so I decided to buy a cup of hot tea at the concession stand in the theater. This particular theater has a Starbucks in it, and the menu board reads: Hot Tea....$2.50. Just the one price, and the price is listed in the column farthest to the right, where all the largest sized drink prices are listed. Like this:
My conversation with the coffee people went something like this:
Me: I'd like a hot tea, but can I get that in the biggest cup you have, please?
Cashier: Sure. That'll be $5.24.
Me: The price board says it's $2.50.
Cashier: That's for the small.
Me: But there's only one price.
Manager: That price is for the small.
Me: Really? So it costs twice as much for extra water and a bigger cup? Because I'm only using one tea bag either way.
Manager: I'll charge your for a medium, but that's the best I can do.
Me: Fine. Whatever.
Cashier: That'll be $4.18.
This infuriates me. Seriously: it's JUST MORE WATER.
Now, I understand that a lot of concession businesses operate this way; they have to count the cups at the beginning and end of a shift, and so they're basically charging for the cup, but if that was the problem, then how come she was able to charge me for a medium and give me a large? It's like they didn't even understand why I was complaining.
I also know that it sounds pretty stupid for me to be complaining about having to pay extra for a bigger drink, but I'm using the same amount of product (the single tea bag) either way. That cup must be made out of some very fancy extra-special cardboard for a few extra inches of it to double the cost.
Also, how is a small $2.50 and a medium comes to over $4?? That makes no sense! The very least these guys could do is to change their menu board, am I right?
This is the kind of thing that makes me want to boycott. I'm big on boycotts. In fact, I think I WILL boycott this coffee stand. Next time, I'm sneaking in a thermos.
4 weeks ago