What’s the most fascinating thing for Germans when visiting America?
When a classmate of mine and I went to Arizona on a student exchange, this was one of the questions that has been much on our mind ever since. We discussed it today again, and since we couldn’t come up with a proper answer I call my fellow dopers for help.
In American McDonald’s restaurants (well, at least in the one we went to, but I dare generalize and say in ALL American McDonald’s restaurants) you can buy one soda and have as many free refills as you want.
The sodas are, however, sold in different sizes.
So what’s the point in buying a large coke when you simply can buy a small one and take a refill? You’ll have the same amount as with a large one, while paying much less.
I understand some people take their meals away and thus vcan’t take the refill, and some might simply be too lazy, but to us this can hardly account for this insane practice. Any information available?
Said classmate, btw, insists on having seen different sizes of soda bottles (apparently, one and two litres) in a supermarket for the same price. I don’t remember this any more, but I think while one could come up with an explanation for the MacRefill, you certainly won’t find one for this. Or is it more or less usual in Yankee stores?