The Insite received this letter from an angry Fox 26 viewer who is sweating the small stuff at McDonald’s:
My wife and I are 72. We like to eat at McDonalds but we have to watch our budget. Three weeks ago we visited, and ordered sandwiches and water to drink at the McD at 2125 FM 2920 in Spring, only to discover that a cup of water was now $.25. That is a 5% increase on a $5 purchase, and it affects the people who are on the tightest budgets. (It’s not that we don’t buy meals with soft drinks because we don’t like soft drinks!) To add further insult, the server said the price went up because paper cup prices increased. That might be true. It happens. But we all know that they buy cups by the train load at about a penny each.
I forwarded this to the 100+ people in my circle of genealogist friends, and everybody else on my address book, in hopes that they would do the same. Turns out that they did, and my granddaughter in Kansas heard a DJ in Wichita, KS read the letter over the air!
Anyway, charging for a drink of water, especially in Texas, is NOT acceptable behavior. You don’t turn away a thirsty man OR his horse.
I later visited the store one more (last) time. They have now decided to give one Kids Meal size cup of water for free (with no free refills), but all other cup sizes of water are $1.00!
The McD down the street from them, at 5909 FM 2920 in Spring, says they are charging $1.00 for large cups of water, but apparently no charge for other sizes?
I don’t know if this is a rogue operation by the franchisee rather than a national policy, but either way they have lost my business. I can get a free soda of my choice at Taco Bell, and nice discounts at other places nearby, and all the free water I can drink.
E. B. Spradley