But this morning I thought of something REALLY EXCITING to write about: Water! Ya, I know what you're thinking...maybe I should just stick to laundry room shelf posts, right? But really, I have a serious problem with water. Water cups, to be specific. Have you noticed lately that all the fast food and fast sit-down restaurants (you know, like Cafe Rio and Zupas) all give you these minuscule cups if you order water? I swear, the cups are smaller than the cups that come out of those Dixie cup dispensers! You know, just because I'm ordering water doesn't mean I should be punished with a shot glass sized drink. I'm not cheap. It's not a money thing. Trust me, I would much rather be drinking a 64oz Coke! But I'm generally on a diet, or else I've already had my daily allowance of calorie-free liquid carcinogen, so I'm trying to be more healthy. But I feel lately like restaurants are trying to make me feel like a second rate citizen for ordering water!
My two biggest pet peeves in the water cup department are:
1) the clear plastic cup with no lid. Have you gotten these? It's like a whole different category of cup; not Styrofoam, not regular plastic, not cardboard. It's like those little tiny disposable cups you get in hospital to wash your pills down with, only slightly bigger. And it doesn't have a lid. So I'm supposed to carry a cup full of icy water on a tray with other food, with one hand, while I wrangle my toddler with my other hand, across a crowded restaurant, while I try to find a table, without spilling a drop, and then try to eat my meal without my baby dumping that water on me or herself?? Why can't I just get a regular cup FORPETESSAKE?? I've asked them if I could please get my water in a bigger cup, and they say yes that'll be $2.50 please. FOR THE CUP? The empty cup? That I'm going to put regular tap water in? Is your tap water made of GOLD??
2) My other pet peeve is the mini-cup at the drive-through. Although the above scenario irritates me to no end, at least I have the option of going back up to the drink dispensers every 15 seconds to refill my 1/4 cup of water. But when I'm in the drive through and they hand me, literally, a cup that is half the size of my kids' kids meal drinks, I lose it. How am I supposed to refill that when I'm 8 feet down the road and it runs out?
Mostly the thing that bugs me is that these restaurants seem bent on trying to make me feel like a loser for ordering the most healthy drink on this earth. The one thing our bodies can't live without, and I get a big, plastic guilt trip every time I order one. Well, a tiny plastic guilt trip. Sometimes they'll give me a bigger cup if I ask for one, but sometimes they really won't and they try to tell me it's some kind of company policy: I'm sorry, ma'am, it says right here that I can't provide a water cup bigger than a thimble or I'll be fired.
Think twice, lame restaurants. You're not going to make me change my drink order all of the sudden just because you hand me 2 oz of water. ("Oh, I only get that much water?? Well then, by all means change my drink to an extra large Oreo shake!") So you might as well pony up the 2 cents it costs you for that bigger cup and fill it with that ultra expensive WATER and hand it over to me with a smile. AND A LID!