Why so little water?

Why do restaurants provide under-sized cups when you ask for water with a meal?

Is the cost difference between this little clear plastic cup and the regular soda-pop cups so huge?

Are you trying to force me into ordering soda-pop by ensuring I can not quench my thirst with water?

Are you thinking I will be too lazy to get up and refill this cup as often as it would require and thus I will buy a larger soda-pop cup?

Have you never been thirsty for water in your life?

Pictured: A “water” cup next to a “small soda” cup at a well-known national restaurant chain. I bet you can recognize the chain from the decor – or at least find the name not too terribly hidden in the picture!


  1. This one is easy. Yes Conall they want you to buy the fizzy drinks for a buck, which cost them < $.10, rather than providing you with free water and a free plastic cup which costs them money. Even better if you super-size and buy the drink for what, like $1.50 for what costs them < $.15.

  2. @ Gaurav

    Indeed, they definitely have a financial motive to force me to buy the other drink options. Drinks always prime money-makers for the restaurant. Still, no interest on their part in balancing the drive for money with the goal of customer satisfaction? Sure, sometimes I want a soda or other drink, but when I want water, this tiny cup just makes me disappointed.

  3. I was just curious if anyone put in the effort Googling the various praises printed on the cup to verify the establishment? I also think that ‘googling’ is a really funny word.

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