Thursday, April 07, 2011
Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) orders a Coke Classic at a strip joint in Beverly Hills Cop 2...
The bartender demands, "SEVEN DOLLARS" and Eddie spits the drink out, protesting, "SEVEN DOLLARS? I CAN GET BLOWN FOR SEVEN DOLLARS!!!"
While it's not that bad yet, the other day some fast food place charged me $3 for a fountain soda.
Guess what...I'm not that thirsty. That's ridiculous considering the drink costs them probably less than a dime.
All businesses today are hurting and looking to soak their best customers. So be on your guard. ATM fees have gone from $2 to $3 in my area. Annual fees for my credit card have finally been made *non-negotiable*. I also got hit with a $1,300 ambulance bill recently - and it's only a 3 mile drive!
I now keep a case of water bottles in the car along with juice boxes for the kids. And if we go out for a quick lunch we'll maybe share a single lemonade or something.
I can certainly afford to buy drinks at these struggling restaurants - and I will selfishly spend $7 per beer in Manhattan....but there's just something off-putting about these egregious profit grabs.
Not for nothin' but these restaurants are doomed in this high oil/high commodity price environment.