McDonald's Charges More For Sweet Tea With Anything Less Than A "Full" Cup Of Ice


McDonald’s Charges More For Sweet Tea With Anything Less Than A “Full” Cup Of Ice

Reader Greg had his first run in with the notorious “no ice” fee, something we’ve been hearing about more and more lately. This time the culprit was McDonald’s and they got around the “Ok, fine. I’ll just have one cube of ice” tactic with a sign that specified a “FULL” cup of ice. Clever, McDonald’s. Very. Clever.

Greg says:

So I decided on my lunch break from work I wanted some Mc Donald’s…. I went into this new store for the first time and well…. here’s my email to Mc Donald’s corporate….

I visited this store for the first time. I placed my regular order and when I said “and a Sweet Tea with no ice” I got met with resistance from the cashier and manager. The cashier called over her manager and they spoke in spanish, not english like I was speaking. The manager then said it was $1.69 for the sweet tea even though right above her head it say $1. She claimed it was because I didn’t want ice. I stated at every other restaurant I have never been charged 69 cents for “having it my way” without ice. She then pointed to a sign hung on the wall that stated ” $1 Sweet Tea with ice only otherwise regular price”. First, I never knew Sweet Tea had any other price than $1 and the big sign behind didn’t show that. So I then said “Ok, I’ll take ice in my drink, 1 ice cube will be enough.” She then said it has to be totally full of ice, and then pointed to a different sign that said “$1 Sweet Tea with FULL cup of ice only. Otherwise regular price. No Refills.”

For as long as I have been buying food at Mc Donald’s I have never been charged for not taking ice. Thats like charging me 50 cents because I don’t want mustard on my burger.
Is this normal practice? Is this a new rule about sweet tea? If so I am very disappointed in Mc Donald’s and your marketing strategies.

PS. I also do have photos of the two signs they used as proof to try to charge me more money.

I am yet to hear back from Mc Donald’s and doubt they will say or do anything in regards to this, but I think its getting a little outrageous how these companies can just start adding fees and surcharges for something as simple as no ice…. Its not like an employee has to stand there with two forks and manually grab the ice out of my cup, just don’t put it in to begin with…. shouldn’t they give me a discount for not having to spend the time to put the ice in the cup…?

Oh, no, Greg. Don’t you see? You’re not paying the fee for “convenience,” you’re just a dirty scammer who was trying to get a tiny amount of “Sweet Tea” for free. McDonald’s is on to your little game. You’ll take your ice and like it! Oh, wait. Have you tried asking for your ice “on the side?”

In any case, Greg says that the two signs were tucked away in non-obvious locations. He says the one pictured here was “behind the work area of the employees on a side wall at about 7 feet high” nowhere near the menu. Sneaky.

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Ancient moss, insects found in Antarctica


By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer

Mon Aug 4, 5:14 PM ET

WASHINGTON – Mosses once grew and insects crawled in what are now barren valleys in Antarctica,
according to scientists who have recovered remains of life from that
frozen continent. Fourteen million years ago the now lifeless valleys
were tundra, similar to parts of Alaska, Canada and Siberia — cold but able to support life, researchers report.

Geoscientist Adam Lewis of North Dakota State University was studying the ice cover of the continent when he and co-workers came across the remains of moss on a valley floor.

“We knew we shouldn’t expect to see something like that,” Lewis said in a telephone interview.

The moss was essentially freeze dried, he said. Unlike fossils,
where minerals replace soft materials, the moss tissues were still
there, he said.

“The really cool thing is that all the details are still there,”
even though the plant has been dead for 14 million years. “These are
actually the plant tissues themselves.”

Lewis’ findings are reported in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

While some mosses have been found near the coast of Antarctica, as
well as insects living on sea birds, this site is well inland.

Further study uncovered remains of tiny crustaceans known as
ostracodes, small midges and beetles, and pollen from southern beech
trees and pink plants.

“The existence of wet-based glaciers, proglacial lakes, tundra
vegetation and insect remains all indicate that the climate of the
western Olympus range … was warmer and wetter that that of today”
about 14 million years ago, the researchers report.

It’s important to know that because it adds to the understanding of the Earth’s climate system, Lewis explained.

For 50 million years the Earth has been cooling, he said. “As it
cools it crosses thresholds. This is one, when Antarctica became
permanently frozen and locked up.”

“You have to understand where these thresholds are,” he added,
“Because, if human beings are unfortunate enough to push climate over
one of these thresholds, it could be a total catastrophe.”

The research was supported by the National Science Foundation.

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