McDonald’s Set To Remove Self-Serve Soda Fountains By 2032
Have you ever had that feeling of sheer panic when you realize you’ve forgotten to grab your refill at a fast-food restaurant? You know, that moment when you’re already halfway out the door and suddenly struck with the fear that your thirst might re-emerge at any moment? Well, you’re not alone! I’ve made a sport out of it, and it turns out that McDonald’s has been taking notes.
In a recent report by USAToday.com, it seems that McDonald’s is ready to say goodbye to self-serve soda fountains by 2032. While you might be wondering why on earth they’d do such a thing, the reasons are as varied as the condiment options at their self-serve ketchup station. Hygiene, theft, and poor customer habits are the culprits, they say.
Now, I’ll admit it – I’ve always been the type to get a refill, whether I’m thirsty or not. It’s like a reflex. It doesn’t matter if I’ve just downed a bucket-sized Coke; I’ll fill up that cup again before leaving. I mean, who could resist the siren call of free refills?
First up, hygiene! McDonald’s soda fountains have long been a breeding ground for all sorts of germs. Think about it – you’ve got hundreds of hands touching the same dispenser, pressing the same buttons, and, well, you get the picture.
Now, my habit of grabbing a refill isn’t a hygiene issue on its own – I’m a clean person, I promise! But the thought of all those soda lovers who might not be as diligent about their handwashing, well, that could be a reason to say goodbye to self-serve soda fountains.
Next, theft. As it turns out, not everyone is as honest as they seem when it comes to refilling their cups. People have been known to bring in their own containers or, use cups from other fast-food joints to pilfer soda from the self-serve machines.