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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Assholes

Joe's got the details.

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10 Comments:

  • I hope those fuckers, whoever they are, wind up reading the right blog entry somewhere and realizing that they're rude idiots.

    By Blogger Joseph H., at 5:48 PM  

  • Er... did they DRINK the water?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:40 PM  

  • Not surprisingly, the word "Duke" came up.

    I rest my case.

    Is this fucking 1907 or what?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:11 PM  

  • I don't get it-- what's wrong with asking for s glass of water to drink? It's not drinking a glass of water here and there that's put us in a drought for chrissakes, and anything else they would have ordered would have had to have water in it somewhere along the line.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:56 PM  

  • it's not the water that you drink. it's all the extra glasses that have to be washed.

    the restaurant is trying to implement a policy of selling water in plastic bottles for 75 cents each. the customers insisted on being served tap water. in glasses. that now have to be washed.

    and yes, every drop counts right now. washing a dozen extra glasses that didn't have to be washed? that's a couple of gallons right there.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 11:13 PM  

  • So a restaurant decides it's going to make people pay for water. Water in environmentally awful plastic bottles (see http://tinyurl.com/29xbkb), probably from a tap somewhere far away that may well also be having a drought, and shipped here in a truck using lots of gasoline (not to mention the oil used to make the bottles).

    It also takes the environmentally unforgivable step of using only disposable dishes (one of my least favorite local customs) - probably to save on its labor costs rather than to save anyone water.

    And you're calling the people who wanted a drink of water assholes???

    I'm all for saving water, especially during a drought. I flush the toilet rarely, don't shower every day, etc. I worked in restaurants for years, and it's usually easy to convince me customers can be jerks. But I'm 100% on the customers' side on this one.

    Though I bet the John Locke Foundation thinks bottled water is harmless and sustainable...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:23 AM  

  • anon - there's about 7 weeks of water left in the freakin' reservoirs. in the near term, if that means we generate a little extra garbage to get through what could be a public health crisis, then you do your part.

    making a big deal about forcing a restaurant to run an extra load through the dishwasher is a dumb move.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 4:27 AM  

  • I take your point - as long as you come down just as hard on anyone who orders a locally brewed draft beer in a Durham bar, and think that bars should sell only plastic bottles of MGD until further notice.

    Thanks for the reply - love the blog, but I can't go from reading criticism of the Herald-Sun position on climate change to a civic call to consume bottled water :)

    (btw - I wrote the 2:23 AM comment, but not all the other anonymous ones.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:37 PM  

  • Um, it's about the rain. We need rain. In the interim, we need to use as little water as possible. It's not about throwing away plastic. It's not about some fucking Al Gore movie. It's about our needing to use as little water as possible right now. Maybe there is some correlation between throwing away plastic forks, and maybe there isn't. But it doesn't matter. Right now, it's about using as little water as possible.

    You say "what's wrong with asking for s glass of water to drink" as if they were denied water. They weren't. They were told the terms under which they could have some. They didn't like that.

    The post states that the restaurant is probably spending more money on disposables than on water they're saving. So "probably to save on its labor costs rather than to save anyone water" is just wrong. But they're sure as hell going to save on labor costs if they have to shut down for not showing a 50% reduction on water use, or by only being able to have water for three hours a day. Then everybody gets to go home, not work, and sit in their stink. Yeah, then we're all really saving on labor costs, because no one is making jack. Is that what you want? Sure sounds like it.

    By Blogger Joseph H., at 1:02 AM  

  • If they drank the water they were served and it's not about the water they drank but about washing the glasses in which they were served the water then the water should have been served in paper cups along with the paper plates on which their meal should have been served.

    That's more all-round environmentally friendly than plastic anything including the plastic bottled water that they were trying to sell for $0.75. A really concerned restaurant would have bought the water in bulk and served it in paper cups.

    If the restaurant is still washing glassware and dinnerware in the middle of a drought then the restaurant owners are the assholes. Never mind ripping off the customers for $0.75 just to get water and then pretending to be responsive to the water shortage.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:13 PM  

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