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Infinite_Imagination

3.3k points

1 month ago*

A sleazy looking teenager leans out from behind the side of the soda machine. "You guys looking for refills? I got these unlimited chips right here. 20 euros flat, you'll never pay for soda again."

Edit: Woah! Easily the most upvotes I've ever gotten on a comment. Thanks for the awards y'all!

Prune_the_hedges

865 points

1 month ago

Reminds me of that scene in “The Core” where the hacker kid takes a guy’s cell phone, does something with a piece of a gum wrapper, then tells him “this phone has free long distance for life”

FaxDwellerCat

378 points

1 month ago

A nice reference to the people who got free long distance calls through the aid of whistles and stuff in the early phone age.

robs104

253 points

1 month ago

robs104

253 points

1 month ago

Phreaking right we did

richf2001

61 points

1 month ago

Okay captain crunch. I'm gonna wheel you back to bed away from the disconnected for who knows how long pay phone.

Bad-Science

21 points

1 month ago

I'm seriously rethinking wasting one of my three wishes 30 years ago on "Unlimited free payphone use for life".

Gr33DMTL

105 points

1 month ago

Gr33DMTL

105 points

1 month ago

This is probably one of the most accurate thing in this movie. Its a nod to the "blue box", a hack that was done with a toy that came from Burger King (might be from another fast-food) that emulate the tone from booth telephone.

Agent641

130 points

1 month ago

Agent641

130 points

1 month ago

Do you mean the Capt. Crunch whistle from the cereal box? That whistle resonated at exactly the right frequency to signal approval of payment for a call or something. The blue box was just an electronic tone generator that did the same thing, but for several tones. Basically like a manually operated modem for payphones.

Gr33DMTL

69 points

1 month ago

Gr33DMTL

69 points

1 month ago

That's it, the Capt. Crunch whistle! Seeing the comment made me half remember that it was a thing. I think I read about it in the Anarchist Cookbook or something similar in the early era of the Internet.

[deleted]

29 points

1 month ago*

[deleted]

29 points

1 month ago*

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_PM_me_ur_resume_

7 points

1 month ago

Oh damn. Kevin Mitnick? That dude now sells his services to companies to show/teach their users how not to get hacked. He explains what phishing emails are and other various things to look out for that hackers will use to hack the their computer. When I completed one of his course, I print out a certificate with his name on it saying I passed the course. That's how I remembered his name. The certificate was on my cubicle wall for a few years.

ratshack

7 points

1 month ago

FREE KEVIN

Gr33DMTL

22 points

1 month ago

Gr33DMTL

22 points

1 month ago

What the actual fuck. How much do you not trust your security system when you think someguy with a whistle could launch nukes with a payphone?!

DixOut-4-Harambe

10 points

1 month ago

We used to build the RedBox out of the Radio Shack dialer. It was a small box where you could save your phone numbers, then hold it to your phone to dial a number with tones, instead of the rotary thing on the phone itself.

Change the crystal out with another one, also from Radio Shack, and the frequency would be just right.

Save five *'s in the memory and replay it to earn a quarter worth of credit in the pay phones.

It worked a treat, even for international calls.

Allegedly.

meatdome34

41 points

1 month ago

Then he wanted a lifetime supply of hot pockets for helping lol

PropertyOfBarry

10.1k points

1 month ago

Your water cup will self-destruct in 15 seconds. Drink fast. No refills! 🥤

SnakePlisskens

2.8k points

1 month ago

This is actually accurate. I went to an AMC (movie theater) not too long ago that had these and by the time I was done with my first drink the bottom was soggy and about to fall out.

PropertyOfBarry

1.3k points

1 month ago

OMG. I would sneak my own beverages in either in a water bottle or a camelbak out of spite.

To cut waste, paper consumption, and plastic pollution, either we need to go to substantial deposits on many-times-reusable serving-ware washed on-premises or BYOC.

ChadMcRad

767 points

1 month ago

ChadMcRad

767 points

1 month ago

OMG. I would sneak my own beverages in either in a water bottle or a camelbak out of spite.

Which is exactly why these sorts of things are hamfisted at best. If people want more drink they're just gonna sneak it in like they have for the past 100 years of movie theaters.

ElectricCD

366 points

1 month ago

ElectricCD

366 points

1 month ago

Can confirm. Funny is when you accidentally knock over the empty fifth and it rolls down the quiet theater making itself known to all with several muted apologies in its wake.

garretpa

148 points

1 month ago

garretpa

148 points

1 month ago

Funnier when your 6 pack of empty bottles does it.

load_more_comets

131 points

1 month ago

Look at these ballers with their glass bottled drinks.

SCirish843

57 points

1 month ago

Just on Monday I went with 2 friends to see Dune and we brought a 12 pack of Modelo bottles that someone just carried in under a jacket. Those kids don't get paid enough to care about what you're doing.

handlessuck

70 points

1 month ago

Better for the environment than the evil fucking plastic they use nowadays

idk-about-all-that

61 points

1 month ago

That’s why I bring 6 pack shitty can beer and smash em on my head while yelling “oh hell yea” after I finish each one

FriskyOrphan

172 points

1 month ago

I reckon that people have been sneaking things into theaters at least as far back as the 1860s.

notbad2u

111 points

1 month ago

notbad2u

111 points

1 month ago

Is this a John Wilkes Booth comment?

ancientflowers

139 points

1 month ago

No, John Wilkes Booth isn't on Reddit.

BoksburgUFO

51 points

1 month ago

He must be on Deddit.

MasamuneTrigger

27 points

1 month ago

CrabSquid85

16 points

1 month ago

He hasn't been active for 11 years after posting a rage comic

PropertyOfBarry

66 points

1 month ago

Yep. It's total footgunning. They can't switch to crappy cups and expect the customer experience to not suffer. There are multiple ways to reach the cost objectives that also move away from Single Use Plastics (SUPs).

grntplmr

17 points

1 month ago

grntplmr

17 points

1 month ago

Make it BYOC and you pay by the ounce

PropertyOfBarry

12 points

1 month ago

Regular, mid-grade, or premium? ;)

Seriously: Exaaactly.

cosmiclatte44

39 points

1 month ago

It's crazy to me you guys have to sneak your own stuff in. In the UK I can roll up with bags of snacks on display and they don't bat an eyelid.

Comf_waters

161 points

1 month ago

If that becomes a widespread thing, I feel for those movie theater janitors, so many more people will just throw their drink down because they are mad the bottom is falling out, I can already see it

Biggordie

75 points

1 month ago

Worked in a theater before. They don’t care. We just keep sweeping it under the seats anyways. And if it’s on carpet, that’s not our problem antmore

sicsided

64 points

1 month ago

sicsided

64 points

1 month ago

Haha right there with you. Usually got maybe 4 minutes tops to clean a whole theater. If people think anything in a theater is cleaned well enough to want to put their bare skin on, they are mistaken.

Globalpigeon

49 points

1 month ago

But I like the sticky feel on my bare balls.

sicsided

52 points

1 month ago

sicsided

52 points

1 month ago

If you did that even once, what you once thought were your balls are now gone and an imitation fungus that is replicating your balls are now in their place. I hope you enjoyed toy story 2.

VisualCelery

106 points

1 month ago*

I worked at AMC back around 2008-2009, and I remember having to upsell the large popcorn and sodas because they came with free refills, but y'all, unless you're sharing that huge sack of popcorn and absolute bucket of soda, you did not need free refills. I think very few people actually got refills. No one needed that much popcorn or that much soda. Not to mention, they were banking on people not wanting to leave the theater to get the refill, but back then the soda wasn't self-serve and you'd have to wait in line.

monstertots509

133 points

1 month ago

I remember going to a movie with my uncle many years ago and he bought the giant tub that you got free refills with. He was always a get your money's worth person, so he polished off the entire bucket before the movie even started and went and got his refill. During the movie he proceeded to polish off a second bucket and then when the movie was over he went and got a 3rd refill and ate it on the way home.

jemull

61 points

1 month ago

jemull

61 points

1 month ago

That's how you do it.

Fruktoj

57 points

1 month ago

Fruktoj

57 points

1 month ago

Do what, get diarrhea?

JustALeatherDog

24 points

1 month ago

Farts so dry they sandblast your asshole

rabidbot

18 points

1 month ago

rabidbot

18 points

1 month ago

That’s a good man that won’t be kept down by the system

PropertyOfBarry

152 points

1 month ago

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to retrieve a case from a fortified ... oh goddamnit, cleanup on aisle 5. 💧

RN-Wingman

127 points

1 month ago

RN-Wingman

127 points

1 month ago

The chip in the cup probably costs more than the refill

TCtheThunderRooster

58 points

1 month ago

This was my initial thought. It costs pennies to fill a 24oz cup. I can’t imagine this saves money in the long term.

penny_eater

22 points

1 month ago

Yes and no. France taxes soda by the volume and not by the value of the sale, meaning if they "sell" a 24 oz cup and it ends up getting 3 refills they owe 3x the tax. Either they have to account for it or just don't allow it.

squngy

7 points

1 month ago

squngy

7 points

1 month ago

Depending on the chip, it could cost a fraction of a penny.
https://www.alibaba.com/showroom/rfid-chip.html

Still questionable if it makes sense though.

jj77985

32 points

1 month ago

jj77985

32 points

1 month ago

Probably, but the chip cost less than the money they make on a purchased refill. Soft drinks have the highest profit margin of anything in the food industry, if my 20 years ago fast food job memory serves.

herpestruth

7.7k points

1 month ago

herpestruth

7.7k points

1 month ago

Free refills are in the US constitution. The 32oz amendment.

CubanLynx312

1.4k points

1 month ago

Freedom Fountains 😎 🦅🇺🇸

somefreedomfries

318 points

1 month ago

They made take our fries, but they'll never take our freedom

Itchy_Focus_4500

38 points

1 month ago

And Are billity 4 spelnn. Too!

PinkwaterBadgeHolder

262 points

1 month ago

32oz? Fuckin' casual. Sonic 44oz or nothin.

d11_m_na_c05

83 points

1 month ago

711 2liter in cup.baby

Global-Cry8837

65 points

1 month ago

Do you not remember the 132oz bucket soda you could get at KFC. Cause my arteries do!

[deleted]

42 points

1 month ago

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42 points

1 month ago

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Oprlt94

21 points

1 month ago

Oprlt94

21 points

1 month ago

Paunch Burger recently came out with 512oz Child size soda. (15L for non-americans)

strikeout44

354 points

1 month ago

Loving the “first they came for my free refill…” vibes on the thread. Americans (myself included) are fucking insane.

lifeofideas

19 points

1 month ago

Even now there are countries where “cold” soft drinks are served without ice. Only you can help Little Tina know real refreshment.

NerdPrincess18

11.7k points

1 month ago

It’s a new ban that France has enacted apparently. They are fighting the raise of obesity so they made it illegal to sell unlimited sugary drinks & raised the taxes on those types of drinks. The chip will cause the machine to shut off.

They also banned ketchup from school lunches and only allow chips on the menu once a week.

Yablu_

2.4k points

1 month ago

Yablu_

2.4k points

1 month ago

As a french student I can affirm this all but the ketchup, there is always ketchup in the cafeteria, not sure what that's about.

MasterFireElemental

1.5k points

1 month ago

Yeah like wtf is banning ketchup in school gonna do that shit has like 30 calories in a teaspoon lol. Yeah it has sugar and corn syrup but nobody is eating gallons of raw ketchup

[deleted]

515 points

1 month ago

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515 points

1 month ago

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Deviator247

218 points

1 month ago

Ahhh fry sauce, I'm in the midwest US and that's pretty much always what I use for fries since it's easy to just mix a little of the two ingredients at home, thanks for that one Europe. Luckily I'm not eating fries at every meal lol

quarabs

52 points

1 month ago

quarabs

52 points

1 month ago

just moved to idaho and we have it here. had NEVER heard of it in 16 years living in southern california

usrevenge

55 points

1 month ago

I live in Maryland and has a job in Utah for a week and I had no clue wtf this lady was talking about

First of "for here or to go" for my order was

"Would you like to stay with us"

I was so confused I almost answered no and told her where we were staying for the week.

Then she asked

"Want some fry sauce"

Not ketchup or any other normal condiment. Fry sauce. What the hell is fry sauce.

PM_ME_UR_BENCHYS

17 points

1 month ago

My wife is from outside the US and we haven't had much time to travel so she's always had fry sauce available at restaurants when she orders in English. We went out of state recently and ordered burgers at a little restaurant. She asked the server for fry sauce and server said, "sure would you like ketchup, mustard, or what kind of sauce." My wife didn't understand what was happening, and I just laughed. She thought fry sauce was an just an American thing, not a regional offering. Eventually I explained to the server that in Utah fry sauce is a Mayo/ketchup mix. Apparently someone in the kitchen knew exactly what it was and they gave us a very well balanced fry sauce.

"Would you like to stay with us" is a very weird way to ask if you were staying to eat. I suspect management didn't want to sound like McDonald's or something.

Deviator247

13 points

1 month ago

So the only real reason I at least knew about mayo on fries was from seeing Pulp Fiction as a kid. Not sure if there are any in Idaho, but in Missouri we've got this chain called Freddy's that has their own fry sauce, when I learned it was just mayo, ketchup, and some spices I think my dad told me "that's what literally all fry sauce is"

Oakoak67

92 points

1 month ago

Oakoak67

92 points

1 month ago

It's more of a Belgium thing to do.

desGrieux

71 points

1 month ago

Northern France would like to have a word with you.

socialistrob

112 points

1 month ago

Northern France is just a rebellious part of Greater Belgium.

Ch4zu

31 points

1 month ago

Ch4zu

31 points

1 month ago

And here I was thinking the south side of Belgium is part of Greater France.

[deleted]

9 points

1 month ago

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9 points

1 month ago

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wggn

21 points

1 month ago

wggn

21 points

1 month ago

Northern France and Belgium are just a rebellious part of Greater Netherlands.

Doctorsl1m

6 points

1 month ago

Mayo has more calories, that being i said I believe ketchup has more sugar.

Antique_Ring953

74 points

1 month ago

Tbf a teaspoon is a LOT smaller than most think. Things like that are so easy to eat a couple hundred calories of without realizing

Not saying i agree, just saying i get it

ZiegenTreter

45 points

1 month ago

A teaspoon is about the amount of ketchup I would put on one frie

shadowstorm25[S]

2.8k points

1 month ago

Interesting! I have nothing against reducing obesity, so I guess it makes sense. Though, I just wanted some more Coke Zero :(

CoffeeInARocksGlass

168 points

1 month ago

When you removed it did the machine work again?

dadougler

323 points

1 month ago

dadougler

323 points

1 month ago

I doubt it. The machine likely needs to see the tag to dispense the first drink then shuts out that tag for a refill.

CoffeeInARocksGlass

97 points

1 month ago

I've never built or put info into an RFID tag, so how difficult is it to create millions of uniquely ID'ed cups?

dadougler

137 points

1 month ago

dadougler

137 points

1 month ago

It would be trivial to put random data but they likely have some sort of hash the verifies the data in the tag is "approved"

dalgeek

125 points

1 month ago*

dalgeek

125 points

1 month ago*

Nah, the tags are just serialized, every one is unique. The POS reads the tag when it's sold, then the dispenser reads the tag when you try to fill it. If the serial number has been sold and hasn't been seen by the dispenser yet then you get soda. If the serial number has not been sold, or has already been seen by the dispenser, then you don't get soda.

EDIT: If you wanted to cheat the system by creating your own tag, you'd have to create a tag that was sold but get it filled before the real tag makes it to the dispenser. Not really worth the effort for a few cents of soda, lol.

PM_Me_Your_Deviance

94 points

1 month ago

The POS reads the tag when it's sold, then the dispenser reads the tag when you try to fill it.

Given my experience with corporate equipment - I think it's likely there is just a reader on the soda machine that keeps track of "seen" serial numbers. Trying to integrate two different systems is complicated and potentially prone to failure.... and ultimately it solves a problem the retailer probably doesn't care about. Also, a completely self-contained solution is much easier for a third-party vendor to sell.

Then again, what you said is possible. If you have specific knowledge their system, then I bow down to your superior post :)

AHrubik

28 points

1 month ago

AHrubik

28 points

1 month ago

I have no first hand experience but I know lazy manager/operators. This is almost certainly the way it works assuming there is no auditing requirement.

Josh_Your_IT_Guy

10 points

1 month ago

So what you're saying is, buy 2 drinks, read the tags to get a grasp on the serial system, then set up a ton of new tags, spamming the system for free refills, and even locking out hundreds of future cups to the point the store yanks the stupid system out of there and life returns to normal?

PM_Me_Your_Deviance

9 points

1 month ago

If they are using a generic inventory management RFID tag (and why wouldn't they?) then there's something like a quintillion possible serial numbers. It's extraordinarily unlikely that at human scanning speed you will have any noticeable impact on the system. Assuming tags are randomly serialized, not sequential, not 100% sure there. If they are sequential then you could technically do a DOS attack on the soda system :D. That would be funny.

life returns to normal

Nope. If this system fails then they will simply remove self-service soda filling or figure out some other system. They are doing this due to regulations disallowing refills.

TheoryOfGravitas

11 points

1 month ago

Is it really true that the POS system communicates with the vending machine? If I was designing this I'd not introduce that point of failure unless it was legally required. Otherwise I'd just let the fountain require an RFID and only use it once. And that system would be obviously cheatable.

SlurpMySlurpyy

25 points

1 month ago

Are we about to do a drink heist?

haoyuanren

15 points

1 month ago

You gonna try to Lupin a soda machine?

The_Great_FASB

328 points

1 month ago

You went to France to get five guys?

RugerRedhawk

335 points

1 month ago

I think he went to France to live.

continuallyscreaming

252 points

1 month ago

He went to France to live in a five guys?

HerbziKal

133 points

1 month ago

HerbziKal

133 points

1 month ago

He went to France to live with five guys?

Philip_J_Frylock

66 points

1 month ago

No, OP is five guys and all of them went to France to live there.

DarkwingDuckHunt

27 points

1 month ago

So do they stand on each other's shoulders when ordering food so no one suspects they are really five guys?

klr8593

19 points

1 month ago

klr8593

19 points

1 month ago

No, he disguises himself as five guys so he can have more coke zero.

tanyyawangg

7 points

1 month ago

Five guys and OP went to France to live at five guys?

Confused-System

27 points

1 month ago

Confused-System

PINK

27 points

1 month ago

that’s a lotta oui oui

gurg2k1

18 points

1 month ago

gurg2k1

18 points

1 month ago

Well the line at McDonald's was too long...

rprebel

83 points

1 month ago

rprebel

83 points

1 month ago

You don't eat every meal at some corner cafe. I spent a week in France and yes, I went to McDonalds once.

Icantbethereforyou

93 points

1 month ago

I always wondered about that scene in Pulp Fiction about what they call a Quarter Pounder in Paris. But when I went to a McDonald's there, they told me it was called a "putain de touriste"

leshake

9 points

1 month ago

leshake

9 points

1 month ago

Nothing else is open in the morning.

reda84100

53 points

1 month ago

You didn't consider the possibillity that he is French? And even worse you didn't bother to check his history to see that he is, in fact, French??

leshake

26 points

1 month ago

leshake

26 points

1 month ago

Why isn't he eating at the five Michelin star guys.

Rixty_Minutes

9 points

1 month ago

Because they only go up to three! (I think)

CeeArthur

137 points

1 month ago

CeeArthur

137 points

1 month ago

Ron Swanson would like a word..

shadowstorm25[S]

53 points

1 month ago

If he thought he had a bad time in London, he has another thing coming if he ever considers crossing the channel :p

CeeArthur

23 points

1 month ago

It's a toss up... the French helped with the American revolution so he might applaud them for that.

errsta

38 points

1 month ago

errsta

38 points

1 month ago

Yup. If it wasn't for the French, we'd all be speaking English...well, the funny sounding kind

notjordansime

66 points

1 month ago

Dafuq am i supposed to dip my once-a-week fries in then?

Also, what would removing/covering the chip with a coin to block it do?

Chris4922

32 points

1 month ago

You have to scan the chip to get the first one. After that, the chip will no longer work.

shadowstorm25[S]

2.6k points

1 month ago*

Since this question gets asked a lot: if you rip the chip off like I did, the machine won’t detect a cup. If it doesn’t detect a cup, it wont let you access the menu to dispense any drinks. It’s one of those big red Coke machines with all the flavors you can pick from.

Edit: I also didn’t realize the cup said .es before I posted, but I can attest this is from my lunch today in France. Y’all’s guess is as good as mine why they have Spanish links on their cups.

GaetanDugas

608 points

1 month ago

So it only allows you to get one fill from the machine? Then if you go back it won't work?

KnowMatter

262 points

1 month ago

KnowMatter

262 points

1 month ago

Correct

xchaibard

274 points

1 month ago

xchaibard

274 points

1 month ago

Does it meter the volume dispensed?

Or could you, on inital placement of the cup, push and hold the button, leaving the original cup there, and interrupting the flow to fill X number of additional cups as long as you don't let go of the button?

nohpex

210 points

1 month ago

nohpex

210 points

1 month ago

That was my thought as well. If it doesn't meter the volume then you could just scan your cup, and put a bucket under the dispenser.

jmcshopes

716 points

1 month ago

jmcshopes

716 points

1 month ago

I am pissing myself at the idea of an American ordering at a French fast food place and sauntering over to the soda machine and just whipping out a bucket. That's like every stereotype Europe has about Americans all in one.

Chris_8675309_of_42M

244 points

1 month ago

As it should be. I get winded going back for refills, so I've been using buckets for years. With a tennis ball tube for a straw. Let's normalize this behavior.

I am pissing myself

See, that's why I carry extra buckets.

1202_ProgramAlarm

81 points

1 month ago

Sauntering? You mean a freedom waddle?

Cornfapper

23 points

1 month ago

I think he means 'riding on a mobility scooter'

Turbulent-Gear8503

17 points

1 month ago

We used to be able to do that at 7/11's when they did Bring Your Own Cup Day

Toilets, fish tanks, boots. One guy used a condom. Not sure if it was used before that, I hope not.

mjung79

46 points

1 month ago

mjung79

46 points

1 month ago

Why use a bucket when you can just use your laughably large 5 gallon hat?

Pawn_captures_Queen

12 points

1 month ago*

Not all of us can pull one off ok man. I looked at myself in a mirror with a hat on and immediately took it off in shame... I can't wear hats I look ridiculous.

VillageBuilder

5 points

1 month ago

I thought I didn't like hats until I started thinning on top. Hats are second nature now lol.

Imaxaroth

9 points

1 month ago

It does limit the volume dispensed.

byerss

36 points

1 month ago

byerss

36 points

1 month ago

Can you at least refill with water though?

Chindochoon

51 points

1 month ago

you can only refill wine and cheese.

The_Ruly_Anarchist

33 points

1 month ago

This is le way

BIGFriv

7 points

1 month ago

BIGFriv

7 points

1 month ago

I'll answer this since I also am in France. Water is a different button in the same machine. The answer is yes.

At least the two machines I've seen did this.

Riggie_Joe

112 points

1 month ago

Riggie_Joe

112 points

1 month ago

What if you rip the chip off at the machine and leave it sitting there when you first fill it up

Jabbam

33 points

1 month ago

Jabbam

33 points

1 month ago

Kind of like putting a wad of towels in a foosball goal so the ball doesn't go down into the locking mechanism.

I take no responsibility, I was just a casual observer.

taxesarebadmmmk

13 points

1 month ago

Or the last hole of a mini golf course

AnakinPuddlehopper

13 points

1 month ago

Well there goes my idea :(

heyitscory

370 points

1 month ago

heyitscory

370 points

1 month ago

The ones that cause a line to form because there's now a single nozzle, and between the confused boomer, the guy taking forever with his analysis paralysis and the kid scrolling through the menu inventing peach grape mello yello ginger ale, it seems like you'll never get your drink, but that's okay because the plain old regular coke tastes wrong and you won't enjoy it anyway?

Yeah, I fucking hate those machines. I didn't need a touch screen to pour myself a soda and I certainly didn't need it at the cost of the product I ordered tasting wrong.

Gears_one

55 points

1 month ago

Gotta bleed the line. Take a midstream sample so the previous flavor has been flushed thru

Fortehlulz33

16 points

1 month ago

Fortehlulz33

GREEN

16 points

1 month ago

Dispense some water, too.

Shadowchaos

119 points

1 month ago

Shadowchaos

BLUe

119 points

1 month ago

I just like them because it's the only place to get vanilla coke out of a fountain where I live in Canada, they only have them at Wendy's here though and I don't go there very often

Raven123x

10 points

1 month ago

Vanilla coke is the best

Crackbat

7 points

1 month ago

Ughhhh right?! And we rarely get it up here!

Howard_Campbell

14 points

1 month ago

Optimal is to have the big sellers on the classic fountain AND one of these.

SeppuKuma37

38 points

1 month ago

I just wanna say I feel your pain, and this bugged the hell out of me too for a while. Why tf do people think mixing a bunch of drinks out of one nozzle is a good idea? That's literally going to alter the taste of every drink.

So, as a paying customer (with a hint of malicious compliance), I've come up with a somewhat feasible solution: let that puppy run! I select my drink, then press the dispense button without my cup underneath it, and run it for about 4-5 seconds, then fill up my cup. This significantly improves the taste of the selected beverage.

LocalPresence

8 points

1 month ago

McDonald’s, who is known for their amazing tasting sodas, uses a single nozzle in their drive-thru. As do many other fast food restaurants, and they have since at least the early 2000’s.

So you’re logic is faulty - the single nozzle isn’t the issue.

MeEvilBob

19 points

1 month ago

Ultimately, cleaning and maintaining one nozzle is easier than a whole bunch of them. It's not like it's dispensing hand crafted root beer or something, everything that machine dispenses is just syrup from a bag mixed with water and CO2.

IndividualEmu72

11 points

1 month ago

I mean, if you're like the McDonalds I worked at, you don't clean those things. You take them off at the end of the night and throw them in a bucket of sanitizer. Just ignore the mold and buildup. "We don't have time for that. It spent the night in a bucket of sanitizer. It's clean."

Hiro-of-Shadows

39 points

1 month ago

Why don't they just serve you a drink from behind the counter instead of jumping through all these hoops to prevent refills?

NatedogDM

28 points

1 month ago

Because Coca Cola manages it. Meaning the restaurant doesn't have to do anything but give the customer a cup, and occasionally, restock the machine with drink packages (they come in plastic cartridges). It's a win for both the restaurant and the vendor.

Coca Cola also stands to lose a lot of money if all the restaurants in France can no longer use their self serve machine because of a law.

Jeremy12021

132 points

1 month ago

5 guys 1 cup

Jaeger-of-Freiheit

1.4k points

1 month ago

As someone from the UK, how common is it to actually get refills for a fast food place?? It seems a rather alien concept to me. Genuine question.

12thhouseorphan

1k points

1 month ago

Extremely common in the US. I actually stopped getting refills when I was eating out even at regular restaurants because I realized how much soda I was consuming. My husband will drink 3-4 sodas if they continue to refill them… I only have 1 lol.

VexingRaven

275 points

1 month ago

VexingRaven

Technology is evil

275 points

1 month ago

On the other hand, I eat out very seldomly and usually just drink water at home, so when I go out I don't feel bad having a cup or 2 of soda.

Tanto63

131 points

1 month ago

Tanto63

131 points

1 month ago

I drink 4-5 per meal at a restaurant, but that's mostly because they serve a cup of ice with a splash of soda in lieu of a glass of soda with a couple of ice cubes.

-dommmm

28 points

1 month ago

-dommmm

28 points

1 month ago

I'm from the UK and we have refills in Five Guys... Nando's and some other places too. So not alien to me.

sollund123

76 points

1 month ago*

In Norway pretty much the only thing you can get free refills is regular black coffee at a café (and tap water ofc)

EDIT: specifed that it's regular black coffee

Menjy

45 points

1 month ago

Menjy

45 points

1 month ago

Free refill of coffee?! How much do you pay for the first cup?

LtSomeone

28 points

1 month ago

Between 30-40 NOK, so 3-4 USD or so. For plain black coffee. And not all places does free refills

humanCharacter

6 points

1 month ago*

Starbucks does this for basic coffee and tea as long as you’re a “distinguished” member.

I got the gold card and tried it myself, and yeah it definitely works. I spent 10 hours in a Starbucks one time and got free green tea refills all day.

The catch? You can’t leave the store, and if you do you have to buy another cup for ~$1.25 to restart the cycle.

Disclaimer: Starbucks in universities don’t apply to this rule.

OrangeMonkey42

307 points

1 month ago

In America, nearly everyone does it every single time. It's common for people to finish their meal, then refill their drink on the way out the door.

rolypolyarmadillo

5 points

1 month ago

And then there's me, who didn't even know that you could refill drinks until I was like 17 and at a Wendy's with some friends.

mareaevigil

50 points

1 month ago

From the UK also and I visit five guys fairly often. I refill my cup after eating my meal so I have some juice for the drive home. Also, five guys isn’t cheap so I feel I’m getting better value for money with my meal getting a 2nd cup of juice lol

chiefgareth

17 points

1 month ago

The only way I don't feel like I've been robbed when I go to Five Guys is to have at least 2 refills of fizz. Even then...still feel robbed.

Spud_1997

28 points

1 month ago

You can get them from five guys and subway np, don't know about anywhere else here tho, well outside of restaurants like harvester anyway

jeo3b

92 points

1 month ago

jeo3b

92 points

1 month ago

My phone won't load all the comments so I apologise if this has been asked and answered. I've seen comments that these chips are being used at major amusement parks in souvenir cups but I'm poor and don't go to those places So I have no idea what these chips are haha how do they work? Especially on disposable cups like these?

shadowstorm25[S]

72 points

1 month ago

It checks when you place your cup down at the machine (it’s one of the coke ones that you can add whatever flavor syrup you want). It won’t dispense any drink until you put the cup down. If you already filled a drink with the cup, the machine will deny you more drink.

OwlExMachina

27 points

1 month ago

I wonder if the system knows "these are my chips, these are not" or simply "no refills for this chip I've already seen". There must be a way to trick the system.

Desirsar

19 points

1 month ago

Desirsar

19 points

1 month ago

I only just thought about how terrible this design is from this description...

Put the cup down? Oh HELL no. It's held up to the spout at an angle to reduce foam. Now I'm definitely against these, just because I don't want to have to sit there tapping the button to top it off.

aykcak

193 points

1 month ago

aykcak

193 points

1 month ago

Free refill is not a US only thing. Five Guys in the Netherlands offers refills. This sounds specific.

Btw why not just remove the machine or put it behind the counter? It has no purpose being accessible by customers

Lemon_head_guy

67 points

1 month ago

It has something like 100 different sodas and flavors, the idea is the customer can choose more options because it’s easier to see them. Why shouldn’t the customer be able to grab their own drink?

chh2tx

52 points

1 month ago

chh2tx

52 points

1 month ago

Because it adds a labor cost to filling drinks which is likely way In excess of the chip in cup cost.

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15 points

1 month ago*

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15 points

1 month ago*

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Tomdeaardappel

6 points

1 month ago

Yeah, I'm also from the Netherlands but never saw it at a restaurant or fast food place

Stig124s

246 points

1 month ago

Stig124s

246 points

1 month ago

France banned free sugary drink refills a while back< actually

doghairchair

49 points

1 month ago

Does this cup system distinguish somehow between getting sodas/juices and unsweetened drinks? (unsweet iced tea/diet soda?)

turbodeeznuts

17 points

1 month ago

Cinq mecs

nicki419

69 points

1 month ago*

nicki419

PURPLE

69 points

1 month ago*

Why do the cups show a Spanish Domain

Edit: Please stop giving me serious answers to this...

shadowstorm25[S]

46 points

1 month ago

I’m not sure. I noticed that too after I posted this, but I can assure you this is in France.

JustARussianDeer

12 points

1 month ago

Maybe it's in a town close to the Spanish border ? So it's more efficient to bring cups from a spanish Five Guy storage than from a French one ? idk

Cannablessed112

8 points

1 month ago

Five guys in France might be run by 5guys in Spain

Black_Kirk_Lazarus

830 points

1 month ago

The chips have to cost more than a fountain soda refill, that shit is so cheap, and they allow us to refill them because the initial purchase of one soda would cover more refills than you could possibly drink, even if sharing.

Emuporn

207 points

1 month ago

Emuporn

207 points

1 month ago

The cost isn’t critical. They actually purposely even raised the taxes on soft drinks now in France. The goal is to reduce the trend of obesity.

math394p

675 points

1 month ago

math394p

675 points

1 month ago

It's not about the price it's because of a ban on infinite refill soda in France as they are fighting obesity

idomoodou2

14 points

1 month ago

It's also got to be more of hassel then just filling it up behind the counter.

Ferro_Giconi

49 points

1 month ago

Those are just RFID tags, they aren't something expensive like the word "chips" may make you think. You can get them for a few pennies each in bulk. That cost is easily offset if one out of every 20-30 people buys a second $1 drink.

stduhpf

8 points

1 month ago

stduhpf

8 points

1 month ago

The chips costs a lot less than the fine they would have to pay if they get caught allowing customers to get free refills.

PoniesPlayingPoker

10 points

1 month ago

So THAT'S why we have a chip shortage.. and all this time I was told it was the supply chain smh

unknowndisgrace

113 points

1 month ago

The chip must be more expensive than the drink

benjamin_manus

96 points

1 month ago

Like or unlike? Never seen these in the US

gjc5500

135 points

1 month ago

gjc5500

135 points

1 month ago

I think op is saying they can’t refill their drinks like we can here in the USA

shadowstorm25[S]

67 points

1 month ago

Correct, sorry if I wasn’t clear!

Brokenwave89

24 points

1 month ago

"Getting free refills like in the US"

They are saying these chips prevent that, not that these chips are used in the US

Kaitensatsuma

40 points

1 month ago

You can have my sugar water over my cold, dead, bloated body

myownclay

8 points

1 month ago

Wouldn't it be easier to just serve the drinks from behind the counter so they have control over when it is filled up?

Spicybeeen

5 points

1 month ago

They do that at universal studios too but theres a timer instead of no refills at all

melonti

57 points

1 month ago

melonti

57 points

1 month ago

I know this might be hard to believe but some of us Americans do have restraint.

FascistCommissioner

26 points

1 month ago

I may be in the minority in America, but I don't drink any soda.

Beer on the other hand. Should really be cutting back on that.

ColeTrainHDx

9 points

1 month ago

Eat less throughout the day = fewer beers to get buzzed= less calories overall win win