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    I was out with some coworkers today, and one of them made a comment about how she often asks for water at restaurants with self-serve soda and then fills the water cup with soda. Her justification: "They never check." My other coworker nodded knowingly, although she didn't cop to actually doing this.

    I know that I've seen other people doing this. I'll never forget a lady at a Panda Express that was just standing by the soda machine with her little dixie water cup, refilling and chugging, refilling and chugging.

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    Not something I would ever do. Especially with the four little blue eyes that are constantly watching me.

    I don't really care if anyone else wants to do it though. I know the price for pop is increased insanely, so really the restaurant is likely not losing a cent from it.
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    I have never done that and i think it is wrong. I think it is my job to teach my kids values and morals (and not the movies).

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    I think it's morally wrong. You didn't pay for it, so it's stealing regardless of whatever you tell yourself. I have never done this, and never will. I would rather pay a couple dollars more and buy the soda then be caught as a thief.

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    I wouldn't do it. If I ever did it would definitely become one of those things where like a year later DD turns to me and says "Remember that time we were at the restaurant?....." You know, the times they absolutely amaze you that they not only noticed what you were doing but actually remember and recall it months or years later!

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    Yeah. Part of it is that I am just not enough into soda to want to steal it (although I love when I can get a large unsweetened iced tea!) But more than that, I just don't see how anyone can justify it morally. To me, "no one ever checks" is the same argument that you could use for shoplifting, which I also think is wrong.

    I assumed this would be more of a debate though, since I know of at least 2 people (my coworker and the lady at Panda Express) that do this.
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    My parents used to do something like this when I was a kid. We'd be going somewhere you needed to pay admission and one of them would glare at me and say "You're under 12" or something like that, so they wouldn't have to pay the full admission fee. It made me feel not right, like I was doing something wrong by not speaking up and saying "Excuse me, ticket lady, but my mom just told you a big fat lie so I'd get in for cheaper. I'm 12, so charge her accordingly."

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    I would never do that. I do buy the smallest cup size if there are free refills. When I was in college a big group of us would go to a pizza buffet and one person would pay and the other would share off their plate. I would never do that either because I think that is wrong too. Just because they are too busy to notice and you don't get caught doesn't make it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire'sMommy View Post
    My parents used to do something like this when I was a kid. We'd be going somewhere you needed to pay admission and one of them would glare at me and say "You're under 12" or something like that, so they wouldn't have to pay the full admission fee. It made me feel not right, like I was doing something wrong by not speaking up and saying "Excuse me, ticket lady, but my mom just told you a big fat lie so I'd get in for cheaper. I'm 12, so charge her accordingly."
    The only time I think this rule shouldn't apply is for kids meals. I think putting an age limit on kids meals is kind of silly because if you have a child that doesn't eat very much or are small for their age I think it is crazy to have to buy an adult meal. My kids were always small for their age and a kids meal was usually just about right for them for a couple years past the age limit. Most places that have an age limit on kids meals don't really seem to enforce it. My step daughter is 16 and she still orders off the kids menu many times because she is a picky eater and most of the time the only thing she will eat is chicken nuggets anyway. Its pretty obvious that she is over 12 but they have never given us a problem with her ordering off the kids menu in any restaurant.
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    Stealing is stealing, no matter how big or how small. I have never done that.

    I know lots of people who save their McD cups and stop in to get a "refill" days later.

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