Taco Bell Does The Freddy Wrong
I've become an iced tea addict over the last year or so. It used to be I'd just drink it when we were driving to San Francisco. Then last summer (or was it the summer before that?) I started drinking it pretty much every day.
I like to use the large plastic cups with cover and straw that the various fast food places serve beverages in. I'd use them over and over- washing them every now and then- until they got so grungy I'd throw them in the recycle bin and go get another cup from some fast food place. My favorite is the Shell mini- market in Cloverdale where they'll sell you as many of their "Double Gulp" cups as you'd like for only 25 cents each. I'd also stop at either Burger King or Taco Bell in Eureka, buy a large iced tea, and use the cup over and over.
Yesterday I decided the large cup I'd bought from Burger King a month or so ago needed to be replaced. I was going by City Garbage anyway, and figured it wouldn't be too far out of the way to stop by the Taco Bell on Broadway and buy a large iced tea. I was to be greatly disappointed.
I went in, asked for a large iced tea, and the girl tells me they only offer sweetened iced tea now. Unsweetened is no longer an option. WHAT??? I only like it unsweetened. How rude!
So I tell the gal I really just wanted one of the large cups and offered to pay 25 cents just for a large cup, lid and straw. She seemed a bit unsure of how to handle that so simply offered to sell me a glass of water that only cost 11 cents, with cup. Except the cup seemed to be the medium size rather than the large one I wanted. What the heck. I'm easy. I gave her 25 cents for my medium glass of water and told her to keep the change.
The cup was important, but not that big a deal. How dare they stop offering unsweetened iced tea? We'd nearly always stop at Taco Bell before leaving town to head south for my obligatory large iced tea. I guess no more. They better not be doing that at Burger King. And it will be an even worse nightmare if the Cloverdale mini- mart stops offering plain iced tea.
The story of my life: I like something, but nobody else does so it's discontinued.