Imagine yourself walking through a mall. You have been shopping for ages and your steps are getting smaller. It’s not only that you’re getting tired, but there’s another pressing issue: your bladder. The giant soda you had before has now found its way to the Mexican border of your body and is eager to flow towards freedom, only stopped by your endless effort to control movement. There’s a good chance you would consider paying for a bathroom break by now, but as you’re not in Europe, you just walk into any McDonald’s and go for nothing instead.
That’s right, the people who claim to have invented capitalism are missing opportunities here. Those socialistic bathrooms that anyone can just use are a relevation in crowded malls and other areas. Also, if you’re Dutch and wondering how restaurants would ever make money if people can just walk in and use their toilet, consider this: if you sit down to eat somewhere, you’ll most likely get a huge glass of water, ruining your appetite for all other drinks. This glass is also free of charge. Yes, my dear American readers, I normally pay for both the input and output of my water. Maybe it’s the nice Missourians, maybe it’s my delightful appearance, but whenever I’m paying my visits to Missouri, I save money on both processes. And to be fair, I’m more than okay with that.
How much would you be willing to spend on a bathroom break?
Why on earth do people still drink soda if they can drink water for free?