Water is not free in restaurants anymore and we get it, businesses exist for profit and above all, maximizing profits. Along the way, however, it feels like some practices lost touch with a sense of basic goodwill that used to sit underneath these transactions.
“I hate it when it happens and it happens all the time.” — Puskarwagle
“Some restaurants charge like 140 for mineral water” — Adobadobe
Getting served with a glass of water upon sitting down at a table would make customers feel welcome to an establishment. Now all you get is a packaged bottle of water that costs from 50-200 and maybe even a service charge and VAT added to it. So basically, you’re already overcharged for the actual price of the bottle of water and you have to pay some additional charges on it as well!
The worst is when the servers at some restaurants give you a nasty look if you gather the courage to ask for ‘regular’ water. Because, after all, they do know this new system comes with a certain loss of goodness in the transaction. They just can’t bring themselves to say it out loud — what would they say, that they don’t have regular water? Or would they be brash enough to say that all water has to be paid for at this particular establishment?
Some Nepalis might not feel too bothered paying a few extra hundred bucks for water, but it’s not the same case for everyone. Some might just have enough cash to pay for their food and eat their well-paid-for orders without any water. Once again, it’s not a huge loss by any chance; there’s just this feeling that a sense of kindness is disappearing from this entire interaction.
While some of you might think this is not really an issue, it surely should be. This new scheme that restaurants have come up with is just ridiculous and should not be encouraged. Anyone who’s looking for bottled water would surely ask for it so please don’t bother handing it to everyone unless it’s free.