Why Do Restaurants Gouge?
Allow me to rant for a moment on an increasingly common practice. My family and I dine out quite frequently both locally and in surrounding counties. As the economy continues to stagnate, many restaurants are offering smaller portions at lesser prices, special two-for-one deals, or a “kids eat free” night to encourage folks to continue to dine out. Why, then, despite these special deals being offered, are dining establishments charging amusement park prices for sodas?
Anyone who has taken a trip to an amusement park knows to expect the sodas to be outrageously priced. The same goes for a movie theater. But why would I expect to pay $3.95 for a soda at a far less than gourmet chain restaurant? Some may attempt to justify the expense with free refills or bucket-sized glasses, but is this something we really need? In an already obese nation, do we really need a drink that is multiple times the serving size a normal person should consume?
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A recent trip to a Versailles eatery took the cake. My youngest requested chocolate milk. This was not available so regular milk was ordered. Our server then delivered a Styrofoam coffee cup of milk and said, “I thought we were out, but the bar had some Nesquick and mixed it up for her.” When we received the check, we were flabbergasted at the $2 charge for six ounces of milk….for Nesquick! Folks, figure this per-gallon cost and suddenly gas prices seem cheap.
What happened to the days when the servers delivered a glass of ice water upon greeting the table? My suggestion is this. For those of us who would like to enjoy a soda but don’t need a bucket, bring back the ice water delivered with the greeting, then offer a lesser price for a one-glass soda. For those who want to ingest a gazillion calories of soda, offer an unlimited refill price. Otherwise, I’ll stick to the free water, have my soda later at home, and the restaurant loses my beverage dollars completely.
In a time when more and more people are analyzing where their money is going, restaurants need to wake up and realize that this type of gouging is bad business. In Versailles in particular, where restaurants come and go quickly, and merchants beg us to keep our spending dollars in Woodford County, why not give us a reason to do so?
Midway College Serves Veterans
Military veterans and their dependents wishing to pursue a degree at Midway College may now take part in the new Yellow Ribbon program that is a part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
As a Yellow Ribbon Institution, Midway College will help offset the tuition rates for veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, in conjunction with the new GI Bill benefits.
“Midway College is proud to honor our nation’s veterans through this educational benefit program,” said Midway College President William B. Drake, Jr. “In concert with the Yellow Ribbon program we will be able to help these men and women earn a Bachelor's degree or an MBA in an accelerated format specifically designed to accommodate their very busy life and work schedules."
The program begins August 1, 2009, and payment is based upon the course load managed by the individual and can be applied to traditional or online programs. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs will pay a maximum amount based on the highest public college tuition hourly rate under the new benefits. With the Yellow Ribbon program, Midway College will provide those who qualify a scholarship to make up to fifty percent of the difference between the maximum amount paid by the VA and the actual tuition cost. The Yellow Ribbon program will provide the remaining 50 percent of the cost difference.
Midway College will not limit the number of students who can qualify for this program. The Yellow Ribbon benefits will be available to all qualified students whether taking one class or a full-time schedule.
The new Post 9/11 GI Bill was signed into law on June 30, 2008, and partial benefits will be available to veterans who served at least ninety days on active duty after September 10, 2001 . Maximum benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon program, are available to those who have served thirty-six months of active duty since September 10, 2001.
“This is a great opportunity for veterans and their families. We look forward to working with these heroes to help them find the best educational path at Midway College for their futures,” said Drake.