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February 9th, 2004

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03:12 pm - Congratulations! You've won... nothing!
I imagine nobody remembers, but a few months back they started offering free coffee at work. This was a really unexpected at the time, and when I eventually asked about it, I was told that upper-upper-upper-top-level-and-then-some executive management decided that since the coffee is free at the corporate headquarters, it might be a nice gesture to make it free to all employees across the board.

What I probably didn't mention was that the coffee machine downstairs used to give away every 50th purchase free; it would beep, display the word "** WINNER **," and spit your coins back out. This was all well and good. I was spending about $5 a week on coffee at $0.35 a cup, and after doing so for almost two years, it occurred to me that at some point, I ought to be get a free drink. It happened very shortly after thereafter. It was the only free drink I got out of that machine while I was paying for coffee, but I was pleased. Within a month, the machine had been rigged to dispense regular and decaf for free, and again I was pleased. For a little while, anyway.

Today, however, marks the 22nd time I've gotten the "** WINNER **" message since I started counting in early October.

That's right -- two years of paying five bucks a week, and only after I no longer have to pay do I start winning free cups of coffee. Does the machine spit money out at me? No, of course not. It just gives me a free cup of coffee. The same free cup of coffee I was getting before I found out that I'm a ** WINNER **.

I understand that this is nothing to get upset about. I understand that being the ** WINNER ** 22 times means that I'm either extraordinarily lucky, or drink more of the free coffee than anybody else (probably a little of both), but still... If I were still paying for the coffee, I'd have won $7.70 by now.

Of course, statistically I'd have spent $385.00 on weak coffee, but it's the principle of the thing.
Current Mood: crankycranky
Current Music: Pink Floyd -- Wish You Were Here

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Date:February 9th, 2004 11:06 pm (UTC)
No no, you're right.
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Date:February 10th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)


don't worry. we have these little punch cards at school (buy 10 cups get one free)I've gone thru two of these in the past five weeks and that one free cup makes me feel a little better than it should considering I've spent at least $26 on the rest of it...
Garmonbozia for the soul.

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