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[McDonalds] Free refill with the purchase of any size hot premium roast coffee (YMMV?)

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[McDonalds] Free refill with the purchase of any size hot premium roast coffee (YMMV?)

(First time starting a a new thread so apologies if I make any mistakes)

Not sure if this is location specific but saw this sign at my local McDonald's (Eglinton & Winston Churchill in Mississauga).
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Hasn't it always been like that?
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Isn't this by default everywhere? I've seen this almost every month at warden-eglinton location (scarborough)
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I've seen this in several McDs in the last month... it would seem like this is now their official stance on coffee refills. Previously it was unlimited (well, at the store's discretion) refills, then a lot of franchises started phasing that out ($$$), but now those same locations (as well as the rest of them) which phased out coffee refills have this sign up...

.. caveat, I'm speaking from my experience in the GTA + Ottawa.
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test9251 wrote: Isn't this by default everywhere? I've seen this almost every month at warden-eglinton location (scarborough)
I actually never knew about this till today. I thought only Starbucks (of all the ones near me) offered free refills.
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I am still buying my coffee for $1 dollar :))))
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McDonald's used to generously offer a free refill prior to 2015/2016 when they ended the program nationwide.

Since then, some franchises have offered to restart this practice, but it's location specific, and very YMMV.

I can't recall whether it was unlimited coffee refills, or just one, but I do remember my cups being marked with an R for refill.

Thread on phase-out: mcdonald-no-more-coffee-refills-startin ... v-2042870/

*Also, I haven't seen free refills at many locations. As far as my experience around the GTA goes, most restaurants are not offering a refill program.
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Wolfdale wrote: McDonald's used to generously offer a free refill prior to 2015/2016 when they ended the program nationwide.

Since then, some franchises have offered to restart this practice, but it's location specific, and very YMMV.

I can't recall whether it was unlimited coffee refills, or just one, but I do remember my cups being marked with an R for refill.

Thread on phase-out: mcdonald-no-more-coffee-refills-startin ... v-2042870/

*Also, I haven't seen free refills at many locations. As far as my experience around the GTA goes, most restaurants are not offering a refill program.
Eaton centre still does it, but it's one per customer.
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My closest McD's recently put up a giant red sign saying they don't offer refills. But the free refills were definitely a norm before.
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Huzaifahby98 wrote: I actually never knew about this till today. I thought only Starbucks (of all the ones near me) offered free refills.
starbucks offer free refills?? never knew this.
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MasterDeal wrote: starbucks offer free refills?? never knew this.
Yep, all you need to do is be a member and scan your card/pay with app. This is from their website:

"Free refills on hot or iced brewed coffee or tea purchased with your registered Starbucks Card or Starbucks App during the same store visit at participating Starbucks locations."
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Huzaifahby98 wrote: Yep, all you need to do is be a member and scan your card/pay with app. This is from their website:

"Free refills on hot or iced brewed coffee or tea purchased with your registered Starbucks Card or Starbucks App during the same store visit at participating Starbucks locations."
WOW learned this now too thanks!!
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In Alberta, we have always gotten refills no questions asked. This is really curious. I am in TO now and my dad was like "there is a sign saying there is only 1 refill now" the other day. Not that we ever tried to get more than 1 refill ever. And when we wanted a refill at the McD's next to ROM, they had to ring it up. Maybe it is just a TO thing regarding availability of refills.

BTW, I was at Bridlewood Mall today and saw a sign "50% off any size coffee 2-5 PM". Posted on a sign like that one posted by the OP.
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So you can refill only if you're inside the restaurant? What if you leave and come back. I am a driver so I always keep coming back to the same restaurant for my coffee. Would I be able to get a free refill after leaving? I see this sign in that restaurant too.
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I've always known it to be one refill, for in-store meals only, in the Vancouver area. I've never encountered a situation where I was refused a refill. The same applies for soft drinks.
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tvisforme wrote: I've always known it to be one refill, for in-store meals only, in the Vancouver area. I've never encountered a situation where I was refused a refill. The same applies for soft drinks.
When I worked at McDonald’s in the 1990s, free refills were unlimited. If you worked lobby, sometimes you went around with a pot of coffee offering refills.

I don’t go to McDonald’s very often, but I notice her restaurants in Vancouver and the area do seem to offer free refills still.
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I've spent plenty of morning at micky D's, and have always got free refills. I'm in Timmins.
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dayimziah wrote: So you can refill only if you're inside the restaurant? What if you leave and come back. I am a driver so I always keep coming back to the same restaurant for my coffee. Would I be able to get a free refill after leaving? I see this sign in that restaurant too.
Just depends if they really keep track of who comes and goes - or if your cup is already soaked in that looks like it has been reused over and over again.
I do believe it’s a practice that’s highly discouraged once you leave the premise. For instance, the McD that is hosted in our local Walmart has a clear sign that says they happily offer free refills if you stay in the restaurant, but once you leave (even to walk in Walmart) refills are no longer offered. Granted - it comes down to whether they actually notice you leave in the first place and have that good of a memory, but it’s kind of where you draw the line on the honour system.
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LCD does this because they are countering Tim's reward copy cat 7 get 1 free rewards.
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Greenwood, nova Scotia has free refill sign on top of muffin / cookie showcase, but will not refìll if you leave and come back, if they remember you.

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