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

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tvisforme wrote:
May 21st, 2019 5:12 am
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:
May 21st, 2019 4:36 am
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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Balduno wrote:
May 21st, 2019 6:06 am
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.
Free refills is store dependent. I have been to those where managers would be doing the rounds and would ask if I wanted more coffee. They would take my cup and get the refill for me. These restaurants would be super clean as well because the managers run a tight ship. A couple of years ago, I visited downtown Vancouver and saw a lot of homeless people using cups that were so heavily used that I don't think they hold liquid anymore. Sort of disgustingly dirty to take soiled cups to the counter. Then there is the other end of the spectrum where the restaurant explicitly says we don't offer free refills period (Highglen and Marham for example).
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Gunz13 wrote:
May 20th, 2019 9:10 pm
Hasn't it always been like that?
Yes they used to but I saw a similar display at Warden and Lawrence last month where it said we're no longer doing refills, if I remember the date was Fall 2017. That being said, last week I saw this refill display at a McD in Whitby North. So YMMV I guess.
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In Montreal, their coffee taste isn't really consistant. Sometimes it taste diluted(water), too acid, burned, etc. But when it's good, for the price, it really is.
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McDonald’s really seems to be trying to maximize revenue on their coffee now. My local store has prices higher than Tim Hortons and the cheap senior coffee is now replaced with 20% off any size.
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tvisforme wrote:
May 21st, 2019 5:12 am
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.
Aren't all the soft drinks self serve? i dont think anyone will know if a refill is performed.

i refilled a coffee last week with no problems. victoria. i did not realize they no longer exist.
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Balduno wrote:
May 21st, 2019 6:06 am
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 dont ever recall McDonalds selling coffee in the 1990s. McDonalds started serving McCafé coffee here in Canada in 2011. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCafé

What were you serving to customers in the 90s?
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morty420 wrote:
May 21st, 2019 12:24 pm
I dont ever recall McDonalds selling coffee in the 1990s. McDonalds started serving McCafé coffee here in Canada in 2011. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCafé

What were you serving to customers in the 90s?
I cannot recall a time when McDonald's did not have coffee on the menu, going back to the 70s. The McCafé launch was (IIRC) about introducing specialty beverages in addition to regular coffee and tea.
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morty420 wrote:
May 21st, 2019 12:24 pm
I dont ever recall McDonalds selling coffee in the 1990s. McDonalds started serving McCafé coffee here in Canada in 2011. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCafé

What were you serving to customers in the 90s?
Brewed coffee.

I remember a seniors coffee cost 35 cents.
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Gerrard square (pape/Gerrard) had a little sign up saying no free refills due to increased cost. I believe it was put up over 2 years ago.

If this is implemented chain wide, that'd be awesome
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