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Re: [IP] Give me diet coke or give me death

When possible I always order soda in a can to avoid this problem. How do
you carry the strips with you? It seems like a great idea, but a little


Randall Winchester wrote:
> On  1 Apr 98 at 8:19, Scott Wilby wrote:
> > I find it extermely easy to tell if a food server or waitperson has
> > given me a non-diet drink becasue of the heavy syrupy taste.  Some of
> > my friends even sak me to confirm their suspicions if they are the
> > first to take a sip.
> >
> > What I miss though is that saccharin aftertaste that used to go
> > hand-in-hand with diet drinks (especially Fresca and Tab).  Its hard
> > to find any sacharrin-sweeted drinks in the U.S. anymore - maybe
> > witht he exception of Diet Faygo sodas.  I traveled much in northern
> > Mexico in the 80's and found not only the Tab to be sweetened with
> > sacharrin, but also the Diet Coke and Fresca.
> >
> Most of the fountain drinks contain both saccharin and aspartame
> becuase of storage and handling problems.   I've also found many
> fountains to be less than careful about hooking up the right syrup
> containers.  I still carry a vial of those good ol' urine test strips
> to check any fountain drinks with.  A drop on your finger placed on
> the strip quickly shows if it is really a diet drink or not.
> Non-diet drinks make it turn color real quickly...  and I've had
> several managers apologize and either offer to give me the meal free
> or at a hefty discount...    You just have to remember not to get
> real confrontational (it took my wife a long time to get me to stop
> screaming "You're trying to KILL me.") and just call the server over
> and say something like "I think there's a problem with this drink"
> There have only been a few places where they didn't want to at least
> get me another glass... and at those places I've always said "it
> tastes funny too" and gotten water, and they've refunded the money
> for the returned drink.
> Restaurants are usually very much aware of customer complaints and
> want to make you as happy as reasonably possible as quickly as they
> can.
> Randall Winchester
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