They may have changed the patterning again in an attempt to get more of them done for lower fees - perhaps to take advantage of a large number of new shoppers? Word did get out that they were over-budget before Covid-19, so they might have re-evaluated their approach in hopes of improving the bottom line.... When the cheapest meal costs $7.50, that $8.00 payment is not that exciting, though....
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Did your scheduler tell you that? There’s nothing in the guidelines I received that forbids water - so far no one has said anything about it (doesn’t mean they won’t)... I can order a small unsweetened tea...but that’s basically colored water, lol. I don’t drink soda at all. And since we don’t evaluate the drink, not sure what difference it makes, except to force you to spend more $...
Water, with ice, from the fountain...I’m not trying to be argumentative, just saying that’s what I order. If you were limited to soda, it would say so, but they allow tea as well. That does not come from the fountain.
@Mousegal Have you been able to order water and still get your shop approved? I know a while ago water used to be an option, but like @sestrahelena said, I took the new guidelines to mean we had to order a fountain drink (i.e. soda or iced tea). I'm just wondering, because it WOULD be nice to lower out-of-pocket costs for this shop. The expense is what has kept me from doing any for over a year.
In February I emailed the scheduler to ask if ordering coffee was acceptable. She said it was, even though the guidelines indicate you must order a fountain drink. I know this isn’t the same as (free) water, but it’s not a “fountain drink” either. I’m surprised that they are allowing water but glad it’s working for you Mousegal!
Hmmm. I would love to lower my cost. And don't even like soda. When the next opportunity arises, I will ask the scheduler specifically about that so that I can have my own personal email response as to Yes or No for water. Just in case. Thanks!
I asked a scheduler and she said water was specifically not allowed — “anything except water”. As much as I’d love to try it, when I do these as a route I don’t want to risk it... even if one or two were accepted, I’m not sure if when I did 20 they would be lol