I know Ice T, the rapper, was a thug. Do you know that ordering ice tea, the beverage, in a restaurant can be highway robbery?
Yesterday, I paid $2.75 for a glass of tea at a Tacoma waterfront restaurant. My math skills are a little shaky, but I'm guessing that's a plump markup over the cost of dried tea, hot water and $10-an-hour kitchen labor.
Sure, refills are bottomless. But $2.75? A glass of ice and tea?
DEEP BREATH ... and exhale into today's simmering question:
Given that restaurants have to cover their costs, pay their workers and make some profit, how much is too much for a glass of ice tea?
And a two-part follow-up question: Do you know anyone who steals Splenda packets off restaurant tables? Think that has anything to do with the price of tea in restaurants?