Charge for water.

Sarah - posted on 10/16/2011 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are backing a campaign to force restaurant owners to charge for tap water to help fund clean drinking fluid around the world.

The singers have added their name to Unicef's Tap Project, which urges eaterie chiefs to ask diners to pay $1 for tap water they would usually receive for free.

And fans who donate money to the cause will then get the chance to win a special drink - a bottle of water filled from taps at the stars' homes.

In one of the advertising posters highlighting the scheme, Rihanna poses next to a bottle of her personalised drink with the words, "Rihanna Tap Water. Not your typical tap water, unless of course, you live next door to Rihanna."

A message on the Unicef Celebrity Tap website reads, "Celebrities have donated their own tap water to help raise awareness of the world water crisis. Donations enter individuals in our sweepstakes to win an esteemed collection of these famous tap waters.

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Becky - posted on 10/17/2011

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I wouldn't eat at a place that made me pay for tap water. When I order water, I'm not doing it to save money, I'm doing it because I feel like drinking water instead of something else. But I still don't expect to have to pay for it. If that's the case, I'll just bring a bottle of it from home!

Not a big fan of the celebrity bottled tap water either. All that is doing is adding more waste to our environment. There is so much publicity now about how much bottled water we drink and how it is bad for the environment, and now celebrities want to encourage us to drink more because it has their face on it? No thanks.

Lady Heather - posted on 10/17/2011

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Boo freaking hoo if you don't want to provide tap water to your customers as a courtesy. I wouldn't go to a restaurant that charged me for that. And extra refilling of the glass? Really? Bring a jug and leave it there if that's such a big concern.

I'm not the type to steal a bowl full of lemons and a bunch of sugar and I'm a kickass tipper to boot, but honestly it's water. I have never in my life heard a restaurant owner make that complaint and I actually know a lot of people who make their living that way.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/17/2011

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If all these stars are so concerned, they can make huge donations to these charities themselves. I don't want Rihanna's water, or any other celebrity. Talk about egos, wholly crap.

Nikki - posted on 10/17/2011

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I think a donation should be encouraged but I don't think it should be mandatory. Or maybe those stars could ebay a few bottles of their home water or kindly donate a few hundred thousand to the cause!

Cynthia - posted on 10/18/2011

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If Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez want to support a charity why don't they just do that. if the celebrities are willing to donate their own water to encourage people to raise awareness, i think maybe it would be a better idea to donate their water to the places that need clean tap water...this is my opinion.

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Angela - posted on 10/18/2011

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I agree with Teresa when she stated "While I think it's a nice concept and I support compassionate concepts.... it should be encouraged as a donation... not a forced

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However living in western Europe I almost always have to pay for water, it is bottled and rare to get tap water for free.

Over here all drinks cost and their is not any free refills on anything.

Ketchup etc is rarely free. At fast food chains such as Burger King and the likes you fork out about 65 eurocent for the stuff. At a restaurant you pay up to an euro for it.

So many of you all are a bit spoiled :)



When I lived in the states it was a given that tap was free, I would liked to be asked to donate, but I would not like to be forced to pay 1 USD for tap water.



EDIT TO ADD I MISS MY FREE LEMON! We don't see that here either. I think they would look at me cross eyed if I asked for a lemon.

Stifler's - posted on 10/17/2011

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In Australia if one person asks for water they bring as many tumblers as is at the table and a jug.

Stifler's - posted on 10/17/2011

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I would gladly donate money but I ain't paying for a glass of water at a restaurant.

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The restaurant owner still wouldn't be getting paid for the water (or lemon & sugar--though I've honestly never seen anyone try to make lemonade out of their water--you have to boil it for the flavor to mix...), they would be donating the $1 to the charity....It still comes out of the restaurant owner's pocket.

Also, if the organization forced restaurant owners to charge for water (kind of like the recycle fee on tires), it could hurt their business when people stop eating out in protest of the new charge. It won't hurt the charity, but some smaller restaurants could go under if the protest is big.

It's a good idea, but ASK for a donation, don't force it.

Rosie - posted on 10/17/2011

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i'm confused as to what it actually is. it says they would URGE them to donate, and then in another sentence is says they would be forcing. so which one is it? obviously i think forcing would be incredibly stupid.

Jenn - posted on 10/17/2011

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Actually I was paying for it. As I owned the restaurant I paid the water bill, & for the fruit & sweeteners.

Jenn - posted on 10/17/2011

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I agree & understand 100% Brittany, I was a waitress too & it drove me nuts! Yes many people do the lemons & sugar ugh!
They don't pay for the water, lemons, or sugar & usually you end up refilling their glass more, that's why it's annoying!

Sarah - posted on 10/17/2011

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I completely agree with people who say it is a terrible idea! I am all for putting the option there (maybe with a blurp on the menu) but forcing people to pay is ridiculous!! Why don't all those stars fork over some cash so normal people can afford the occasional night out?

Brittany, why is it so annoying when people order water? And why does it matter if they put there own flavoring in it? I can understand using a whole bunch of free lemons and sugar, but I don't see anytime wrong with someone putting in something they have paid for themselves.

Iridescent - posted on 10/17/2011

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I think it's a terrible idea. Some states (desert states specifically) have made it illegal to charge for tap water, and you really do need to offer it to people that need it. Without it, they would die! It's not a matter of "who can afford to go out to eat; it's just another expense related to that". It's a very clear matter of life and death. People have accepted, although hard, that they may not be able to eat for up to a month at a time. It takes money they may not have. But to make up for that, they MUST have water. You cannot live a week without it.

Amie - posted on 10/17/2011

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I've never been to a restaurant where they even ask if you want water. It's just assumed that you do and they leave you a pitcher or fill your glass with it. If you want something else to drink (that you pay for) they ask and then you do if you want.

Paying another fee for tap water is ridiculous. As it stands right now I don't pay for our water though, except our drinking water (by choice). We live on an acreage and we run on well water - an actual well, not those new ones that you dig a whole, sink one in and then pay for city water that you haul out and deposit into your well. An actual drilled well. Our filter system is set up and it's safe but it tastes so gross! That's why we pay for our drinking water.

As others have said, this will do nothing to educate people about water awareness.

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Even if I wasn't cheap I'd only order water. I wouldn't even drink a half a cup of anything else (I don't usually drink half a cup of the water either, but I NEED some) so why they hell would I waste $3-5 on something I don't even WANT to drink?

And yes, my girls would make their own 'lemondade' w/ one slice of lemon which a lot of waters tend to come w/ anyway.....

Starfish - posted on 10/17/2011

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I'm big on charities, especially ones that provide such basic resources, but I do not like this idea. Charging for a free item is not a donation - it is a fee. What you do with that fee is besides the point. Let's call a spade a spade, shall we?

Also, the "prize" is dumb in my opinion. Just another way to act like celebrities are special. But to each their own on that one.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/17/2011

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Brittany, when I eat at a restaurant, I always order water. Not because I am cheap, it is because I prefer water over any other beverage. And yes, I will ask for a lemon....1...and they USUALLY bring out a whole damn bowl on their own. I use the lemon to cut the flavor of tap water, or water from the hose. I don't like that taste. I use a britta at home, and it filters out the chlorine taste. I do not put sugar in my water to simulate lemonade. I don't personally use sugar at all. I don't ask for a bowl of lemons, and it annoys me that I am brought out a whole bowl. I use 1 in my drink, and can never finish the wedges, and they all go to waste.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/17/2011

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I think it is a terrible idea. We pay for water in our own homes, bottled water, there aren't even outside fountains at most parks any more. I think it is another money grubbing idea. In this economy, charging for something that ought to be free is getting out of control. Water at a restaurant free is the least they can do. If people want to DONATE, that is fine, but making it mandatory? REALLY?

Lady Heather - posted on 10/17/2011

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People do that with the lemons??? Lulz.

I think it's rather rude to suggest people shouldn't eat at restaurants if they don't want to pay for a drink though. Drinks are some of the most overpriced things on a menu. A non-alcoholic beverage here is usually about 3 bucks. If a family of 5 goes out for dinner and they all have one it's an extra 15 bucks. Like I say, we didn't always have a lot of money when I was a kid but a couple of times a year my parents would take us out. We couldn't order anything expensive, no drinks, no dessert. But for us as kids it was exciting to get to do that.

I usually order water now because I don't want anything else. I don't like pop, do not like to drink juice with meals, can't have caffeine, and rarely like the tea for offer. If the restaurant has San Pellegrino I will sometimes get a bottle of that. If not, I just get water because that's what I like to drink. I'm not going to order something I don't want for no reason. I don't see how this is any different from ordering the cheaper pasta dish instead of the steak because I just plain want pasta.

Brittany - posted on 10/17/2011

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I think this is a great idea! I used to wait tables and let me tell you something. People that order water DROVE ME FREAKIN CRAZY!! They would order water, with a bowl of lemons and then use all of the sugar on the table becuase, they did not want to pay for lemonade.

There are some people who have to be careful about what they drink, like myself, and I can understand that but, DO NOT ask for for a whole bowl of lemons so you can make some cheap lemonade or add your own kool-aid to it. That is cheap and if you can not afford a beverage then eat at home.

Very annoying. I do have to be careful on what I drink, diet soda only water and unsweet tea. If we do eat out (which is almost never) I will order unsweet tea and a glass of water.

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When something becomes mandatory, it is no longer a donation. If they want to encourage restaurant owners to ask patrons if they WANT to donate $1 or more, that's fine, but imposing a mandatory fee is over the line. What is to stop other charities from imposing mandatory fees on other products for their charities?

As for the celebrity water....it's weird, but I like it. There are people out there who would buy it, it is completely voluntary, and the money goes to a good cause. That's what we do when we buy stuff for charity--I mean who would pay $8,000 for a crappy painting done by a neglected 10 year old with a criminal record? It is clearly not work $8k, but we have no problem selling them because people want to help the 10yr old. Same with the water--we know the celebrity water is no different than our own tap, but people will buy it because they want to help the people who don't have clean water.

Tiffany - posted on 10/16/2011

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I think if you can afford to eat out you can afford a $1 to help someone living in a third-world county live. I love the idea of a $1 for water (but maybe per check rather than per glass with additional donations accepted). I don't really pay attention or care what celebrities are doing, but if it helps people get clean water great.

Lady Heather - posted on 10/16/2011

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I think it's a fine idea to encourage a donation. I know I would probably be suckered into it every time. Ha. But I know when money was a little tight as a kid, paying for drinks at a restaurant was a no go so I don't think it should be an expectation.

Could give two shits about winning Rihanna's water though. wtf? Who cares what tap it came out of? I guess if someone cares it spreads the word but umm...I don't care.

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While I think it's a nice concept and I support compassionate concepts.... it should be encouraged as a donation... not a forced payment.

We don't usually eat out cuz I can't afford it. I definitely wouldn't eat at a place that charged for water cuz that's all we drink to get out as cheap as possible (the 2-3 times/year we MIGHT eat at an actual restaurant place... though usually we only go if my mom is visiting and paying).

Denikka - posted on 10/16/2011

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Well. . .I appreciate the thought behind this. It's a good idea. The charging for water in restaurants to fund clean water elsewhere anyways. The *bottled celeb water* is just kind of silly. . .
But hey, if people want to pay for it, at least it's going to a good cause. And I'm sure there are people out there celeb crazy enough to WANT water bottled at Rhianna's house. . .

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