The Double Standard of buying water


Back when I was the assistant department manager in a grocery store, I see a lot of water flying off the shelves. This is especially true during the summer months. I even hear customers talk about how a certain type or brand of water is the best thing that they have ever had.  

I don’t know about anybody else but I have sampled a lot of the water that my store sells. Of course I have limits as to how much I will pay for water; for example $3-5 dollars for a gallon of water when most gallons are in the $1-2 range. Although I have snagged the more expensive ones when they were on sale.  

I have to admit that I cannot taste a difference in all the water. But each person is entitled to their opinions. If they didn’t have their opinions, I might lose money in the water department and be out of a job.  

Speaking of water department, it seems like a double standard to buy water when we already pay for it in the water bill. Even if you don’t pay the actual bill, it is included in the rent. Unless you don’t pay rent that is.  

I could just as easily buy a pitcher and keep the water cold but every time that I try this, it always mysteriously turns into sweet tea. Plus it is convenient to just buy a gallon of water for $1-2 every few days. Aside from the convenience of bottled water, I can’t help but point out the irony that one of the leading brands of water is “Evian”. I don’t have to tell you what that spells backwards.  

So basically, it’s sort of like double taxation paying for water twice. But somehow I feel I may have a moral obligation to actually buy the water in the store now. After all, I wouldn’t want to kill capitalism and the jobs that it creates.   

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