Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Scotland / Wrestling Universe
Now that I've recovered from my southern-French holiday, I just realised something about the price of water there. I bought a bottle of water that was 750ml today, and it cost £1.25 (the US unit conversions aren't too important for comparison). But back there a couple of weeks ago, I was able to buy a cool 1.5 litre bottle and it cost 1€ (approximately 79 pence). Pretty weird, but when I thought about it further it seemed even stranger.
Quite often, in hotter countries, you can't drink the tap water particularly safely. So it would make sense that the bottled-water companies would charge a lot more for bottled water, because they've got no other option if they want water. But oddly enough it costs less over there. And it was better quality water too, which when you consider the amount of time it takes to get water to that quality, can be confusing. And over there they add a price for refrigeration in the shops, so an unrefrigerated bottle would cost even less. But they don't even bother to cool it at all over here.
So in short, back in mainland Europe they say, "We'll give you water, cooled for your refreshment, painstakingly filtered to be at the best quality possible, all for a low price."
But back in Scotland, it's "Ah fuck it, give it to the shops warm and overcharge them for it, the heroin won't buy itself."
As I sit here and drink my foul-tasting, lukewarm, overpriced water, I think to myself, "Fuck this country."