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A lot of you seem to be Canadian, so I assume a lot of you know about the "Roll Up the Rim to Win" promotion that Tim Hortons runs every spring to keep people from giving up coffee for Lent (at least, according to my friend whom I've mentioned before). But I also assume a lot of you don't know about
it, so here's how it works: You buy your coffee (or hot chocolate) at Tim Hortonsyes, Firefox, it should have an apostrophe, but it doesn'tand it comes in a paper cup as usual. But these cups, unlike the ones used the rest of the year, have printing inside the rolled part of the rim. When you're done drinking your hot drink, you roll up the rim to see what you won. 1/6th of the time (according to the signs), you win another coffee or hot chocolate. The big prizes are things like cars, TVs, and bicycles usually.
Anyway, the rims are a bit annoying to roll up. The common technique seems to be to flatten the top of the cup such that the part of rim you have to roll up (which has an arrow pointing to it) is flat, and then roll it up with your thumbs, but that's not super easy. There's also a keychain tool called the Rimroller that you slide down over the section of rim and back up. On the way down it cuts down through the rim on each side of the section, and on the way up it unrolls it. Either way you have to rip across the bottom of the section of rim so that you can keep it to redeem later without keeping the whole cup.
Another solution, the one I'm proposing, would be to perforate the rim at the factory on either side of the section to be rolled up. The perforations could also go across below the tear-out section, as long as the wax would be enough to maintain watertightness.
(And I think that might be my greatest ever ratio of preamble to actual idea description.)
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[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 29 2019]
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||I like it. Except no one I know ever wins. Ever. I think all the good cups are sent to the Centre of the Universe (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver), and 98% of the country can go hang, especially the reserves.
||This idea, combined with the spittle used to temporarily caulk every other cup's seam, seemingly at random, will make the un-recycleable cup completely un-re-useable; leaky seams plus a perforated drain.
||Why is this a problem? Good ol' boys like to use a Timmies cup as a convenient disguise for (an)other beverage(s) where it may be socially unacceptable to drink a beer, i.e.: at school functions, peewee hockey games, or church. Hey, at least the cups are repurposed... but not with this idea.
||//I like it. Except no one I know ever wins.//
||We all win eh...
...we all do.
||I was almost going to put a footnote from where I wrote "1/6th" to say that I seem to get "Win Coffee" more than 1/6th of the time. (I also seem to have good luck in raffles and such