Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Integer Fiscal Unit Beverage Quantification

To avoid having to wait for change
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As the price of coffee beans and overheads varies, this would let coffee bars vary the amount of coffee served rather than the price (which means that you always have to wait for change).
So, you would always be able to order a £1 (or $2, or whatever - so long as it's a whole number of currency units) cappucino and the day-by-day millilitre variations in the amount of coffee would provide a ready index of cost variations in the beverage industry.
hippo, Dec 13 2003

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another way of quantifying drinks [neilp, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]


       "make mine 473ml of Boddington's please" [neilp]
"certainly, that's £2" [barman]
neilp, Dec 13 2003

       Like putting $5 worth of gas in the car ... just with beverages ... I like. [+]
Letsbuildafort, Dec 13 2003

       I can't say, "Fill it up"? +
FarmerJohn, Dec 13 2003

       Including tax of course?
grip, Dec 13 2003

       As with gas, "fill it up" would yield a non-integer bill, but "gimme $3 worth of nonfat half-caff latte" would get you a volume of said beverage equivalent to $3. While I'd never pay $3 for a cup of coffee, + for the idea.
Freefall, Dec 13 2003

       Todays special: Buy a full cup of coffee and get a croissant free. (Price may not be full dollars. Full dollar orders do not qualify.)
kbecker, Dec 14 2003

       sorry, but i'd like to know exactly how much i'm getting for my money. and i'd rather have a consistent size than different amounts of caffeine each day. i'd be wired one day and hardly awake at all the next. plus, implementing the technology (to measure fluid ounces?) wouldn't be worth the trouble saved just to avoid getting/giving back change. imaginitive idea, however (-).
superman9k, Dec 16 2003

       [FarmerJohn] - its pronounced "Filler up"
Letsbuildafort, Dec 16 2003

       There's a cap on my cappucino!
egbert, Dec 16 2003

       There could be a cup on the counter representing today's $2 worth, like fish prices, then you could choose whether to ask for it.
acerrubrum, Dec 16 2003

       Would they advertise in the price per volume format? (+) if they went so far as to always give the price with an extra 9/10ths of a cent (smallest physical piece of currency) like the gas stations here in America do.
luecke, Dec 16 2003

       Most smart retailers WANT to give you change. It forces the register to open, and the register won't open unless a transaction is logged. This cuts down significantly on employee theft.   

       (A common employee theft method is to pocket the customer's money and not ring up the sale. Having to give change really makes this method very hard for the dishonest employee.)   

       I'd say a better way to cut transaction time would be to have smart-debit-cards (but high overhead) or pre-paid tokens (low overhead, and nicely tactile). This gets the $ out of the hands of employees & customers.
sophocles, Dec 16 2003

       [sophocles] less of a problem here, as it could/would be easy to do a dynamic stock take of products which had been dispensed during each sales session. Agreed, obv. in supermarkets etc.
neilp, Dec 16 2003

       And coffee companies really do have beancounters
hippo, Dec 17 2003

       Yes. + BYOC
k_sra, Dec 17 2003


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