Wants fast food outlet to provide tap water

| 27/04/2017

Is there any law on restaurants providing free drinking water in Cayman? I’ve always considered it best practice to offer free tap water if requested and my wife agrees. A while back we had been to the beach and stopped off at KFC by Kirks and my kids were told that they could buy bottled water (overpriced) but KFC would not give free tap water. It seemed an odd decision; we haven’t been back as a result.

Auntie’s answer: While I agree that restaurants in general should always offer tap water as an alternate to buying fancy bottled or sparkling water, I have never asked or expected the same treatment when eating at a fast food outlet.

As a matter of fact, I do not believe I have ever seen any fast food place anywhere in the world offer this free option. And I would go so far as to say that I think most people would prefer to get their water in a pristine bottle rather than be handed a cup of the stuff over the counter.

My advice would be to pay for the bottled water and let this complaint go.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    It would appear the best answer is not to eat in fast food establishments…they are bad for you anyway. Any half decent restaurant pours you chilled tap water as soon as you sit down, if you want it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I too went to KFC approximately 2 years ago and after purchasing $30.00 worth of food asked for tap water and I was told I had to purchase bottled water which I refused. I asked again for tap water and was told by the supervisor that I could have tap water but a cup was 25 cents. I have not been back since.

  3. Anonymous says:

    There is a plain water tab on just about every soda dispensing machine out there that will dispense free … It is small and located close to the ice dispenser in the middle… Now, I can also say that while the water may be free, some outlets have been known to charge 10 cents or even more for the cup it goes in…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Many people these days don’t want to leave a carbon footprint by buying a bottle of water.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Every single fast food place in North America does provide free tap water. Auntie I am shocked that you did absolutely NO research on this whatsoever. Not like you.

    • Anonymous says:

      North America includes the Caribbean islands… such as Cayman. Speaking in broad generalities probably does not help your argument. Perhaps many do. But some I have been to in the USA do not. Your experience may vary.

      • Anonymous says:

        HAHAHAHAHA You’ve got to be kidding me!! You’d better check your map coz Cayman is NOT a part of North America
        GO back to school Dingdong.
        I’m still laughing at this.
        PS. North American is the USA and Canada my love. Now what does that do to YOUR argument??

        • Anonymous says:

          Lo and behold you can go to Wikipedia, List of sovereign states and dependent territories in North America and there you find the Cayman Islands in the non-Sovereign Territories section.


          There are a multitude of ways (political, cultural, and geologic among others) to group countries and regions. Grouping the Caribbean in with North America is a rather common option.

          Sometimes the grouping is geologic and based upon tectonic plates. In this grouping Cayman and Cuba are a part of North America as they sit on the North American Plate the same as most of the US and Canada. The southern boundary of this plate is just south of Cayman and is where our occasional earthquakes arise.

          • Anonymous says:

            Ok, every fast food place in the US and Canada has free water. Is that clear enough for you? Too many ripoffs in cayman, this is just another example.

        • Anonymous says:

          You forgot about Mexico: Mexico is in North America.

    • Anonymous says:

      Required by Building Code

  6. Dave says:

    Wow, Aunt must not travel much. I have gotten tap water at every restaurant in Cayman (fast or not) and in the USA as well at every restaurant. Aunt your answer is just ignorant and rude.

  7. Whatcha Say says:

    Some of these fast food places DO offer free tap water. I know Wendy’s does and have had it offered at Burger King and Popeye’s as well. Perhaps a little friendly competition and maybe a little bit of shaming could go a long way here!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Where is Auntie from??? Water from the soda fountain is so normal they have a tap for it