When buyers went into a dairy (convenience store) in the nineteen-fifties to buy a soft drink, the conversation always went something like this:
"I'd like a Coca-Cola please."
"Big or small?"
"Off the ice?"
"Are you going to drink it here?"
"Do you want it open?"
When I was about twelve, I rocked a dairy owner's world by sauntering into the shop at Worser Bay and proclaiming in one long determined breath, "A small bottle of Coca Cola off the ice opened to take away please."
I will never forget this man's happiness that I had cut so quickly to the chase. The bottle opener was in his hands in a flash.
And what's brought this memory back to me? Well, rumour has it that once again we might be getting a few cents' refund on returned soft drink bottles. This means that it should be cheaper for a consumer to drink a soft drink in a cafe or on a dairy owner's premises? Can I really see that working nowadays?