The other night I went to see the 76ers play at the Wells Fargo Center. I'm not a basketball fan by any means, but the tickets were free and I enjoyed myself. Can't complain about that.
While I was there, though, I encountered a strange policy at one of the vendor stands. I ordered four bottles of water. The woman behind the counter got them out of the refrigerated case, then proceeded to open them and pour their contents into four separate plastic cups. When I asked why, she explained that it's arena policy that people are not allowed to bring bottles into the stands. And why is that? Safety.
My mind was reeling just thinking about the collossal amount of waste that the Center must generate each day from the needless pouring of beverages from the water-tight containers into plastic cups. The sad part was realizing that it's cheaper to deal with that waste day after month after year than to deal with a single lawsuit. Why else would they institute such a grotequely wasteful policy?
I also remembered that just a stone's throw from the Center is Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies. There, fans are trusted to handle bottles in the stands. Not glass bottles, of course, but plastic and aluminum. Suddenly the Center's policy smells a whole lot more like horseshit.
Needless to say, I'm glad I'm a Phillies fan, rather than a fan of any team that plays at the Center. I prefer to support places that respect their customers.