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Is it a legal requirement for restuarants to provide tap water when asked?

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So i was doing my daily jog this morning when I realised I had forgoten my water bottle.As I had already done 2 miles when I noticed I decided not to go back home but to as for water at the chinese j…
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
So i was doing my daily jog this morning when I realised I had forgoten my water bottle.As I had already done 2 miles when I noticed I decided not to go back home but to as for water at the chinese just up the road.

Told them I was on my morning jog and forgot my water bottle and then asked for water,I was told it would be £1.20 for 500mls of bottled water,as I didnt have any money on me I then proceeded to ask for tap water, of which I was told they dont give tap water for "health and safety reasons".

When I got to work and told one of my colleges he said he would never go there again as he went there once for dinner on his daughter`s birthday and they wouldnt give them tap water either,insted they had to buy several small bottles of bottled water the whole night.

Does anyone know what the law is regarding providing free tap water at a restuarant?
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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He/She probably told you that because you were sweating everywhere. You were the H&S problem
#2
You can't just run in off the street and expect free water without even buying anythiing
banned#3
The Chinese was open in a morning?
#4
They are required by law to provide potable (drinking) water for their employees.

Obviously they should have drinking water in a food business, but it is their discretion as to whether they wish to provide it to customers, and in your case, non customers.

Seems a bit tight of them not to give you some mind.
#5
master_chief
The Chinese was open in a morning?


Catching the local pets for dinner maybe?
#6
I doubt there is any legal requirement at all to provide you with anything. Even more so as you were not even a customer.

Even when you friend dined there, they are under no legal requirement to provide anything. If they did decide to povide water they would be within their rights to make a service charge I would think.

Do you think that if I came knocking on your door would there be any legal requirement for you to provide me with a glass of water ?
#7
Adam2050
He/She probably told you that because you were sweating everywhere. You were the H&S problem


Had only done 2 miles without breaking a sweat,my jog is usually 6 miles to and 6 miles from and I always wear clothes so no BO yet LOL :)
#8
master_chief
The Chinese was open in a morning?


Technically it was late morning 11.30 Plus Ive bought take away there a few times.
#9
Also, there is no legal requirement for restaurants to provide free tap water with a meal.

It costs them money, even if the water is 'free' which it is not, most are on water meters, they also provide a service, a clean glass, ice etc. which also costs money.
banned#10
divasupreme
Had only done 2 miles without breaking a sweat,my jog is usually 6 miles to and 6 miles from and I always wear clothes so no BO yet LOL :)


Maybe push yourself a little harder?
#11
Download_Dave
I doubt there is any legal requirement at all to provide you with anything. Even more so as you were not even a customer.

Even when you friend dined there, they are under no legal requirement to provide anything. If they did decide to povide water they would be within their rights to make a service charge I would think.

Do you think that if I came knocking on your door would there be any legal requirement for you to provide me with a glass of water ?


As a non paying customer I guess not but what about customers?If you knocked on my door I WOULD provide you with water as common courtesy.:thumbsup:
banned#12
divasupreme;8906095
As a non paying customer I guess not but what about customers?If you knocked on my door I WOULD provide you with water as common courtesy.:thumbsup:

there is no legal requirement to provide tap water to anybody, customer or not.
#13
csiman
there is no legal requirement to provide tap water to anybody, customer or not.


Thanks,was just curious.That answers my question :)
#14
I thought the stance was anywhere with a license to sell alcohol has to by law be able to provide water free of charge. You said your friend had been there for a meal I assume they probably sell alcohol there then...as its not just a takeaway.
#15
I remember when i worked for Pizza Hut and a local tramp used to come and ask for water for his flask. The manager told us all not to give him anything as he wasn't a customer . But we all agreed that denying a human being water was just not right. So when we went out for ciggies we used to take him out bottles of water(and other stuff too:whistling:). Especially as being in Scotland we don't have water meters.
And if you knocked on my door I would give you water, a few mnths back a total stranger with a toddler knocked on my door and asked if she could use my loo for her son. I let her in and she was very thankful and very apologetic.
#16
i thought i'd read somewhere they had to give you tap water now if you were eating there - i suppose its different if you're not - but wouldn't make you want to use their take out service again would it ?!
#17
The truth is that in Britain there is no legal requirement on restaurants to provide free tap water to customers. Some pubs and other premises permitted to sell alcohol may have a clause in their licence that does require them to offer free tap water, but it's on a localised basis only.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/aug/30/consumeraffairs.activists
#18
divasupreme;8906095
As a non paying customer I guess not but what about customers?If you knocked on my door I WOULD provide you with water as common courtesy.:thumbsup:


Then I'd thank you for you kindness :), but most people would likely slam the door in my face and probably mumble a few swear words too.
banned#19
Download_Dave
Then I'd thank you for you kindness :), but most people would likely slam the door in my face and probably mumble a few swear words too.


I can honestly say I would provide water for somebody knocking at my door asking for some. I'd even give them a bottle of mineral water.
#20
numptyj
I thought the stance was anywhere with a license to sell alcohol has to by law be able to provide water free of charge. You said your friend had been there for a meal I assume they probably sell alcohol there then...as its not just a takeaway.


i thought this too, nightclubs have to give u free water dont they? and all the pubs up here give it to you for free, not sure about a takeaway resteraunt though
#21
intergeri
IAnd if you knocked on my door I would give you water, a few mnths back a total stranger with a toddler knocked on my door and asked if she could use my loo for her son. I let her in and she was very thankful and very apologetic.


Although it can be seen as an act of kindness, your generosity could horribly backfire. Whilst your back is turned getting the water, there could be a burglary taking place, with accomplices waiting close by.

Likewise with the toilet approach, they are inside your house and scanning it for valuables, they could do something there and then, or be scoping the place out for a future return. There's also potential allegations revolving around the "young son" and what you did whilst he was on the toilet.

If someone does knock on the door, asking for some water, close the door, get the water and then come back with the water, don't invite them in.
#22
master_chief
I can honestly say I would provide water for somebody knocking at my door asking for some. I'd even give them a bottle of mineral water.


Free water I'll be round later.
banned#23
Adam2050
Free water I'll be round later.


There's an official bottle of beer with your name on should you be passing these parts :thumbsup:
#24
intergeri
I remember when i worked for Pizza Hut and a local tramp used to come and ask for water for his flask. The manager told us all not to give him anything as he wasn't a customer . But we all agreed that denying a human being water was just not right. So when we went out for ciggies we used to take him out bottles of water(and other stuff too:whistling:). Especially as being in Scotland we don't have water meters.
And if you knocked on my door I would give you water, a few mnths back a total stranger with a toddler knocked on my door and asked if she could use my loo for her son. I let her in and she was very thankful and very apologetic.


Love scotland, most people there are exceptionaly friendly
banned#25
micoo
i thought this too, nightclubs have to give u free water dont they? and all the pubs up here give it to you for free, not sure about a takeaway resteraunt though


Read the guardian link a few posts back.
#26
micoo
i thought this too, nightclubs have to give u free water dont they? and all the pubs up here give it to you for free, not sure about a takeaway resteraunt though


They are a restuarant with a take away and YES they DO serve alcohol
#27
master_chief
Read the guardian link a few posts back.


lol, i have never been anywhere that didnt provide free tap water on request, maybe its a scottish thing :lol:
#28
master_chief
There's an official bottle of beer with your name on should you be passing these parts :thumbsup:


Danker.:)
banned#29
micoo
lol, i have never been anywhere that didnt provide free tap water on request, maybe its a scottish thing :lol:


The amount of alcohol consumed up there I'm not surprised.
#30
peodude
Although it can be seen as an act of kindness, your generosity could horribly backfire. Whilst your back is turned getting the water, there could be a burglary taking place, with accomplices waiting close by.

Likewise with the toilet approach, they are inside your house and scanning it for valuables, they could do something there and then, or be scoping the place out for a future return. There's also potential allegations revolving around the "young son" and what you did whilst he was on the toilet.

If someone does knock on the door, asking for some water, close the door, get the water and then come back with the water, don't invite them in.


I know what you're saying and maybe if it was a dodgy looking guy. People have helped me out before when I've needed it for no other reason than because they can. Yeah it could've backfired but I'm sure while my dog had the adult pinned against the wall i would've had time to call the police:-D
#31


Interesting article. Although, this bit here seems odd -

: "There are a lot of misconceptions, some of which arose out of the Leah Betts case. In the wake of her death, a lot of large premises had clauses put into their licensing agreements which obliged them to offer tap water free of charge.

Didn't Leah Betts die of drinking too much water? I think her dad explained it to us as being that she'd heard that E screws up your water table, so she drank enormous amounts of it, and it was that which caused her death. How would getting clubs to give out free water be any use there?
#32
csiman;8906106
there is no legal requirement to provide tap water to anybody, customer or not.


But up here in God's own country,

It is a legal requirement in Scotland that "Tap water fit for drinking must be provided free of charge on request" on premises with a licence that authorises the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ac ts2005/asp_20050016_en_15#sch3
#33
omg i would not knock on a strangers door to take my kids too loo, you wouldnt know who was answering the door or how hygenic it was, whats wrong with squatting?
#34
If it was a boy who wanted the toilet why couldn't he have gone behind a tree or something,i can't believe someone would knock on a strangers door,i think that's a bit bizarre.

Nobody would get owt at my house,i don't open the door to randoms,
#35
CAZ3AS;8906533
omg i would not knock on a strangers door to take my kids too loo, you wouldnt know who was answering the door or how hygenic it was, whats wrong with squatting?

Again in GOC, it is the law that you must let a stranger use your toilet.
#36
master_chief
The Chinese was open in a morning?


lmao
#37
CAZ3AS
omg i would not knock on a strangers door to take my kids too loo, you wouldnt know who was answering the door or how hygenic it was, whats wrong with squatting?


What if Gary Glitter answered the door :whistling:
banned#38
*restaurants
#39
deb8z
If it was a boy who wanted the toilet why couldn't he have gone behind a tree or something,i can't believe someone would knock on a strangers door,i think that's a bit bizarre.

Nobody would get owt at my house,i don't open the door to randoms,


excellent, so if someone knocked on your door to tell you that your roof was on fire.......................


well, we do need more darwin awards for peeps like you............
#40
A bit of a dramatic example alfonse, but i don't open the door to randoms and if i die as a consequence of that,so be it.

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