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Soda shaming

August 23rd, 2012 · 48 comments

Well, now that dog shaming is officially a thing…

I wasn’t invited to Shakespeare in the Park so I ate all the Shakespeare off the bookshelf.

…it was really only a matter of time before we moved onto the shaming of non-sentient beings.

I am a FRAUD. I hid in the slot where Dr. pepper is supposed to be so that someone has to buy me and drink my horrible flavor. She took two drinks, cursed me, and made me wear this note in shame.

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FILED UNDER: beverages · public shaming · San Antonio · vending machine drama

48 responses so far ↓

  • #1   weaselby

    Ohhh noooooo. I own that same Riverside Shakespeare :(

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #2   Walt

    Coke Zero is liquid gold.

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Bambi

      YES! ^^

      Aug 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   phyre

      Gold probably tastes better.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   shesajem

      Its liquid death.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   Mom of Three

      Pee is also liquid. And gold. Diet Pepsi Cherry all the way, woot!

      Aug 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   JK

      Team Diet Coke. I tell myself I can eat a meal without it, but then I happily fall right off the wagon every time.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   SeeYouInTea

      Diet sodas always feel like pure acid in my mouth.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 12:59 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   kermit

      Maybe I have different tastebuds, but cola soda in general (especially room-temperature soda) tastes like soap to me. Glad I never took much to it in the first place, so it wasn’t hard to give up all that aspartame.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 1:13 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #2.8   TKD

      Diet Dr. Pepper, still the best soda on the planet!

      Aug 24, 2012 at 6:41 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #2.9   Frank

      Cola soda doesn’t have aspartame. The awful “diet” version does. The rest of the world more accurately calls that “light” soda, because no one with any sense would drink a soda if they were trying to diet.

      In any event, everyone who enjoys diet soda of any sort has damaged taste buds, and I pity their inability to taste the poison they’re ingesting. ;)

      Aug 24, 2012 at 8:30 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #2.10   Roto13

      More importantly, Dr. Pepper is fucking *vile*

      Aug 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #2.11   JK

      The rest of the world also has the good sense not to pack their regular soda with high fructose corn syrup. When I tell someone I wish I could score some Mexican Coke, they get very confused. It’s Coca-Cola made with actual sugar. Some places in the U.S. carry it so if you find a store that does, stock up.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #2.12   kermit

      Frank, I think it depends on the location. I have yet to see any soda (or chewing gum, for that matter) that doesn’t have aspartame or a similar artificial sugar. Places like Mexico still sell cola with real sugar in it, but they seem to be fewer and fewer of them.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.13   Poltergeist

      I love the pointless elitism that erupts through soda discussion.

      “*My* soda has *real* sugar in it.”
      “It’s LIGHT, not DIET. Nobody who’s trying to lose weight would ever drink a single diet soda!”
      “Aspartame/High fructose corn syrup kills! I would never ingest such poison!”

      Yeesh, get over yourselves.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm   rating: 52  small thumbs up

    • #2.14   weaselby

      Or you could, you know, do some research. Corn syrup and artificial sweetener are awful for obesity, diabetes, thyroid disruption, depression, neurological disorders…need I go on?

      Aug 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #2.15   kermit

      It’s not even so much that they’re bad for you as the fact that they simply don’t taste as good as the real thing.

      Does a spoonful of artificial sugar really taste better than natural brown sugar?
      Does orange mystery processed “cheese” that’s not even allowed to be legally called “cheese” really taste better than the real thing?

      Aug 26, 2012 at 12:00 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.16   The Elf

      I think you have those a little confused when it comes to diabetes…… Corn syrup is without question bad for diabetics, as is drinking a regular soda made with can sugar. Artificial sweetener (splenda, aspartame, etc) can be bad, depends on the reports you read, but it likely won’t effect your blood glucose reading.

      Aug 27, 2012 at 7:46 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #2.17   Beatus Mongous

      Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer is delicious. Try it.

      Aug 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #3   Mrs.Beasley

    “Shake, Shakespeare, whatever.”
    – The dog

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #4   Leaping Lizard

    Looks like she took a lot more than just two drinks from that Coke Zero.

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Sue

      Maybe she meant “made” two drinks. She had to mix it with rum to make it drinkable.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   The Elf

      Judging by the amount used, the Coke Zero was just for color in those rum drinks.

      Aug 27, 2012 at 7:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   Adriana

    I haven’t had real sugar in so long that I can’t even tell that diet soda tastes ‘diety’ anymore. That being said, back in my former sugar-filled glory days, Coke Zero was probably my least favorite diet soda.

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #6   Sue

    The look on that dog’s face makes me believe he really did write that note.

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Harbinger

      He’s eyeing off the Dickens in the bookshelf, which is behind and to the left of the photographer…

      Aug 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Harbinger

      The left from the dog’s POV obviously…

      Aug 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   shwo! bang

    Of course he destroyed the Shakespeare. He obviously prefers doggerel.

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #8   Mom of Three

    …or dogma.

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #9   Smokey

    I still drink, and really enjoy a can of TaB!

    Aug 24, 2012 at 6:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #10   ddk23

    Love Cherry Coke Zero myself……I know I should give it up….but I also should vacuum.

    Poor dog just wanted to enjoy The Bard somehow.

    Aug 24, 2012 at 8:13 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #11   Amy In Toronto

    I can’t drink anything carbonated without suffering from instant hiccups, so I’m one of the few people who wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between Coke or Pepsi and I find it fascinating that there are loyal fans in both camps (and now on the Diet side of the battle too, I suppose).

    As for the dog, I’d be pretty pissed off too if I were left out of the Shakespeare In The Park festivities. The dog’s facial expression with the “rolled-eye” look doesn’t really match the text in the note, to me. The dog’s face looks like s/he’s trying to play dumb to the accusations, or at least express, “Well duh – what’d you THINK would happen when you left me out of the plans to go to the park?”

    Aug 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #12   T1000

    This is fake

    Aug 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Beatus Mongous

      Go to hell, T1000.

      Aug 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #13   Seriously Sassy Mama

    That was funny!

    Aug 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #14   Pit Pat

    OMG, I saw something like this once on cuteoverload (I *think* it was CU, anyway), and people went nuts. A bunch of people thought it was just horrible that someone put a shaming sign (something about the puppy eating his own waste) on the dog and then took his picture. They were genuinely concerned that the dog’s feelings were hurt. Because, of course, he KNEW that he was being publicly shamed. Lord, it was crazy. Actually, those CU commenters are crazy. Unlike here, where everyone is so kind, forgiving, and rational. :)

    Aug 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   kermit

      Maybe I haven’t been reading CO diligently enough, but I have yet to read a similar shit-storm of 400+ comments on the indoor/outdoor cat debate. Then again, I think CO has more moderators that don’t allow the debate to get out of hand.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Pit Pat

      I haven’t been on CO in quite a while, a few years probably. What drove me crazy was how anyone who suggested that either the picture depicted something that wasn’t quite right (eg a wild baby animal that maybe shouldn’t be handled) or that perhaps the language could be toned down were immediately branded as nuffers and run out of town. No matter how politely a person worded their request (eg, “I love CO and would so love to share it with my kids, but I just can’t when the caption has a 4-letter-word in it. Would you consider leaving out the curse words?”) they were just piled on (“no one cares about your stupid kids. Don’t like CO’s captions? Then leave”). Do they still do that?

      I know it can get tense here (been reading for ages though I don’t comment too much), but it’s nothing compared to what CO was like.

      And if you want a shit-storm, how about a thread on declawing cats? That’s always good fun.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   kermit

      Maybe it’s just the way I’m parsing the comment, but I consider it uber-PA if anyone says “I’d love to share it with my kids, but I can’t because of [thing], so could you pretty please change it?”.

      CO and this site aren’t geared toward children. If you find it inappropriate for kids, don’t share it with them. I don’t think I have any right to tell a blog owner how they should modify the content of their blog. Offer suggestions that have to do with navigating the site? Absolutely. Content or comment policy? No, under any circumstances.

      I haven’t witnessed what you describe on CO. They seem to have an arbitrary comment moderation system where even the most innocuous comment may land in moderation. Nuffers seem to be non-existent. The biggest commentroversry I’ve witnessed was about a cat picture caption with a reference to Aboriginal head-dress and culture. Mods stepped in, said that they acknowledged the caption may have been offensive of Native Americans and that was the end of that.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   Pit Pat

      I guess I figure that if there is a comment section, you can comment on whatever you want. If it’s done politely, what’s the harm? The blog owner can always say no or just not respond. But really, it’s a *comment* section.

      It also sounds like it’s changed quite a bit. The commenters I remember would have had a field day with anyone who was offended by a reference to Native Americans.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   kermit

      As a person who used to have a blog but now don’t (time constraint), I appreciated reader feedback. If a fact was incorrect; if they hated the site design/commenting system or wanted to see more attention to [thing], that’s the stuff I was glad to hear, and met their wishes.

      But I dismissed anything like make the site kid-safe / conservative-safe / grandma-safe or whatever. The site is what I want it to be, and if it doesn’t suit you chances are that there’s a site out there that does. Or you can make your own.

      Again, that’s just me and the commenting rules I personally abide by when making comments on other people’s blogs.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   Pit Pat

      That does make sense to me, but what I hated about the CO comments was how nasty people could be about it. And there was no reason to be.

      And just in case I sound defensive – no, it was never directed at me. I didn’t dare comment there. Lol.

      Aug 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #14.7   kermit

      I rarely comment there because really, there are only so many ways you can say that something is cute (or not cute as the case may be). The silly poetry of NTMTNOM (or whatever he calls himself) is hilarious though, but they rarely let him post anymore.

      Aug 26, 2012 at 12:03 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #15   kelly

    That dog’s expression is perfect, I can almost hear him making those guilt-ridden, mournful whiney noises when someone put that sign on him.. “Eeeeh eeeeeeeeh awrrrr? :(“

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   crist

    i actually kinda feel bad for the coke

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #17   Melz

    How was the Coke Zero “hidden” in the Dr. Pepper spot? Didn’t she look at the bottle before she paid for it?

    Sep 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   cat

      it was in a drink machine, brainiac

      Sep 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   Poltergeist

      I think what cat is so rudely trying to say is that some drink vending machines don’t have glass fronts, so you can’t see into them.

      Sep 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up


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