Please pay for your coffee!
January 29, 2007 8:17 AM Subscribe
How do I encourage more people to pay into the work coffee fund without actively guarding the coffee pot?
posted by JigSawMan to Work & Money (44 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
OK, we have a coffee fund at work (higher education institution) which is 25¢ per cup, or a monthly price of $4.00. This is for coffee, tea, or hot cocoa beverages. In my opinion, this is more than reasonable pricing (side question: what are other coffee funds priced at?). The coffee fund was never meant to be a money-maker, just to pay for the supplies and upkeep of the equipment (Bunn coffee maker, microwave, fridge). Unfortunately, as my question hints, few individuals are paying for their drinks.
The appliances are in an open office area and nobody is officially in charge of monitoring the snack area. A student worker does make sure there is fresh coffee throughout the day, but there is nobody on hand to enforce payment. The payment location is simply a coffee cup on top of the coffee maker with an indication on it to deposit money there.
There is prominent sign on the coffee maker explaining the cost. Here is the text:
Coffee, tea or hot chocolate drinks are all 25 cents per cup.
A monthly price of 4 dollars.
Unless otherwise marked, all items in the refrigerator are not for sale.
Thank you for supporting this refreshment area.
All deposited funds are used to stock this refreshment area and maintain the appliances.
What can I do to encourage more people to pay? I realize there are some people who simply view the coffee fund as their source for freebies, and will never pay unless strong-armed into it. I'm hoping there is a way to appeal to those who simply have gotten out of the habit of paying because nobody is actively pursuing them.
One idea I'm considering is change the deposit area from the opaque coffee cup into a clear container so that it is clearly visible that the money should be in there.