Volume 95, Issue 78

Wednesday, February 20, 2002
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Drink bucks leave kids hungry

By Molly Duignan
Gazette Staff

Saving change from a night out drinking has just gotten harder. Among your pocket full of loonies and toonies, don't be surprised if you find a foreign coin or two.

The new currency, recently introduced at The Drink Night Club, comes in the form of a coin the size of a toonie and is accepted at the bar at a value of one dollar.

"It's very small and subtle, but it's another way to get The Drink's name out there," said Jeff Kubacki, general manager at The Drink.

Kubacki said the coin could potentially be used to grant VIP privileges at different events or as part of special event promotions. Thus far, the coin is only distributed in place of a loonie when paying cover and bargoers have the choice whether to accept it or not, he said.

Jeff Morris, a third-year media, information and technoculture student, said he did not know he had received the coin as change for the cover charge until he tried to use the fake money at a hot dog vender.

"It just limits where you can spend your money and forces you to spend it there. I don't think they should use it," he said.

Though some students, like Morris find the coin a nuisance, Kubacki said The Drink has not received any complaints.

Fourth-year French and Spanish student Brooke Delanghe said she could see the potential behind such promotions, but criticized The Drink for not advertising the coin.

The Drink is currently the only London bar using coins, though Monopoly Night Club has considered a similar concept for food vouchers.

Victoria Wong, promotions manager at Monopoly, said distributing the coin to customers as change, without explaining it, is an unfair exchange.

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