USI Changes Soft Drink Policy

Cups now have microchips that keep track of how often a student refills a soft drink.

A change to the University of Southern Indiana's soft drink policy is upsetting some students. The university recently implemented a policy where students can only have one refill per cup in a 90 minute period. Refills were unlimited before.

To keep track, a sticker microchip is placed on the bottom of the cup. It is synced with the fountain machine. If a cup is placed on the machine without the sticker, it does not work.

"It's complete crap," said student Dustin Garrison.

But, the Kindra Strupp, assistant vice president of marketing and communications at USI, said the change was necessary. She said they were having problems with people refilling their drinks an excessive amount of times.

"The point of the whole thing is that our paying customers get what they deserve and we're not having to pass costs along to them because some people aren't playing by the rules," Strupp said.

Eyewitness News asked how much the microchip program cost, but USI said the vendor who implemented the program was unavailable.

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