McDonald's in the United States is planning to phase out its free refill policy over the next decade.
According to a report by the New York Post, the fast-food giant aims to limit customers to one liter of soda by 2033, instead of the current option of up to three liters.
However, some franchise owners have already rejected the idea, arguing that the free refills are a significant draw for customers.
In Springfield, Illinois, one franchise has been selected for a pilot program where free refills have already been discontinued.
Instead, beverages are brought to the table along with the food. The owner reports that there have been "not too many complaints" so far.
One of the reasons cited for this change is to reduce areas of high human contact in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
owever, the move also comes as health advocates increasingly criticize the consumption of sugary drinks.
Since McDonald's operates as a franchise, individual owners have the option to maintain the free refill policy.
Some have already voiced their opposition, stating that the ability to "drink until you burst" after a meal exceeding 1,000 calories is a major attraction for customers.