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I need a drink

Here’s a stupid thing:

When we arrived at Bradley International Airport on Friday night at 9:00 PM, every single restaurant and retail outlet was closed.

Not a single thing was open.

I’m still battling a lingering cough, and one of the best ways to manage it is to have a drink with me constantly, but after going through airport security, I had nothing to drink and no means of getting anything save the water fountains in the terminal, which produced a trickle of warm, metallic flavored water.

The soda fountains at McDonald’s were still available even though the restaurant was closed, but without a cup, I had no way of making use of them, either

How does an international airport not keep at least one Hudson News or similar retail establishment open for the hundreds of passengers waiting for flights on a Friday night?

Especially in this age of perpetual delays and cancellations, why not keep something open for the passengers spending hours at a time waiting for planes that never arrive?

Two hours after suffering without anything to drink, I finally took action. I returned to the McDonald’s, and under the curious gaze of four pilots who were seated together a few feet away, I jumped the counter, walked into the back of the restaurant, and retrieved three cups:

One for me and two for my friends.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.