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16th Sep '16 9:50:05 AM ThatBitterTase
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* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', minor character Pierre Gobbi has an audio diary complaining about the hellhole Rapture is turning out to be; but there is ''one'' thing he cannot stand: Worley Winery, producers of the fine wine Arcadia Merlot, watering down their wine. They then claim that at least they are using distilled water, and not seawater.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', minor character Pierre Gobbi has an audio diary complaining about the hellhole Rapture is turning out to be; but there is ''one'' thing he cannot stand: Worley Winery, producers of the fine wine Arcadia Merlot, watering down their wine. They then claim that at least they are using distilled water, and not seawater. This points the player to the winery, as distilled water is one of the items for the current FetchQuest.
20th Aug '16 4:28:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted with JanisJoplin. Apparently, she was just one of several people killed by a dealer who failed to cut his batch of heroin enough to make it "safe".

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* Averted with JanisJoplin.Music/JanisJoplin. Apparently, she was just one of several people killed by a dealer who failed to cut his batch of heroin enough to make it "safe".
19th Jul '16 1:20:07 AM Tyrathius
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': One of the [[PokeThePoodle less heinous]] things Ingo does when he takes over Lon Lon Ranch is water down their milk products.
1st Jun '16 3:53:19 PM karstovich2
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* On a lighter note, diluting alcohol with sodas or fruit juices to make larger, less alcoholic beverages is one of the staples of modern bartending. From a purely economic perspective, this benefits more or less everyone: the weaker drinks make cheap liquor sippable, reducing the cost of drinking to the consumer, and buying cheaper liquor allows bars to serve more customers. Even liquor connoisseurs benefit, since premium, high-quality spirits are usually available in the bar but must be ordered by name, leaving them to those who know them by name and presumably will not adulterate them with soft drinks.[[note]]Not always, though--NouveauRiche have a tendency to order mixed drinks with high-quality alcoholic beverages as a means of ConspicuousConsumption. Case in point: British footballers' drink of choice, Cristal champagne mixed with Diet Coke.
** Ironically making it even worse for some: Diet Coke is sweetened with the aspartame, a synthetic sweetener that has a strong and somewhat unpleasant off-taste that is generally undetectable by most humans, but is easily felt by about of quarter of them due to genetic variation.

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* On a lighter note, diluting alcohol with sodas or fruit juices to make larger, less alcoholic beverages is one of the staples of modern bartending. From a purely economic perspective, this benefits more or less everyone: the weaker drinks make cheap liquor sippable, reducing the cost of drinking to the consumer, and buying cheaper liquor allows bars to serve more customers. Even liquor connoisseurs benefit, since premium, high-quality spirits are usually available in the bar but must be ordered by name, leaving them to those who know them by name and presumably will not adulterate them with soft drinks.[[note]]Not always, though--NouveauRiche in particular have a tendency to order mixed drinks with high-quality alcoholic beverages as a means of ConspicuousConsumption. Case in point: British footballers' drink of choice, Cristal champagne mixed with Diet Coke.
** Ironically making it even worse for some:
Coke. Never mind that the Diet Coke is sweetened with tastes awful--particularly awful to the aspartame, a synthetic sweetener that has a strong and somewhat unpleasant off-taste that is generally undetectable by most humans, but is easily felt by about of quarter of them due to genetic variation. the population that can taste the nasty aftertaste of aspartame--they're ''rich'' dammit![[/note]]
24th Mar '16 12:54:55 PM Morgenthaler
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24th Mar '16 12:19:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''AmericanPsycho'', a couple of the yuppies complain about how the cocaine they've been sold is "a gram of fucking Nutrasweet".

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* In ''AmericanPsycho'', ''Film/AmericanPsycho'', a couple of the yuppies complain about how the cocaine they've been sold is "a gram of fucking Nutrasweet".



* Rosie does this on ''[[{{Series/Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' to keep the prices down.

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* Rosie does this on ''[[{{Series/Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' ''{{Series/Mash}}'' to keep the prices down.
3rd Feb '16 10:51:57 AM DeisTheAlcano
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-->''In ten years in this dump, I've come to accept a very low standard of life. But even at the bottom of this fish tank, a man must have standards. The pathetic trou du cul down at Worley Winery has started putting water to his terrible wine... water!!!''
-->-- Pierre Gobbi, a native of Surren-- I mean France ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''

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-->''In ->''"In ten years in this dump, I've come to accept a very low standard of life. But even at the bottom of this fish tank, a man must have standards. The pathetic trou du cul down at Worley Winery has started putting water to his terrible wine... water!!!''
water!!!"''
-->-- Pierre Gobbi, a native of Surren-- I mean France '''Pierre Gobbi''', ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''
29th Jan '16 1:03:42 PM StFan
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* In 2013, the State of New Jersey [[http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/05/operation_swill_nj_officials_c.html ran a sting operation called "Operation Swill"]] that revealed no less than 29 establishments statewide (of which ''13'' were [[TGIOChilibees TGI Friday's locations]]) passing off cheaper brands as premium liquor. On its own, that's ExpensiveGlassOfCrap, but sometimes the bars would mix a bit of the real thing in for some reason; and since most of these places were not so much bars as restaurants with liquor licenses, the vast majority of drinks ordered there would be mixed--perfect for disguising the fact that you used crap liquor instead of the real thing.

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* In 2013, the State of New Jersey [[http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/05/operation_swill_nj_officials_c.html ran a sting operation called "Operation Swill"]] that revealed no less than 29 establishments statewide (of which ''13'' were [[TGIOChilibees TGI [[KitschyThemedRestaurant T.G.I. Friday's locations]]) passing off cheaper brands as premium liquor. On its own, that's ExpensiveGlassOfCrap, but sometimes the bars would mix a bit of the real thing in for some reason; and since most of these places were not so much bars as restaurants with liquor licenses, the vast majority of drinks ordered there would be mixed--perfect for disguising the fact that you used crap liquor instead of the real thing.
15th Jan '16 10:12:43 PM nombretomado
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* In the extended version of Steven King's ''TheStand'', one of the survivors of Captain Tripps is a heroin user who knew where his dealer kept the stash. Unfortunately for him, the dealer died before he could cut it, so the druggie snorted almost pure heroin and promptly died of an overdose.

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* In the extended version of Steven King's ''TheStand'', ''Literature/TheStand'', one of the survivors of Captain Tripps is a heroin user who knew where his dealer kept the stash. Unfortunately for him, the dealer died before he could cut it, so the druggie snorted almost pure heroin and promptly died of an overdose.
9th Jan '16 1:59:19 AM Sheora
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** Bart is sent as a foreign exchange student to France, only to find out that he's basically been sold as a slave to shoddy wine makers. Unable to speak the language, he toils for weeks as the men abuse him. One day, immersion kicks in and he realizes he's fluent. He immediately runs to a cop and tells him how the men beat and starve him and cut the wine with antifreeze. The officer listens stoically until he gets to the part about the wine. To which he's horrified and rushes off to arrest the men.
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