TAMPA (Bay News 9) — InBev, the new Belgian owner of Anheuser-Busch Cos., announced Monday that it will end the long standing tradition of giving out free beer at company-owned theme parks across the country.
For years patrons at SeaWorld Orlando and at Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa have enjoyed having free samples of the various types of beers offered by the company.
According to our partners at The St. Petersburg Times, the hospitality house at Busch Gardens Africa will close Jan. 25. When it re-opens it will offer a new cafe-style menu.
InBev said in a news release that the move is designed to increase the parks’ appeal to various age groups.
INCREASE APPEAL TO VARIOUS AGE GROUPS??????
WE ARE CANCELING ALL SIX OF OUR PLATINUM PASSES.
THANKS INBEV, AND SCREW YOU! BAN ALL INBEV PRODUCTS!
Ban InBev products! Yes, we all must take a stand. This is not some redneck rant about being an American and banning foreign products, gimme a break. This is all about corporations ruining time honored family traditions, places and even products that we hold “dear”. This goes for anyone, anywhere and every country. Honestly, a good product will be embraced wherever it is available no matter where it is from. However, how many times have corporations ruined a good thing? Just about every time right? Remember in the ’70’s when Arbys was actually good? Remember when Bob Evans was actually “farm fresh” and actually good? I even remember when the ever so HORRIBLE McDonalds was actually palatable. (Now the trash you throw away from your order outweighs the crap they dare to call food. Let’s not even talk about what they are doing to the environment and animals.) Yeah, let’s pay four dollars for a coffee then complain about not having money or the price of gas being too high. Shut up already. What is becoming of our society. A bunch of whiners and finger pointers. (Remember, when you point a finger, there are three pointing back at you!)
My short rant above will be elaborated upon with some startling stats very soon. I just had to get the basics off my chest. I am currently working 72 to 80 hours a week with 72 miles to get there. B.T.W., I only use one gallon of gas a day in the process. Needless to say, I have already banned all InBev products and places that serve them off of my list of places to spend my money. Kind of limits us to just a few places but, that is a few thousand dollars a year InBev won’t get from us. Still working on the “where to shop for groceries” thing though. I will really push awareness about this issue. My time is the only limiting factor. I will be out of work in January so, look for some sort of major activity on this around then.
I really appreciate how many people care so much about this issue. Although, I am also disgusted about how many people care about nothing. Much of it seems to be sheer stupidity, some of it is just ignorance of fact. Hopefully, we can all help in making everyone a little more aware of what is really important in life. Life itself, our planet, our children and education. How about a 700 billion dollar bailout of our educational system? Enough cash to send every kid in the U.S. to college has been spent in Iraq what, every month or so? Build colleges, educate our children, energy and health solutions may just follow don’t you think? Nah, just eat another burger while driving and talking on your coveted cell phone. I’ll will however, kick in your door when you swerve into my lane.
If Busch Gardens is for sale, who’s interested?
That is the headline in the Saint Petersburg Times on Thursday, November 20, 2008.
Anheuser-Busch’s theme parks, including Busch Gardens, likely would cost at least $3-billion.
Read the whole article here.
However, everything is still very hush hush.
Thanks to Mark Albright, Saint Petersburg Times Staff Writer