The cashier in the cafeteria near my office got very upset with me today. Here's a transcript of our interaction:
Me: "Hi. I brought my own bagel, but I used some of your butter. And I have a coffee and some bacon." Nod toward my plate and travel mug.
Cashier: "Okay. So, just the bacon and a refill?"
Me: "Yes. Well, it's not a refill. I didn't get any coffee yet today. "
Cashier: "Okay." Rings up the bacon.
Me: Noticing that the total is only $1.13. "Don't forget the coffee."
Cashier: "Ugh." Rolls her eyes and does some weird thing with her shoulders. "I just asked you if you got a refill and you said no."
Me: Mumble incoherently, pay and walk away.
Woman in other cashier's line: "I have a coffee and a donut."
Other cashier: "A refill and a donut?"
Woman in other cashier's line: "Huh?"
Other cashier: "A refill means you brought your own cup."
I'm pretty sure that the word "refill" implies that you've already filled the cup once. Perhaps something like "hey-you-brought-your-own-mug fill" might clear up the confusion.
P.S. I'm really slacking on the posts here...I've decided to blog about Stephen Jay Gould essays for a while to keep me reading and writing about paleo/evolution. I promise a post on that note soon.