Where Did The Term Free Lunch Come From?
I was doing some research on the effect of illegal immigration on the American workforce and I found an interesting point.
I found that in the 19th century, cunning American saloon-owners offered free lunches to attract noontime clients. These free lunches either came with a condition that you bought a drink or not. The saloon-owners would make their "free" lunches high in salt.
What would happen, because of the salt content the diners would get thirsty and buy more expensive drinks, from this the expression, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch" was born.
The phrase “there’s no such thing as a free lunch" captures a profound and pervasive truth: everything has a price, an opportunity cost, a trade-off.
As the smart people know, products and services given "free" to individuals are paid for by someone else. Even when there is no one to assume the direct costs, society does bear that burden. Look at our federal deficit, it is now approaching 21 trillion dollars and that my friends is shameful.