Rejoice: New York’s Servers No Longer Have to Ask Permission to Pour Your Water

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They've got water on tap.

The New York Times brings us the best bit of news we've heard all day, which is that "Subdivision (a) of Section 20-08 of Chapter 20 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York Governing and Restricting the Use and Supply of Water" is now on its way to repeal! Of course, everyone's been ignoring the sort-of-obsolete rule, which prohibited employees from pouring water to guests without first getting express permission, for decades now. But as word spreads that servers no longer need the green light to pour, it's clearly a whole new world out there: A customer at Wolfgangs Steakhouse in Times Square even tells the paper he got a glass of tap, automatically, after ordering a cocktail, no questions asked. Who knows, maybe the next rule in the books will require restaurants to cut down on confusing one-word euphemisms for pricey bottled water, like "sparkling," "still," and "glacial." [NYT]