I don't get why the keg deposit can be as low as 20 or 30 bucks when the replacement cost is at 4 times that. Charge $100 bucks for a deposit a see how many kegs go missing.
What have you ever rented that required you to put down the total replacement cost as a deposit? For many businesses that would drive off a significant portion of customers.
Very true. But....what have you ever rented where if you don't return the item you are only out your deposit? This isn't the 1950's anymore. Seriously....is there anyone out there that doesn't have a credit/debit card that can be used as a deposit? Who puts down a cash deposit for anything (hotel room, car rental, tool rental, etc..) anymore? Now if keg theft was truly a problem for breweries they can certainly charge a full replacement value as a deposit. In those states where the government mandates the price of keg deposits....I am sure Big Beer has enough political clout that they could get the law changed easily if they WANTED the law to change.