The Fifty-Cent Fix for the Air Force’s Broken $1,200 Coffee Cups

The story of how the Air Force found a fifty-cent fix for its broken $1,200+ coffee cups is one for the “you’ve got to be kidding me” section in the volumes of examples for how the U.S. government manages to waste such massive amounts of money each year.
That story begins in the summer of 2018 when Victoria Leoni of the Air Force Times broke the story that the Air Force had spent $32,000 to replace 25 coffee cups whose handles had broken.
When a mobility airman drops a cup of coffee aboard an aircraft, the Air Force can be out $1,220.

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