Tbh the only drink i will pay for when out and about is alcohol. This takes out all the options of overpriced, coffee/tea/water/soft drink
So you'll pay £3.50 for the privilege of sitting in a nice place drinking something you enjoy, perhaps with company, enjoying a time out from your day.
Me too, except it's coffee not alcohol, and it was only £2.50
The value is not the substance itself, in either case.
Understanding of how society works FAIL
Car parking, just like roads and public transport, facilitates people travelling for commerce and work. Ie your local economy, from which you benefit both in terms of your own job (probably), your local environment (got any nice shops you like to go to?) and the council's tax take which then pays for your amenities.