Drinking The Tears Of Sadness

| UK | Bizarre, Food & Drink

(I work behind the bar at a concert of a [popular band]. It’s a big event, but the bar isn’t as busy as we feared, just a bit understocked. Towards the end of the show, Customer #1 comes asking for a drink.)

Me: “No problem. Will that be everything for you?”

Customer#1: “Yes, thank you. Do you accept card?”

Me: “Sorry, not tonight. But there is a cash machine outside the hall, just by the entrance.”

Customer#1: “Okay, then. I’ll go get the cash and you get that drink poured in the meantime.”

(She goes off to the lobby, so I turn to serve another person.)

Customer #2: “Hiya, I’ll have [the same drink as Customer #1].”

Me: “Sure, let me just get it for you.”

(I notice that it’s our last can of that particular beverage. After I’ve served it, Customer #1 comes back.)

Me: “Hello again. I’m terribly sorry, but it looks like we’ve just run out of [drink]. I apologize for the misinformation. Perhaps I can offer you a different drink?”

(The [popular band] starts playing another song. Customer #1 is silent for a moment or two and then she bursts into tears, unable to say a word, just standing there and trying to get herself together.)

Me: “Are you all right, ma’am?”

Customer#1: “Yes, just…” *keeps crying*

Me: “…Are you sure?”

Customer#1: *in tears* “It’s okay. Just a [different drink], please. Oh, my goodness.”

(By this point I wasn’t sure whether it was the drink, the song, or something else entirely that caused that outburst. She didn’t say another word, paid quietly, and left without her change, leaving me a generous tip. I’m confused to this day.)

Don’t Be Too Over-Beer-ing

| Helena, MT, USA | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

(It’s a cold night, and the bar is pretty empty as people have been advised to stay inside. One customer is at the bar, and it appears he’s been there for some time.)

Customer: “I’ll take a scotch, a beer, and a shot of gin!”

Bartender: “Um… how about we just start with the beer?”

Customer: “How about you start to shut up?”

Bartender: “If you can’t act straight, you ain’t gettin’ served.”

Customer: “Start with the beer.”

Bartender: “Okay, thank you, sir.”

They Will Be So Low When They See What Happens Next

| CT, USA | Bad Behavior, Criminal & Illegal, Underaged

(I’m checking IDs. A group of about five boys approach me.)

Me: “IDs, guys?”

(Customer #1 hands me his credit card instead of his ID.)

Me: “…This isn’t an ID.”

Customer #1: “Oh, right, sorry.” *he turns to his friends* “S***, bro, I’m sooooo high right now.”