No Longer Being Paid To Be Nice

| Brighton, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink, Theme Of The Month, Top

Me: “It’s 10.50 pm, so last orders, please!”

(Ten minutes later:)

Me: “It’s 11.00 pm. That’s time at the bar now!”

(I go about closing the bar, cleaning, sweeping, taking out the trash and cashing up. Four customers who’ve been chatting for several hours over one and a half beers and lots of glasses of tap water ignore me as I clean around them and tell them that I need to take their glasses.)

Me: “It’s 11.45 pm. Come on. Everyone’s gone, the bar is shut, and I’m not being paid to be here any more. Will you please just go?”

Customer: “I can’t believe how rude you’re being! Let me talk to your manager!”

(They explain how rude I was when I asked them to leave and how I had claimed that I wasn’t being paid to be polite to them now.)

Manager: “He’s right. We’ve been closed for nearly an hour and none of us are being paid to be here now. So get out!”

(I thought I might have overstepped the mark but it’s good to know your manager’s got your back!)

Avoiding Spring Bathroom Break

| Fairfield, CT, USA | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink, Liars & Scammers

(I work at a bar near the beach. It’s usually a popular spot, especially when Spring Break comes around. A trio of college students comes in ordering the Spring Break special, which is where you get pitchers of beer for $1 each until you take a bathroom break, after which it becomes regular price. Our bathrooms do not have any windows and are guarded by two security guards who stamp every patron who leaves the bathroom so management can keep track of everyone. Two of the college students used the bathroom but the third person continues to keep drinking without using the bathroom. After over 60 minutes of drinking he orders another pitcher.)

Customer: *inebriated* “Yo, bro. Another pitcher, please!”

Me: “Right away, sir. It’s amazing that you keep going like this.”

Customer: “Yes, all this drinking is making me thirsty.”

(The people nearby, including the manager, laugh when he says that. The manager decides to step in.)

Manager: “Sir, if you don’t mind me asking, what is your secret? I mean everyone I’ve seen usually goes to the bathroom after 30 minutes of drinking but you haven’t visited the bathroom once. How do you do it?”

Customer: “All right, I’ll show you.”

(The man proceeded to lower his pants and reveal he was wearing an adult diaper. It was soggy looking and yellow like popcorn butter. The manager was so shocked and disgusted by this he took out his cell phone, took a picture of the guy, then whistled for one of the security guards to have the guy escorted from the bar. He then ordered the other two patrons to pay for the difference since they ‘cheated.’ Scared by the security guards, they paid and left me a nice tip!)

Read Your Food For Thoughts

| Somerset, England, UK | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Food & Drink, Geeks Rule

(I work Saturdays at a local pub and it tends to be a very quiet shift. The chef comes up to the bar to check the evening’s reservations just as a customer is ordering.)

Customer: “Can I have the ham and tomato baguette, but no tomato?”

(I look to the chef and he nods.)

Me: “Certainly.” *hits button for ham and tomato baguette* “What table was that?”

Customer: “Table six.”

(The chef leaves, giving me a thumbs up so I know he knows what to do.)

Me: “Okay that’s [price].”

Customer: *handing over the money* “Don’t you have to write a note?”

Me: “A note?”

Customer: “On the till, don’t you have to write a note letting the chef know?”

Me: *hands them their change* “No, he already knows.”

Customer: “How? Is he psychic?”

Me: “He was the guy that was just up here. He heard you.”

Customer: *walking away, muttering* “More fun when I thought he was psychic.”