SeatSaver: The Future of Bar Coasters?
You wouldn't believe the number of emails we get from people who think they have revolutionized drinking as we know it. Usually, what they've done is A) a slightly different take on something that exists already without making it any more useful, B) invented something that makes a simple process more complicated, or C) it's just plain stupid. There are, however, occasionally ideas that make us rub our chins and say "Hey, that's not a bad idea."
The SeatSaver is just such a thing. What is it? Well, it's basically a coaster with a hole in it (see A above, but with a use). But what do you gain by losing that little button of paper from your coaster? You get a multi-use coaster that lets you cover your drink or hang it off your bottle if you leave your seat. Just think of how many times you've had to ask for your seat back after a trip to the jukebox, or return from the pisser only to find the barback has dumped your half-full bottle of brew. Assuming everyone plays by the rules of engagement with these things, that's all a thing of the past. And that might just happen too - these guys have inked deals with all kinds of big distributors, so keep an eye out for them in a bar near you.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 20, 2008 7:39 AM
I've always known the napkin on the top of a drink as a sign that one is pretty much waving the white flag, giving up and going home, especially with the older customers.
I've always considered it a standard that a bar napkin laid over your drink says "Don't Take this Drink (bartender) or this seat (Dickhead)."
If people don't respect the napkin, will they respect this?
Also do you really want to put a dirty coaster that's been on the bar on the lip of your glass?
We get the concept, but this is pretty unsanitary and from a bartender's perspective, this would signal a finished drink, not one to keep on the bar. Think flatware and napkin on the plate when you've finished eating ... if you care enough, have someone you trust watch your drink or wait until you finish it to leave it alone. It's manners we need to change, not our drinks.