When Someone Else is Drinking on Your Tab
Yesterday, we posted about the Who's Buying? iPhone application, dedicated to helping you and your friends decide who should pick up a tab at the end of the night. This morning, we noticed an excellent post from Jeffrey Morgenthaler about what to do if you start a tab, and the bartender lets someone else charge drinks to it (in this case, the bartender was actually charging her friends' drinks to the person's tab, hoping they wouldn't notice).
He makes some excellent points, gives some great advice, and even writes a letter to the bartender in question (or more to the point, to the management of that particular bar). His open letter is included below, but definitely check out the full post for his advice and some excellent comments from his readers.
Dear Bartender I've Never Met:
Hey, dumbshit. Some of us are trying to make a career out of this. And you're fucking it up for the rest of us who actually take our jobs seriously. Did you really think it was okay to just throw a bunch of shit on my friend Kat's tab without checking with her first? Do you think that anyone else, in any other business in the world, would let that kind of shit slide?
Here's what advice I'm giving Kat: First, I've suggested that she never, ever set foot in your bar again. You're reckless, unsafe, and a disgrace to the profession. However, if she decides not to heed my advice and does happen to pop in for a drink, I'm recommending that she pays for each drink, with cash, each time. And when she does, I want you to know that she's only doing it because she doesn't trust you.
Good luck to both of you. My readers and I all know you're going to need it.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 17, 2009 8:20 AM