2013-07-05 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

Bar Etiquette
by Beth Hanning

“Slice of Life Topic: bar etiquette for teachers on the last day of school.” That was the message I received at 1:50 p.m. on the last day of school. Now remember I am a teacher, and this article, of course, does not refer to all teachers.

In the bar and restaurant business all workers hate working teacher events or waiting on a table of teachers. My younger daughter begged the manager of the restaurant that she works in to give her the day off on that infamous last day of school. Megan was appalled last year by how rude so many of the teachers were to her. They seem to forget that school is over and you are not talking to your students. You are talking to a young kid trying to make some extra spending money and working hard for it. Also many of the waitresses and waiters are working their SECOND job.

Why don’t teachers tip? Or tip well? Of course, like all professions I think we should make more money, but we make a decent salary. For those of you who do not know, many bar and restaurants do not pay their staff.

They work off tips. One table of teachers left twenty cents to their waitress last Wednesday. If there was trouble with the service speak to a manager. “According to travelsense.org,” standard restaurant tips are 15 percent. If the service is very good give between 18-20 percent.

Now the following list does not only apply to teachers but everyone. Just in case you do not know:

1. DO not snap your fingers at a wait staff person or try to get their attention in a rude manner. Say excuse me. They will get to you.

2. Do not wave or bang your empty cup. Again say excuse me and you will get taken care of soon.

3. “Do not pool your money with a pile assassin.” Many times in the bar people will group their money together. Local bartender Pat Brady says that many times generous people leave and the “pile assassin” stays and drinks the pile dry. Also, do not ask the bartender to put $20 behind the bar. You need to have at least $40 for them to put it behind the bar.

4. Do not ask for a strong Malibu bay breeze. According to all of the bartenders I interviewed this weekend, it is impossible to make that drink strong. There are too many juices.

5. When the bar is very crowded, be ready to pay. The bartender is running around and very busy. When he returns with your drinks, he does not have time to wait for you to open your bag, get out your wallet and look for your money.

6. Separate checks. Now I have not waitressed using new computers, so maybe it is easier, but when I worked, it was a pain in the neck to separate checks. (On the last day of school, there was a huge table with 25 people and they were asking for separate checks).

7. Do not text while someone is waiting to take your order. It is so rude. Put your phone away.

Happy 4th of July everyone.

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