Over the past three years of working as a bartender, I’ve heard more than my fair share of inappropriate comments. Some comments, however, are more common than others. So I’ve rounded up a list of the top ten worst things I’ve experienced on a fairly regular basis.
1. “How about a smile there?”
Asking anyone to smile for you is unacceptable. But you can’t possibly expect me to work an eight-hour shift and continuously smile at every customer. Plus, it’s always men telling me to smile at the end of the shift when I’m at my crankiest. Take the hint guys, I just want to close up.
2. “Come here, hun.”
I’m not hun, sweetie, babyface or any other creepy or derogatory nickname you make up for me. So please stop.
3. “A beer please”
Erm, there are 10 different beers behind the bar. Could you be a little more specific? K thanks.
4. “What do you earn per hour? I’ll pay you to stay open later.”
First, that’s illegal. And second, no, I straight up don’t want to.
5. “I’m on their tab”
*Gestures arms somewhere*
They’d buy you a drink if they wanted to pay for you. And I don’t want to be blamed when this person looks at their hefty bill because of you.
6. *Waves money in your face wordlessly*
Wow, I’m so impressed that you have real money. I’ll serve you instantly from now on.
7. “Here’s some cash. Can you split the rest of the bill between five different credit cards?”
If this is you, PLEASE STOP. Why not run separate tabs? Do you know how difficult you’re making your bartender’s life when you run one tab with a group of friends that has to be split at the end?
8. “So, where’s your boyfriend?”
This has zero to do with you or my bartending job.
9. “Put some music on.”
This is often screamed across the bar. I am a bartender, not a DJ. I’d also be far more cooperative if customers asked me nicely or added a ‘please.’
10. “When can I see you on the other side of the bar?”
Never. And if I am on the other side of the bar, please don’t approach me.
Overall though, I am super thankful for the extra cash I’ve gotten from bartending, despite having my patience tested by customers.