Bartender here. Local bar. Two young girls walked in today. They were both on their phones, so I patiently waited for them to get off their phones; Didn't want to interrupt their conversation.
They ordered their drinks. "Absolutely. Do you happen to have your ID's on you?"
One of the girls started going on about "Do I look THAT young? I'm 26. Blahblahblahblah." Then she pulled out her ID. She was 26.
The other girl, however, didn't have her ID. It was in her car, she said. They took the other girl's car.
They were going on about how they didn't expect to get carded. We went back and forth for a minute; I asked why they would even go to a bar without their ID's. I assured them that it was a compliment.
Here's the bombshell.
"I understand that you're complimenting us, but bringing our ID's and presenting them at a bar is an inconvenience. You are inconveniencing me."
Not presenting your ID to me and putting up a fight when I ask is an inconvenience.
I was still standing there and one girl said to the other, "I know another place. Let's go."
They got up and left. I shrugged it off. About 20 minutes later, they came back and sat in the same spot. The second they sat down, I was in the process of making a drink. Not really a drink--It was water. I put the ice in the cup, and right as they sat the one just piped up, "I need a Grey Goose. No ice. NO. I SAID NO ICE."
I looked over, said "I'll be right with you," poured the water and delivered it to the table. My coworker tried to serve them, but they specified that they wanted ME.
Two shots each. When they cashed out their $22 tab, they wrote $22 in the tip line. But they also wrote $22 as the total. So I took it as two young women that don't know how to act towards others or sign a receipt. It was a loss, but whatever. I deserved it--I carded them.
I just don't understand why people put up a huge fuss when they get carded. I'm sure some of you have had people blame you for them not having their ID's. What do you say to them?
I mostly work closing shifts in a bar and even though we stay open until at least 3 am I get those groups almost every fucking time. And then the dance begins:
A group comes in, seeing clearly that we're cleaning up. They just try to order anyway. I inform them politely that we're closed. And then proceed to have the same conversation as every other night.
But we only want [insert drink here] - no, we're closed
We can drink it quickly. - no, we're closed
There are still people drinking stuff here. - they ordered when we made last call. now we're closed
You could just give us something. - no, we're closed. and if I give you something everybody expects to be served again as well, so no
But we will tip you! - gosh, thanks, but we're closed
Tip you very well - your "very well" probably doesn't match my "very well", but it doesn't matter anyway, we're closed now
We work at a bar too, we know you want to finish up, but please make an exception... - hell's no. if you really worked in a bar you would have left five minutes ago when I first told you we were closed
But my favourites are people who I ask if they want a last drink (they decline), then watch me clean and disinfect the counter and taps for half an hour (a lot of soap, scrubbing and water is involved) and then get pissed off when I tell them that I won't dirty everything again for their one tapped beer.