A new customer (meaning one that had not previously entered the bar...ever) walks into a bar. He walks up to the bartender and asks for a Captain and Coke. The bartender makes the drink, hands it to the customer and says, "that'll be 5.50 $." The customer then proceeds to pull out a five dollar bill from his wallet, and then reaches into his pocket where he finds 4 more one dollar bills. He hands over the 9 dollars and says thanks. There after he generally leaves 50 cents to 2 dollars on every drink he buys.
Another customer, a regular, walks up afterwards and asks for a Sex On The Beach drink. The bartender pours the ingredients in a glass, shakes it up and hands it over. "That'll be 5.50 $." The customer pulls out a 5 dollar bill and a one dollar bill and hands it over. The customer then proceeds to wait until the bartender gets his change which comes to 50 cents. He leaves no tip. There after he leaves a total of 2 dollars on the 6 drinks he buys throughout the evening.
Fast forward to later on in the evening. The bar is more crowded now and the bartender has 5-6 people looking at him, calling his name, and waiting for their chance to order a drink. The aforementioned regular has probably been waiting the longest, and he has been constantly grabbing at the bartenders elbow. The new customer walks up next to the regular, says nothing and patiently tries to make eye contact, just as the bartender comes up for breath and is looking for the next patron to serve.
What do you think the bartender did?
I served the new customer, and in the process I pissed off the regular. Like it or not, this is how bars work. I don't receive a paycheck from a 9 to 5. This is my real job, this is my paycheck... A bar is the real world. You don't just get shit handed to you because you just happen to show up everyday. Now on the other hand, I'll bend over backwards for good-tipping regulars. In many bars the high-tippers who frequent the joint are the backbone of the service industries take home money.
To conclude, of course I ended up serving the regular eventually. I don't turn people away because they never tip. Obviously I would lose my job if I did that. People will always get better treatment in restaurants when they tip well though. This is universal and it will never change. And honestly, it's not like the new customer was some amazing tipper, he just understood that a decent tip in the beginning and a few bucks here and there, go a loooonnnnng ways at a bar or restaurant.
You would be surprised at how many people have no idea how to tip, or even what "tipping" is. I want to say there's a direct correlation between how one tips and ones education level, but that's actually not true at all. I'll save that for another post though. Okay now we can get back to talking about my new found obsession with girls who hail from the former Soviet Union. Happy?