“I was a bartender at a popular sports bar. It is not uncommon for us
to have a bar full of patrons to stay for the whole game and run big
One football Sunday I had 2 guys that came in before the noon game and
stayed until the night game was over. They bought food, drinks, shots
for ladies they hit on, dessert, you name it, they bought it and rang
up a tab of close to $300.
That year I also ran a pick-em league, where patrons picked winners
for the following week’s games and they could win $500 gift
certificates, cases of beer, etc.
Soon after the last game was over, I looked over to where they were
sitting, and they were nowhere to be found. We checked the bathrooms, the
patio…they were gone.
My fellow bartender looed at me and said, ”Did they just dine and
dash?” This was extremely rare at our restaurant.
I realized that one of the guys filled out next week’s picks on a
sheet by their tab, complete with three phone numbers, addresses, email
addresses, and the best time to call if he had won a prize.
So I called ‘Bob’ who claimed that he was never at my bar/restaurant
that day and that I must have been mistaken. He wanted to know how I
got his number, and said that he would call the police for harassment.
I then explained to him that he couldn’t enter the contest without
settling his tab.
Not even 10 minutes later, ‘Bob’ showed up, paid his tab in full, and left
a 30% tip.
-Originally Appeared on stuckserving.com
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