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Bartender etiquette

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Bartender etiquette

Lizziefreshh | Oct 4, 2006 12:28 AM

I don't want to overreact to this situation but I found it a bit puzzling and I'm looking for other perspectives. I was at one of the newer, swankier Italian restaurants in town recently and ordered two $8 glasses of prosseco and paid with a $20. The bartender put my change, some bills and some coins, down on the bar right in front of him, far out of my reach. First odd thing: where are the coins coming from? Am I forgetting about tax? Now, this is a very deep bar where people regularly eat full meals, plus it was crowded, so I felt uncomfortable reaching through two parties who were eating and talking to get my change. I decided to wait a few minutes to see if there was a better time to snag the change and (obviously) leave the tip. Five minutes later, the money was gone and I cannot help but feel this was very rude and presumptuous of the bartender, and I feel somewhat taken advantage of. It is the principal of the thing, and I almost feel that there is a dishonest element to it. Am I being overly sensitive here? Outside opinions please.

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