Another guest blogger. You can call me Chowda. Thank you to Insane for the opportunity.
Quick background and History- I'm a bartender and the bar manager at....a bar. It's taken me many years and even more barrels of alcohol to become 'okay' with staying in the restaurant business for over 20 years. I am a lifer. Actually, I've always been okay with it, it's just hard to explain it to outsiders with other jobs.
There is a woman that comes into my bar her name is Margo, but we'll call her Twinkles for legal reasons. About a year ago, she started coming in because she opened a business across the street. Seemed nice, but my craz-o-meter would scream when she was around. The girl could put down the liquor. I'm a drunk most of the time and she made me say 'damn'. A few weeks later, she comes in and sits at a table with some other regulars. She finishes her first glass of red wine and falls out of her chair flat on her face. Seriously, faceplant. She didn't even try to catch herself. I cut her off and tell the cocktail waitress to get her food and get her out. She refuses the food and the regulars help her outside. She flips out and starts screaming outside, then heads back to her store and trashes the inside of it until the cops arrive and take her away in cuffs. Freak.
Her Dad calls and threatens to sue for putting something in her drink. She's in her early 30s.
She gets the honor of 86. Usually, in my little hellhole we only 86 people for a while, because all the freaks come in on my days off, knowing that no one else in the place has a backbone.
So Margo, (oops I mean Twinkles) starts coming in again a few months ago, Always hiding in the corner behind regulars if I'm bartending. Whatever. She's entertaining as hell to me and I'm not liable if she kills someone. How so you ask? Well, let's just say she enjoys a little nip at work and keeps bottles stashed all over her store.
Friday she sits at the bar. I was getting a case of beer and she didn't know i was in house. The look on her face was priceless when I came around the corner. Cat and Canary all over again.
I go down to say 'hi'. Again she freaks out with "Oh really? You're going to talk to me after what you did?"
I was kinda lost here. I hadn't talked to her in over a year and really had nothing to do with kicking her out, but I'm often a scapegoat when it comes to kicking people out or cutting them off.
"Margo, I had nothing to do with you being kicked out."
"I WAS NOT KICKED OUT I LEFT ON MY OWN!"
I just laughed, "You couldn't even walk on your own."
"Oh really do you want me to call a manager over her? I'll have you fired. I am a business owner and you are just a bartender."
So many things I could have said about her daddy is the business owner (with no business sense) and she is barely a clerk, but instead I counter with, "Actually, I'm the bar manager of all of this." I said as I splayed my arm out towards the bar and up to heaven. "And I will get you another manager."
The only reason I got another manager is so they could enjoy this too. We all know she's nuts and I'm a giver. I like to share.
Before the second manager comes out, Twinkles daddy is at the bar yelling at me and #2. Did I mention that #2 is the owners daughter. Good times. She can be a real badger if you corner her. Daddy goes off on me and how I was rude and blah blah blah. If he doesn't apologize they will leave and never come back. blah blah blah.
Owner's daughter says (I could kiss her for this) "Sorry, he's the bar manager for a reason. I'm inclined to believe him, since we've had to escort your daughter out of here before. If he wants to apologize he can, but I'm not making him do it, so I wouldn't hold my breathe."
They storm out, hopefully to never be seen again.
Strangely, it was one of those interactions that made my night. I may be JUST a bartender in the outside world, but in my bar you're JUST another customer.