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2013-03-15 12:50:28 AM

BarkingUnicorn: It's called the "service station."


While bartending on a slow night, I once put one of these signs up in the service area:

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com


...the kicker being, of course, that there wasn't another service window.

I'm easily amused.
/the wait staff was not
 
2013-03-15 12:52:20 AM

Silly Jesus: Mrtraveler01: Silly Jesus: Weaver95: Silly Jesus:

I wasn't aware that I was running for office...or, if I were, that I'd be asking for the vote of the worthless.

make sure that when you mistreat poor people that you do so openly.  because THAT will NEVER come back to haunt you later in life.  I'm also hoping that this imperial attitude of yours is common among senior GOP officials.  hey, it turned out great for the Romney campaign, right?  gotta figure that being insulting dick holes towards most of the voters in the country will work in 2016.

rock on man!  you keep right on being you.  I never want you to change!

I'm conservative now?  You're really smart.  You should be the one running for office.

And yes, I will always think that the worthless are worthless.  I'm glad that you are able to dismiss reality and allow your heart to bleed for them.  The scourge on society that they are.  Imagine the progress that we could make if fewer people were in the cart and more were pulling?  And if people like you didn't hand out step ladders for people to climb into the cart....

You would fit in quite well in Boca Raton.

I hate Florida.


What a coincidence, I hate YOU! :-D
 
2013-03-15 01:00:16 AM

BarkingUnicorn: ox45tallboy: I'd rather get 15% from a kind and courteous person than 20% from an asshole. (Okay, if the rent was due, I might be willing to take some abuse for a few extra bucks, but you know what I mean.)

Heh! Reminds me of a shirt I used to wear at strip clubs during the first week of a month:

[www.foulmouthshirts.com image 468x522]


wow, you really are a dick
 
2013-03-15 01:01:09 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: TopoGigo: I see no lemon. I see a lot of things, some of which may be wet and/or good, but no lemon.

Australian (maybe elsewhere as well?) slang for lesbian. :P


Huh. Learn something new every day, I guess.
 
2013-03-15 01:01:46 AM

TaterTot_HotDish: BarkingUnicorn: ox45tallboy: I'd rather get 15% from a kind and courteous person than 20% from an asshole. (Okay, if the rent was due, I might be willing to take some abuse for a few extra bucks, but you know what I mean.)

Heh! Reminds me of a shirt I used to wear at strip clubs during the first week of a month:

[www.foulmouthshirts.com image 468x522]

wow, you really are a dick


Well, he could have worn this instead...

www.abccustomprints.com
 
2013-03-15 01:10:22 AM

Lionel Mandrake: If he had simply not been an entitled, elitist dick...


But he's Mitt Romney.  What else could he be?
 
2013-03-15 01:14:35 AM

ox45tallboy: I'd rather get 15% from a kind and courteous person than 20% from an asshole. (Okay, if the rent was due, I might be willing to take some abuse for a few extra bucks, but you know what I mean.)


When I was delivering pizza, I had a formula for what I considered an acceptable tip. It started at $1 per box, but was modified by a lot of factors. No porch light? Add a buck. Driveway, sidewalk, stairs, etc. hard to navigate? Add a buck. You f*ck up and aren't home, or aren't watching your door, when I arrive? Add one to five dollars, depending on how hard I have to work to get you your food. Your house is on the extreme edge of the delivery area? Add two bucks. You're a remotely attractive girl who's willing to flirt with me and/or answer the door scantily clad? Subtract a couple of bucks. If you're flirty, hot, or naked enough, the tip's on me. You're extremely polite, answer the door immediately, have exact change in your hand, or generally are an easy customer to deal with, subtract a buck. If you're rude, start adding in the dollars.

I definitely had a few semi-regular customers who were rude as hell, but tipped extremely well. I considered it a fair business transaction; after all, I'm selling polite service in exchange for tips.

Interestingly enough, the ladies who made a habit of answering the door in only a barely-tied robe, a towel, an unbuttoned dress shirt and panties, or a white t-shirt and no bra tended to tip extremely well. I guess it was a thanks for allowing them to be exhibitionists in a safe environment, but I would have been happy enough without a tip for many of them. Delivery in a college town isn't IRL Cinemax or anything, but it definitely has its perks for a pervo like me.
 
2013-03-15 01:49:00 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-15 01:56:01 AM
pixel.nymag.com

My my farming unit 522213. Your output is astonishing.
 
2013-03-15 02:10:42 AM

Weaver95: "I handed him a diet Coke with lemon on it," Prouty told Huffington Post, "because I was told that that's what he drank. ... He took it and turned and didn't say anything. ... I presented him the exact right drink that he wanted ... Had it there, sitting there on a napkin. He took it out of my hand and turned his back without a 'thank you' or anything else. ... You can tell a lot about someone the way they take a drink from you. ... [Romney] took it and just turned his back."

yup.  it's the little things that tell you a lot about someone's character.


I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
 
2013-03-15 02:26:34 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: TopoGigo: I see no lemon. I see a lot of things, some of which may be wet and/or good, but no lemon.

Australian (maybe elsewhere as well?) slang for lesbian. :P


Is there a reasoning behind it?  Being compared to a lemon usually isn't very flattering.
 
2013-03-15 02:29:44 AM

Speaker2Animals: Parthenogenetic: But regardless, the LDS church forbids tea and coffee, not caffeine per se.  Caffeine use is not encouraged, perhaps, but it is not forbidden.

Typical hair-splitting religious gobbledegook. How this religion survived the translation of the Rosetta Stone is one of life's great mysteries -- right up there with why people making less than a million dollars ever vote Republican.


all religions are made up control structures supported by deluded followers.
all that is required is rules and people to enforce the rules. period.

Look at "mild drink" which was allowed original but is now banned.

/kill them all, let the lord god satan sort them out
 
2013-03-15 02:48:30 AM

ox45tallboy: BarkingUnicorn: It's called the "service station."

While bartending on a slow night, I once put one of these signs up in the service area:

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 160x47]

...the kicker being, of course, that there wasn't another service window.

I'm easily amused.
/the wait staff was not



I've seen several signs of the "STAFF ONLY" variety.  Saw one that was very effective:

IF YOU STAND HERE, YOU'LL NEVER GET A DRINK!
 
2013-03-15 02:49:51 AM

TaterTot_HotDish: BarkingUnicorn: ox45tallboy: I'd rather get 15% from a kind and courteous person than 20% from an asshole. (Okay, if the rent was due, I might be willing to take some abuse for a few extra bucks, but you know what I mean.)

Heh! Reminds me of a shirt I used to wear at strip clubs during the first week of a month:

[www.foulmouthshirts.com image 468x522]

wow, you really are a dick


Fool.  Strippers waste a lot of energy figuring out who has money and is ready to spend it.
 
2013-03-15 02:52:23 AM

AdolfOliverPanties: As much as his dad seemed to be a decent guy, one must wonder if he was an elitist asshole as a father, teaching Mitt to never address the help directly.


My father was a decent guy. My brother is a self-centered ass. You never know.
 
2013-03-15 02:56:46 AM
Not a huge fan of Romney but it's too bad he took so much crap for speaking the truth, even if the truth hurts.
 
2013-03-15 03:01:56 AM

TerminalEchoes: Not a huge fan of Romney but it's too bad he took so much crap for speaking the truth, even if the truth hurts.


The truth being that he was an elitist douchebag?
 
2013-03-15 03:40:46 AM

TerminalEchoes: Not a huge fan of Romney but it's too bad he took so much crap for speaking the truth, even if the truth hurts.


Hey look, everyone!  It's another person who thinks infants, retirees, and disabled veterans are nothing but mooching leechers.
 
2013-03-15 03:49:02 AM
So, now that they know who it was, I am expecting illegal wiretap charges will be brought, right?
 
2013-03-15 04:56:25 AM
This thread delivered.
 
2013-03-15 05:02:45 AM

Summercat: This thread delivered.


For the record, every single caption I did in this thread was an real, direct quote.

It's pretty sad when his actual words are worse than any silly caption I could come up with.
 
2013-03-15 05:15:19 AM

Silly Jesus: Well, he wasn't wrong.  A large percentage of the population is worthless...and that number is only growing.

A new Georgia State University study just confirmed what liberals love to deny...the welfare state is a democratic slave plantation.  Keep the checks a comin' and the votes a rollin in!


Stupid Demo-rats, trying to buy votes!  Not like me, no siree!  I vote REPUBLICAN, so I can get my TAX CUT!
 
2013-03-15 05:30:35 AM

ox45tallboy: Summercat: This thread delivered.

For the record, every single caption I did in this thread was an real, direct quote.

It's pretty sad when his actual words are worse than any silly caption I could come up with.


Oh, I knew. I read most of the Fark threads on the articles where he said that.

I did spend the time reading through the entire thread, though. And, well, it delivered entirely and wholly. I don't know.

Y'see...

I think there might be something to the Enlightened Self Interest deal. Of course, I generally feel it's in my own self interest to see my neighbors do well - a rising tide raises all boats, but the harbor isn't navigable to anyone if it's filled with wrecks of ships whose hulls weren't intact. If I want a navigable harbor of an economy, I have to make certain my neighbor's ships are seaworthy.

I guess it's a Socialistic Objectivism?
 
2013-03-15 05:39:33 AM

sugardave: TerminalEchoes: Not a huge fan of Romney but it's too bad he took so much crap for speaking the truth, even if the truth hurts.

Hey look, everyone!  It's another person who thinks infants, retirees, and disabled veterans are nothing but mooching leechers.



Now, now. He did preface his standard GOP talking point with "I'm no fan of Romney," so he can't be your average run of the mill shill. None of them have ever done the "I'm no fan of, but" routine. He's an independent. On Fark. A "Fark Independent" if you will.
 
2013-03-15 05:56:06 AM
Funny.  In an earlier post about this dude comming out with his identity I was going to comment that Mitt probably stiffed him on a complimentary Diet Coke and pissed him off.  Then I decided not to because I thought it was more stupid than snarky.  I had no idea how close to the truth my abandoned attempt at a joke was.  I guess as a non-drinker all his life and never having to had to work in comercial food service, Mitt never was taught the lesson that you always take care of your bartender.
 
2013-03-15 05:57:07 AM

RexTalionis: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke

[asweetlife.org.s148351.gridserver.com.s148351.gridserver.com image 183x203]


Apparently they decided it was only coffee they rejected when the church figured out they had stock in coca-cola.
 
2013-03-15 06:34:58 AM
Silly Jesus:
And yes, I will always think that the worthless are worthless.  I'm glad that you are able to dismiss reality and allow your heart to bleed for them.  The scourge on society that they are.  Imagine the progress that we could make if fewer people were in the cart and more were pulling?  And if people like you didn't hand out step ladders for people to climb into the cart....

Yes! Think of the trial of dead and destitute we could leave lying behind our cart. It would be glorious. I mean, seriously, fark them!


MrHappyRotter: Yes, let's hate on Romney a little more for being wealthier, better and more successful that most of us can ever dream of being.  Did you thank your safe for doing its job of keeping all your valuables safe from the house keepers while you were away golfing this morning?  Did you thank the brakes on your Ferrari for working like they're supposed to when your lousy chauffeur drove you to dinner this evening?  Exactly.  Why would you ever thank a lowly bartender for doing what he's supposed to do?


Just out of curiosity, what makes the bartender "lowly"?
 
2013-03-15 07:22:03 AM
The best part is CPAC is still trumpeting the makers vs. takers theme.
 
2013-03-15 07:40:08 AM

Weaver95: Cletus C.: You sir, will never work at my fundraiser, thank you very much.

Discretion is the first tenet of good help.

you know, generally speaking I go out of my way to show the wait staff common courtesy and basic polite behavior.  if nothing else it prevents them from spitting in my food.  of course, if YOU want to be jerks to the people who serve you that's your call.  spittle and stale bread really spice up that expensive steak dinner, or so i'm told.



d4.img.v4.skyrock.net
We cook your meals, we tend your bars, we blow your chances at the presidency ....
 
2013-03-15 07:55:06 AM

Weaver95: Silly Jesus:

A tiny percentage of people should pay all of the taxes.  Yay progress!

well, they DO have 40% of all the money ever made...stands to reason that they should pay taxes proportional to that vast reserve of wealth.


This is the interesting thing about people like SJ. They view taxes as a burden on individuals, economic or liberty, etc, rather than simply portions of money moving in the economy. They also do not understand that an individual's right to ownership of anything is given and secured for them by the very institutions...taxes...and government....that they aspire to get rid of.

For the record,my total federal tax burden -- after heavy deductions -- is nearly 30K a year. And I still think the federal progressive tax is a good idea.
 
2013-03-15 07:56:45 AM

HotWingConspiracy: The best part is CPAC is still trumpeting the makers vs. takers theme.


Yep... The GOP has learned nothing.
 
2013-03-15 08:11:35 AM

Silly Jesus: Loving societal and evolutionary rejects is an odd hobby.


Social darwinism?

Dude, that is so 1940s.
 
2013-03-15 08:32:38 AM
Aphrodite what an asshole.
 
2013-03-15 08:33:10 AM

ox45tallboy: How we wound up with the cheerleader instead of the football player I'll never quite understand.


www.rawstory.com

"I didn't get where I am today through some grotty little ballot box."
 
2013-03-15 08:57:29 AM

ox45tallboy: Summercat: This thread delivered.

For the record, every single caption I did in this thread was an real, direct quote.

It's pretty sad when his actual words are worse than any silly caption I could come up with.


And thank you for all those.
 
2013-03-15 09:06:45 AM

sugardave: TerminalEchoes: Not a huge fan of Romney but it's too bad he took so much crap for speaking the truth, even if the truth hurts.

Hey look, everyone!  It's another person who thinks infants, retirees, and disabled veterans are nothing but mooching leechers.


Niiiiice. Great job cherry-picking your examples, moran.
 
2013-03-15 09:16:32 AM
Look, all arguing aside about politics, the lesson to be learned here is one person can change the course of your life, positively or negatively. Also, common courtesy goes a long way. Had Romney taken a second to simply make eye contact and say "thank you", the bartender would not have been filming his second encounter with Mitt, and he may have very well won the presidency. I've always felt that people should have to work retail and food service once in their lives, it really teaches you a lot about how to interact with people, and you can tell the ones that haven't had that experience.

I also trust Obama to know the plight of the struggling American because he's been there. Being broke and having to decide between gas for the car to get to work, or buying milk, gives you a better framework for being grateful for what you have when the struggling times are over.
 
2013-03-15 09:18:24 AM
Silly Jesus: Well, he wasn't wrong.  A large percentage of the population is worthless...and that number is only growing.

A new Georgia State University study just confirmed what liberals love to deny...the welfare state is a democratic slave plantation.  Keep the checks a comin' and the votes a rollin in!


So, does Silly Jesus think all black people worthless, or just the ones that get welfare payments?
 
2013-03-15 09:27:20 AM
And as far as welfare and food stamps go, well I'm ok with helping people out. I'd rather we all pitch in for the few that can't or won't work than worry about a shiatload of starving and desperate people roaming around and what they would do to feed themselves or their children. You can't tell me you wouldn't become a criminal to keep your kids fed if there was no other way.

I think there is an idea out there about the typical person on assistance. Maybe they should bring back the soup kitchens of the Great Depression because then everyone would see what people on assistance look like.

My ex and I were both working full time and after paying our $550 in rent plus utilities, we couldn't even afford shopping at Aldis but we made too much at minimum wage to qualify for assistance. Had my parents not fed us I don't know what we would have done. It was just one rough year and within 3 years we had recovered enough and moved up enough in pay that we could afford a new 180k home. Not everyone making a low wage is a loser or a deadbeat, and it didn't make us lazy to have my parents feeding us, it actually motivated us more to do better.
 
2013-03-15 09:28:45 AM

TerminalEchoes: sugardave: TerminalEchoes: Not a huge fan of Romney but it's too bad he took so much crap for speaking the truth, even if the truth hurts.

Hey look, everyone!  It's another person who thinks infants, retirees, and disabled veterans are nothing but mooching leechers.

Niiiiice. Great job cherry-picking your examples, moran.


Okay, here's what you say is "the truth:"

"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

So, who do you think are the 47% of Americans who...

* are dependent on government
* believe they are victims
* pay no income tax
* don't take personal responsibility or care for their lives?

Difficulty: not just those who pay no income tax - all 4 items.
 
2013-03-15 09:34:17 AM

ocd002: Look, all arguing aside about politics, the lesson to be learned here is one person can change the course of your life, positively or negatively. Also, common courtesy goes a long way. Had Romney taken a second to simply make eye contact and say "thank you", the bartender would not have been filming his second encounter with Mitt, and he may have very well won the presidency. I've always felt that people should have to work retail and food service once in their lives, it really teaches you a lot about how to interact with people, and you can tell the ones that haven't had that experience.

I also trust Obama to know the plight of the struggling American because he's been there. Being broke and having to decide between gas for the car to get to work, or buying milk, gives you a better framework for being grateful for what you have when the struggling times are over.


Hey, Mitt & Ann had it rough, too.

They were not easy years. You have to understand, I was raised in a lovely neighborhood, as was Mitt, and at BYU, we moved into a $62-a-month basement apartment with a cement floor and lived there two years as students with no income. It was tiny. And I didn't have money to carpet the floor. But you can get remnants, samples, so I glued them together, all different colors. It looked awful, but it was carpeting.We were happy, studying hard. Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time. The stock came from Mitt's father. When he took over American Motors, the stock was worth nothing. But he invested Mitt's birthday money year to year-it wasn't much, a few thousand, but he put it into American Motors because he believed in himself. Five years later, stock that had been $6 a share was $96 and Mitt cashed it so we could live and pay for education.Mitt and I walked to class together, shared housekeeping, had a lot of pasta and tuna fish and learned hard lessons.http://www.samefacts.com/2012/01/income-distribution/mitt-ro mney-and-a nn-the-students-struggling-so-much-that-they-had-to-sell-stock/
That stock (valued at $377,000 in today's dollars) is all they had.


Those poor kids.
 
2013-03-15 09:38:28 AM

TerminalEchoes: sugardave: TerminalEchoes: Not a huge fan of Romney but it's too bad he took so much crap for speaking the truth, even if the truth hurts.

Hey look, everyone!  It's another person who thinks infants, retirees, and disabled veterans are nothing but mooching leechers.

Niiiiice. Great job cherry-picking your examples, moran.


Those "cherry-picked examples" are about 3/4 of your 47%, moran.
 
2013-03-15 09:38:47 AM

TerminalEchoes: sugardave: TerminalEchoes: Not a huge fan of Romney but it's too bad he took so much crap for speaking the truth, even if the truth hurts.

Hey look, everyone!  It's another person who thinks infants, retirees, and disabled veterans are nothing but mooching leechers.

Niiiiice. Great job cherry-picking your examples, moran.


Oh Great-Name-Caller, please enlighten me who makes up the 47% percent, then?  If the 47% doesn't contain ANY of the groups I mentioned, there must be vast, densely-packed swaths of these leeches that somehow evade detection.  But you know where they all are?  Let us know so we can see them in their mooching glory!
 
2013-03-15 09:59:34 AM
Clean food, please.
 
2013-03-15 10:05:05 AM

gadian: I've been faced with a connundrum in the past.  As I was raised in the south with a stereotypical southern grandmother, I say "thank you" any time anyone does something nice for me.  Like when I'm at an event and someone with a tray happens by with drinks on it and allows me to take one or if someone just hands me a drink.  I've been reprimanded by peers and employers for doing so.  Apparently the people who work these sorts of thing are hired help who, professionally, wish to be invisible.  Saying "Thank you" embarrasses them or breaks the professional wall or breach of contract with the catering company, what have you.

I still think it's right to say thank you, but I wouldn't want to do so if the paid ninjas would be offended by me doing so.


As someone who's been to these events on both sides of the tray, that is just weird that people would tell you not to address those folks. I strongly dislike being ignored when I am in a serving position, and I would NEVER take something from a server without saying thank you. EVER.  wtf.
 
2013-03-15 10:09:33 AM

freetomato: BarkingUnicorn: At least Romney didn't break the bartender's finger like this asshole did to his waiter.

At the classy place I worked, I had some jerk elbow me in the kidney hard as I loaded a tray of drinks because I had the audacity to have an edge on my voice the 6th farking time I had to ask him to move away from the brass rails at the bar. I didn't spill a drop, which was probably his intent. I did, however call the manager amd would have pressed charges had he not dashed out like the cowardly weasel he was. Nouveau rich dickhead.


See, this is why you are a better person than I am, because I would have slugged him.  Not saying that would have been the right thing to do.
 
2013-03-15 12:55:42 PM

eraser8: Silly Jesus: The opposition to it was just some libby lib saying "NUH UH!"

Thanks for the link...but, I found the study on my own.  And, reading through it, I have to agree with the people who find the abstract unconvincing.

If there's an important claim in the study, it's this:  In some cases, the cost of earning an additional $100 of income is a loss of benefits double that amount (Figure 3a, section E).

That claim seems undeniably true.  But, it doesn't actually support your argument that people who use government assistance are "worthless" or "parasites."

Instead, the study seems to show that government assistance programs are poorly designed.  And, quite frankly, a lot of that poor design has to do with right wingnut interference.

A person should NEVER be penalized for earning more money.  That is, every extra dollar earned should be worth more than relying on government to provide a service.  But, under systems heavily influenced by Republican thinking, the opposite happens.  In fact, the Republican ransom for keeping people out of poverty seems to be a system in which people are condemned to poverty.

The problem isn't government assistance.  The problem is that government assistance has had to accommodate Republican "thinking."  The disaster has been "conservative" ideology.

Take Medicaid for example.  A poor mother is going to avoid making more money if an increase in income means that her child will lack medical care because her wages are too high to qualify for government assistance and too low to pay for the doctors and medications needed to keep her child alive.  The liberal position is to give the mother support for much longer.  The conservative position is to let the kid die.

That's tragic and stupid.


I have maybe 5 people favorited.

This is why you are one of them.

/reading the actual study?
//what a concept
 
2013-03-15 08:39:34 PM

Weaver95: GAT_00: It would have never occurred to Mitt Romney to say thank you to a bartender.

nope.  little people don't matter.  only the rich elites matter, at least to the GOP insiders anyways.  the fact that being openly contemptuous of damn near everyone in the united states might cost them the election simply never occurred to Romney.  little people mean nothing.  they're 'little people' for a reason.


And ultimately it's the little peoples fault.  Sincerely.  If that bartender had said something about it loudly and forcefully, to Romney, it might have made a difference to Romney's behavior next time.

It's the lesson of the "ants vs the grasshoppers'.

/certainly everyone has seen "Bugs Life"
 
2013-03-15 09:51:47 PM

Frederick: Sincerely. If that bartender had said something about it loudly and forcefully, to Romney, it might have made a difference to Romney's behavior next time.


You know, that's probably true. But think about what a difference it would have made to the bartender's life as well.

Bartender jobs aren't as easy to come by as you might think; most places have people "work up" to that position after cocktailing or waiting tables for sh*t pay for a few months or even years, and they give the really good shifts (the kind that allow you to actually make a halfway decent living above the poverty line) to the people that have the shown the most loyalty by working there for the longest.

If you've ever seen the movie Waiting, there is a scene where Justin Long's character confronts an ignorant redneck about a really crappy tip. He gets yelled at by the boss. I did the same thing once to a lady that had ran me, not because she left me $1.45 on a $60+ check, but because as she was leaving, she told her lady friends she was out to dinner with (two of whom she had picked up the check for) that she had "take good care of [me]",

I followed her out to her car and confronted her. One of the ladies handed me $5, which I took so that that lady wouldn't feel bad.

I got a day off, but pretty much most of the other servers would have been fired to set an example. I was lucky because they were hurting for competent servers at the time.

Do you not think that a phone call from a campaign, considering how much money was spent there by campaign staff and others hoping to meet the candidate, might have had severe repercussions for the bartender, had he confronted Romney? This is why most wait staff won't confront people that treat them like sh*t, and why so many people treat the staff like sh*t to begin with.
 
2013-03-15 10:27:56 PM

ox45tallboy: Frederick: Sincerely. If that bartender had said something about it loudly and forcefully, to Romney, it might have made a difference to Romney's behavior next time.

You know, that's probably true. But think about what a difference it would have made to the bartender's life as well.

Bartender jobs aren't as easy to come by as you might think; most places have people "work up" to that position after cocktailing or waiting tables for sh*t pay for a few months or even years, and they give the really good shifts (the kind that allow you to actually make a halfway decent living above the poverty line) to the people that have the shown the most loyalty by working there for the longest.

If you've ever seen the movie Waiting, there is a scene where Justin Long's character confronts an ignorant redneck about a really crappy tip. He gets yelled at by the boss. I did the same thing once to a lady that had ran me, not because she left me $1.45 on a $60+ check, but because as she was leaving, she told her lady friends she was out to dinner with (two of whom she had picked up the check for) that she had "take good care of [me]",

I followed her out to her car and confronted her. One of the ladies handed me $5, which I took so that that lady wouldn't feel bad.

I got a day off, but pretty much most of the other servers would have been fired to set an example. I was lucky because they were hurting for competent servers at the time.

Do you not think that a phone call from a campaign, considering how much money was spent there by campaign staff and others hoping to meet the candidate, might have had severe repercussions for the bartender, had he confronted Romney? This is why most wait staff won't confront people that treat them like sh*t, and why so many people treat the staff like sh*t to begin with.


Oh, I agree -there would have been consequences.  But still; the ants have got to stand up to the grasshopper sometime.  Maybe this ant would have been squished -but enough ants and the grasshopper gets his.

The ants (us little people if I'm not making myself clear) at some point have to take responsibility for getting shiat on.
 
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