It was a simple misunderstanding, but the reaction of the bartender was absolutely uncalled for. He declared his racial epithets with such passion and confidence that I can only assume he's either worked there for a very long time or is a relative of the owner. He was in his early to mid-twenties, blond hair, Caucasian.
My girlfriend had ordered a round on her credit card and he mentioned that there is a $30 minimum tab in order to do that. Now, I happen to work in the Credit Card Processing industry and I know for a fact that it is against their regulations to enforce a minimum purchase order. But I also know that it's not uncommon for businesses to do that so I normally let that stuff slide.
I went to the bar to see how close we were to our minimum order because I WAS GOING TO ORDER A ROUND OF SHOTS so we can all leave.
"How close are we to the minimum tab?" I asked.
"You're pretty close, it's no big deal." He replied with a shrug.
Based on that, I figured he was simply going to charge us the "pretty close to $30" order that we purchased. I chose not to get the round and we finished our drinks and tried to close out.
He then tries to give us a $30 bill for the four drinks we ordered. I raised an eyebrow and asked how much are domestic and imported beers?
"I told you there was a minimum order!" He shouted.
Now I'm thinking he's just trying to skim extra money off the top and I get upset. "First of all, you know that this minimum order is against V/MC regulations, right?"
And he flips his lid. "That's it! You know what?" He says. "The drinks are on me you f***ing monkey. Now get the f*** out of here before I knock your teeth in."
I look around to see if anyone else heard this horrid comment only to realize I'm the darkest person in a bar among some pretty scary looking dudes.
So I took my girlfriend and we left. I'm not even black. I'm a dark Sicilian. I've been called racist things before because of my complexion but never at a place of business and certainly not by an employee.
So if you want good flavored wings with a small dose of ignorance and bigotry, make sure you stop by The Kettle Black and let that bartender know what you think.
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