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December 4, 2007

I'll pay what I want to pay

Expensive tastes and cheap attitudes don't mix.

An unnamed Fells Point bar owner told me about a rather nasty patron from a few nights back.

This customer spent all night drinking imports and microbrews in the bar.

His check came to almost $80.

Only, he didn't feel like the beer was worth $80.

So this customer scratched out the prices he'd been charged on the check and wrote in what he felt he should pay.

The bartender was none too pleased, but the patron refused to pay the full price.

The bartender threatened to call the cops.

The patron thumbed his nose at him.

So the bartender did call the cops. ...

(Kenneth K. Lam/Sun Photographer) 

When the cops got there, the patron, angry (and probably drunk) threw his beer on the bartender!

The cops asked the bartender what he wanted to do. Arrest the guy? Take him downtown?

But the bartender, eager to wash his hands (and face) of the situation, just said throw him out.

What would you have done if you were the bartender? 

I'm not sure I would have been that nice to the customer at that point. 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:50 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


I just thought 80 bucks was too steep for microbrews! Can't a man haggle?

In the old days, we would have settled in with a vicious back alley beating. Now we have to go and call the cops. We are so litigious as a society. Where was the manager? The bouncers? The Batman? long as the bar got its money, it seems more in the spirit of, you know, being a bar to just throw him out. Not to imply that drunken behavior should be treated any differently.

try that @ Club Choices. See what happens.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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