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December 10, 2007

Too much change

One of my pet peeves with Baltimore bars is some of them don't round off their drink prices.

Club Charles is notorious for this.

Get a beer there, and it might come to something like $3.31.

Pay with a $5 and the bartender hands you a single and a fistful of coins.

And since you don't want to be the guy that tips the bartender in coins, you give him the single.

That means by the end of the night, you walk out of the place with pockets full of change.

And, if you're like me, when you pull your keys out of your pockets, change spills all over the sidewalk.

(Doug Kapustin/Sun Photographer)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 4:07 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


Yeah, I agree about the change thing (natch, being from taxless Oregon and all). But, I do have to say hope those aren't your car keys coming out of that pocket.

This guy has a self image problem if he can't leave the change instead of a bill. They see him coming!

If you must keep the change, drop it in the nearest Salvation Army bucket.

sort of confused... how exactly does wanting to leave a friendlier tip translate to having a self image problem?

not sure about the self image problem hard for me to deduce that from pocket change, hats off to you marylu, you'll go far as a shrink....
i recommend that you just put the change in a jar, and once a year, count it. i'll bet you find you have enough for a nice weekend vacation!


Salvation Army? This is Baltimore. We don't give donations ... WE TAKE THEM!

Next time just give 4 dollars and tell me to keep the change.

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