Bartenders Are Sharing The Strangest Things They've Overheard From Customers

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Bartenders have the incredible ability to not only make great drinks, but spark fun and interesting conversations with customers. They make drinks for countless people each week, but some customer stories really stand out. u/xXSlimi_Gacha009 asked: "Bartenders of reddit, what was the weirdest/craziest thing you have overheard while making someone's drink?" and their answers had us closing out the tab.

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    829 VOTES

    A Favorite Regular

    From Reddit user u/Liquid_Chef:

    My favorite regular - like came in every day - was a retired anesthesiologist who also opened & sold a practice. He was legit rich. He was also in his late 60’s & ugly as sin. He spent a lot of time in Europe. He literally went every month & spent crazy money taking people on vacations / gifts etc. one day he brought in 3 jewelry boxes with bracelets in each. One Sapphire, one Emerald & a Diamond Tennis bracelet. He asked me to pick out which to give to whom I went ahead & helped. Now he always drank 2 IPA drafts & never ever left a tip - literally not once. That day, I didn’t notice him leave after he squared his tab, it was kinda busy. He left the Emerald bracelet box on top of his bill & he wrote - “For always listening without judgement, thanks for the last tip, here’s yours”. He passed away on his trip, he had pancreatic cancer & didn’t tell anyone. I went to his funeral services wearing the bracelet. I’ve not worn it since but I have it & the bill in my “treasure” box in my closet. I had it appraised, it wasn’t that expensive which made me laugh my *ss of. I miss you Dennis, I hope you’re at peace.

    829 votes
  • 2
    527 VOTES

    Watching A Couple Break Up

    From Reddit user u/sxeoompaloompa:

    My most awkward to this day though was a couple who literally followed me from one bar to the next when I changed jobs, and then asked me to watch their dog for a sec while they went outside....turns out they were breaking up after 10 years together. I still saw them each after that, but never on the same day. Like they decided ahead of time who got me when.

    Reddit user u/JellyUniverse replied:

    “My ex said its my turn to go to the bar now."

    527 votes
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    577 VOTES

    'Ruining' A Pair Of Pants

    From Reddit user u/black_eyed_bees:

    Had a customer complain that we ruined their "new $100 pair of pants" by getting bleach on them. We do add bleach to our sanitizer since the beginning of the pandemic, but it's like a 1:1,000 ratio. She continually called and emailed about how they already ordered a new pair and we will reimburse her. She showed up a couple days later with the pants, that they hadn't even washed yet because they "didn't want to make it worse." Our sweet day bartender noticed it was not the usual color of bleached jeans, grabbed a pen, scraped at the spot, and whatever little bit of sauce she had dropped on their pants that day chipped away. She left with the pants and we haven't seen her since. Favorite outcome to a wild situation.

    577 votes
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    560 VOTES

    Repossessing A Ferris Wheel

    From Reddit user u/shutuphobbes:

    A married couple in their fifties arguing how they were going to explain the fact they couldn't pay the remainder of the 3 million euro bill for a Ferris wheel they'd ordered 18 months ago, already put a million deposit on, and who's collection was due at 8am the following morning.

    Reddit user u/Mr_Unknown_69_ replied:

    That is a story I want to hear from them directly.

    560 votes
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    473 VOTES

    Bringing A Kid To The Bar

    From Reddit user u/WhereTheWildflowersR:

    I once had to ask a woman to remove her infant from the bar top. She put them on the floor.

    Reddit user u/WhenThatBotlinePing replied:

    I worked at a punk rock bar for a bit years ago. One brunch this dude comes in with two young kids, and sits down to order brunch. We tried to warn him away, but he was adamant on staying. He complained when “F*ck the Pain Away” by Peaches came on the jukebox. Like...

    “I’m here with my kids! This is inappropriate!”

    Yes, where do you think you are right now?

    473 votes
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    529 VOTES

    Meeting A Parrot

    From Reddit user u/Midiblye:

    One day I was busy serving a large group, but the restaurant was mostly empty and a guy behind me at the bar said "you wanna pet my parrot?" My initial reaction was the same as if a stranger had just come up behind me and touched my shoulders, but when I turned around... It really was a guy with a parrot on his shoulder. The parrot's name was Bobby and yes both me and the bartender pet him.

    529 votes