I can’t believe I forgot this one. It should be right up there in the top ten bar myths, ever. Read on.
11. You have the right to a free drink on your birthday.
I wish I knew how this one got started. It seems really bizarre to me, and it’s something that some people are very passionate about. I’ve had people curse at me, throw things, and storm out of my bar in a rage when I told them I wasn’t going to buy them a ten-dollar drink for their birthday.
It’s especially shocking when it’s someone I’ve never seen before. Sure, if a hardcore regular confesses that it’s their birthday I’ll probably buy them a little something. Hell, I even have a small expense account provided to me by my bosses for just that purpose. But when a complete stranger walks in to my bar and demands a free shot, they’re probably going to go thirsty.
Much like trying to stay and drink for free after the bar closes, I wonder why people aren’t doing this in other businesses. Can you imagine walking into the grocery store, filling up a cart and taking it to the checkout aisle?
“It’s my birthday! Do I get these groceries for free?”
Someone call security.