Has anyone ever noticed strange and unfriendly behaviour from the staff at the Boot & Flogger?. We were stunned on Friday evening when one of the barmaids demanded that we replaced the armchair we had moved slightly across to our table, and argued when asked why she had been doing so so rudely and unnecessarily, that we wouldn't like it if someone was rearranging the furniture in our living-room!. When I failed to see the logic behind the argument she insisted the man who'd sat next to us (and who had a choice of two armchairs to sat on), was usually accompanied by his wife. We dutifully put back the armchair to where it belonged even though the customer himself said he didn't mind if we took the armchair. The regular's wife never turned up, our friends did, so we did eventually use the armchair but left us wondered what was wrong with the staff. Could it be they can't get used to the new clientele and only cater to the regulars?
P2009, your story reminds me of an argument I had in the 'Lord Raglan' pub in the City nearly forty years ago. It was a very busy Friday evening and I had been standing at the bar for about ten minutes with my fiver in my hand, held in such a way as to make it obvious that I was still waiting to be served. People were arriving over my shoulder and getting served before me and I eventually got the hump. I said to the barman that I was still waiting to be served after at least ten minutes and people were arriving after me and being served before me. His response was, "We look after our regulars first and I haven't seen you in here before." he was right in that I had never been in there before, but I imediately retorted, " How the b***** hell do you become a regular if you can't get served in the first place!' That was the first and last time I had ever been told to leave a pub, but not before telling him to put his beer where the sun don't shine. I drove past the 'Raglan' last Sunday and it brought it all back.I couldn't help smiling to myself