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All right, so I've harangued customers for being rude in past posts, and turnabout is fair play. This may come as a shock to some, but bartenders can be the rudest of them all. Not shocked? I wish you were.
First, there's the superiority complex of certain bartenders, and I'm not just talking about "mixologists." I've walked into many bars where I felt that I had to genuflect before the bartender to get any pittance of a beverage, let alone a well-made drink.
I'm not saying its right, but at least with mixologists at cocktail bars I have a better chance of getting a good drink, effrontery aside. What excuse do you have if you're just some boorish bar-waiter, barren of talent, woefully lacking experience and devoid of compassion, with no inkling of humility in the face of someone turning over his or her hard-won money to you? None.
I'm a polite person, so in these situations I feel like I've done something wrong most of the time. I end up apologizing for asking the bartender to add bitters to my Manhattan, which he swears up and down is unheard of; I've implored the bartender to give more than a splash of tonic and leave the browning lime off my gin & tonic, while they drown the drink in gin and thoughtlessly add the lime anyway; and felt like I've committed a crime by ordering a Coke for the designated driver. It's just maddening.