Is being a condescending prick the new requirement to bartend?

The Economy Shoe Shoppe is my favourite bar in all of Halifax. I love it there. I met some friends there last night (Good Friday), who each had a drink, and went into the bar to ask if I could get one for me. I walked up to the bartender, who looked at m

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Published April 20, 2006.Is being a condescending prick the new requirement to bartend?

The Economy Shoe Shoppe is my favourite bar in all of Halifax. I love it there. I met some friends there last night (Good Friday), who each had a drink, and went into the bar to ask if I could get one for me. I walked up to the bartender, who looked at me, as if to say, can I help you? (I'm saying this so it's clear that I didn't barge in and demand anything.) I said hi, could I get a drink please? He said, no, it's Good Friday. I said, but my friends have them, I don't understand. He came back with (in a very condescending tone), I'm not breaking the law. Maybe someone else will here, but I'm not. I said, "breaking the law, what?" He said even more condescendingly, "it's not a Shoe Shoppe law, it's a Nova Scotia law". At this point I'm thinking, thank you, you fucking asshole, I know what the word "law" means. I still don't know what law he's talking about. I'm sober, I'm 24...what's the problem? I gave him an odd look, and he FINALLY tells me that in order to be open on Good Friday, you can't serve alcohol alone, but that you have to serve food with it. That's fine. I totally don't mind that. Just don't be a prick about it...not everyone reads the liquor laws before heading out for the evening.

My night could have been so much better had the transaction gone like this:

"Hi, can I please get a drink?" "No, I'm sorry. Because it's Good Friday, we're only allowed to be open and serving alcohol if the patrons are also eating." To which I would have replied, "Oh, okay, thanks anyway."

If I'd been a drunken asshole, or an asshole at all, fine. But excuse me for thinking I could get a drink in a fucking bar! So to that bartender, fuck you. The situation didn't call for you to be rude and condescending. All I needed was an explanation. By the time I left, I was seriously considering calling up the liquor board and pointing a finger at you for serving alcohol all by itself. I hope that your attitude and behaviour keep up. I hope you either get fired for being a prick or that you're condescending to the wrong person who then waits for you outside the bar one night and punches you. Hard. Maybe that'll knock the sense of entitlement and self-righteousness out of you. You ruined my night and how I feel about the bar. Thanks a lot, asshole.

—Fed up with rudeness

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