Mohawks and Scotch Drinks
"The craziest co-worker is an Australian man from Melbourne who would wear his hair in 70's mullets and 80's mohawks, and invent awesome drinks with crazy names the 'Penicillin.'" — Lucinda Sterling (Little Branch, Middle Branch)
Chase Down That Tip
"I used to have a boss that was a bit nuts. He would flip out all the time, argue with customers and the chef, and—my favorite—chase people down who didn't leave a decent tip. He would confront them, often a half a block down the street on the sidewalk, demand to know why they didn't leave a good tip. In his defense, we did have a lot of European customers that frankly just didn't know American tipping etiquette, but many other times it was because we were understaffed and service was probably lacking…" —Adam Robinson (The Bent Brick)
Blondes and Bowls
"Veronika was a 22-year-old half-Norwegian stunning blonde who used to get herself (and anyone who would join her) ridiculously stoned during her shift. The best part was that she made at least double the tips she'd normally make after a bowl or four. Fond memories from the City Pub in Northern California." —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)
What Is Crazy, Really?
"Well, it's difficult… because often bartenders are already at the end of their tethers, after having 64,000 kids with fake IDs come up to the bar and say 'Can I have a vodka Sprite with a splash of cranberry?'. Can it really be considered crazy to jump over the bar and chase someone for the dollar they owe you for a three dollar soda, or holding a full bottle of rum and saying 'You wanna piece of me?' Crazy is a strong word. I'd say she's just found herself in a particular circumstance." — Kahil Nayton ( Larry Lawrence, Terminal 5 )