Tip #4: The Inside Man
Suggest meeting up for beers at a spot where you know the bartenders well, but plan to get there a few minutes early so you can warn the kind folks behind the taps about your drinking buddy's dismal tipping. I'd also recommend throwing them a few extra bones ahead of time to show your appreciation. In my experience, plenty of bartenders have no problem whatsoever confronting a customer about a shitty tip, especially if they know it’s coming. Once your friend arrives, sit back, sip your Scotch, and enjoy the impending rude awakening. Let's hope it leaves a mark.
Tip #5: The War Story
Bad tippers, almost without fail, are service-industry virgins. For whatever reason, these guys are guaranteed to have never spent a single summer handing over ice cream cones to snot-nosed toddlers or mopping up Guinness-scented vomit at 2am while the same damn Sublime song plays over and over on the jukebox. They have zero idea how the other half lives and that lack of life experience might just be to blame for their miserly ways.
Start the evening regaling them with hilarious stories from your time behind the bar and then, once you really have their attention, launch into an impassioned diatribe about a particularly awful tipper, and be sure to include the numbers. If this person has even an ounce of compassion, they'll think twice next time they go the 10% route.
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Meredith Heil is a freelance journalist, event producer, and an avid craft beer geek who throws beer-centric parties all over Brooklyn.