Do you know how you can tell if someone works or has worked in a pub or bar?

If they drop something, they will always, always try and kick it to soften the landing.

  • I do this and I work or have worked in a pub or bar
  • I don’t do this but I work or have worked in a pub or bar
  • I do this but I do not work/have not worked in a pub or bar
  • I don’t do this and I do not work/have not worked in a pub or bar
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It’s a fairly safe bet someone’s done bar work if they always take empties with them when they go up to get a drink (or leave).

Occasionally, they say “that reminds me of that time I worked at a pub or a bar”
  • I do this but do not / have not worked at a pub / bar
  • I don’t do this but do not / have not worked at a pub / bar
  • I do this and do work / have worked at a pub / bar
  • I don’t do this but do work / have worked at a pub /bar
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Tried to do this once with an N64 pad, fucked the timing, kicked it into a radiator and broke the joystick. Still sad about it.




They have a “you don’t have to be mad to have worked in a pub or bar…but it helps!” mug


Did some bar work for events and stuff, but I picked up this habit from chemistry labs. Same deal though, trying to cushion the fall of glassware.

Did see someone fully punt a round-bottomed (don’t) flask across the lab and into a wall when trying this, which was pretty funny.


Alternative hypothesis for kicking to soften the landing

  • I do this and used to (/still) play hacky sack
  • I do this but haven’t played hacky sack
  • I don’t do this but used to (/still) play hacky sack
  • I don’t do this and haven’t played hacky sack
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I don’t do this. I let the gods decide its fate (usually death).

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Did this instinctively with a very heavy doorstop once in a retail job and it did not end well.


Yeah this is definitely a thing. Also how people talk/interact with checkout or bar staff gives you a big clue too. Not necessarily whether they’re rude or not but just the manner of the interaction. Can’t really explain it properly.


Think it’s people sensibly adjusting how they order to the situation.

Quiet bar - little chat
Busy - just order
Busy and loud - order with a little charades routine to help out


Obviously the biggest tell is a colossal disdain for the general public.


The real tell is if they put washed glasses at the back of the cupboard. Not everyone would do this obviously but if they do you’re damned right they’re a bar veteran, probably who still have nightmares about it.

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you can tell people haven’t been a waiter if when the waiter comes with the food they start moving stuff around on the table, like trying to help but just doing it all wrong and making it more difficult. also after the meal handing plates to the waiter when they’re obviously trying to collect things in a certain order to be most efficient.


I’m not one for broad brushstrokes but I don’t think I trust anyone who hasn’t had at least one low level job in retail or hospitality (obvious caveats implied)


I more try to catch/cushion the falling object with my foot than kick it. Did work in a pub but had never thought of any connection.

I’ve never worked in a bar but I once responded to a drink spillage by nipping over to the bar and asking to borrow their blue roll and felt a weird kind of smugness when one of the staff asked if I worked in a pub and how I could possibly know about blue roll it I wasn’t a bar person.

A lot of this is applicable to retail/service work in general though, the assumption that the people serving you are human beings who are likely having a busy/miserable time, the instinct to solve or prevent mess from happening, not waiting for the staff to solve all your problems for you, etc…

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Things that will make people think you know what you’re on about:

blue roll